Teacher Assistant Requirements in Delaware

   

The Delaware State Department of Education (DOE ) will certify, with a valid 5 year permit, three classes of teacher assistants: instructional para-educator, service paraprofessional, and  Title I para-educator (details that define each position are listed below). You must also undergo finger printing and a criminal background check.

A Title I Para-educator must hold a Title I Para-educator Permit. To obtain a permit, you must submit evidence to the school district, charter school, or other employing authority at least ONE of the following

  1. Completion of at least two years of study in general or educational studies at an institution of higher education; or
  2. Receipt of an associates or higher degree; or
  3. Evidence of a high school diploma or its general equivalent, and a passing score on an assessment of knowledge of, and the ability to assist in, the instruction in reading, writing, and mathematics. Accepted assessments include:
  • Para Pro examination with a qualifying score of 459 or higher.
  • Such alternative as may be established by the Standards Board, with the approval of the State Board.

All instructional para-educators and service para-educators must hold the appropriate permit issued by the DOE for whom the school district, charter school, or other employing authority has submitted a DOE approved application form and who provides evidence of a high school diploma or its recognized equivalent

Para-educator Permit Validity

Permit shall be valid for 5  years from the date of Issuance.The Department shall renew a Paraeducator Permit, valid for an additional 5 years, to para-educators whose school district, charter school, or other employing authority provides evidence to the Department of successful completion of a minimum of 15 clock hours of professional development. 15 clock hours of professional development is required to be completed during the term of validity of the Para-educator Permit.

How to define your Para-educator Position/Class

According to Professional Standards Board TITLE 14 Education Delaware  Administrative Code these positions are defined by the state as follows:

“Instructional Para-educator” means a public school employee who provides one-on-one or small group instruction; assists with classroom management or individual student behavior; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; assists in training and support with functional skill activities, such as personal care or assisting in technology; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Instructional Para-educators are those working with regular education students and students with disabilities in schools other than Title I school wide schools or with students not receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools.

“Service Para-educator” means a public school employee who provides support services other than instructional assistance to students, but does not include bus aides.

“Title I Para-educator” means a public school employee who provides one on one or small group instruction assists with classroom management; provides assistance in a computer laboratory; provides support in a library or media center; or provides instructional services to students under the direct supervision of a teacher. Additionally, Title I Para-educators are all Instructional Para-educators who work with regular students and children with disabilities in Title I school-wide schools and all Title I Para-educators who work with children receiving Title I services in Title I targeted assistance schools, except those whose duties are limited to acting as a translator or as a home school liaison.