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
- Completion of at least two years of study in general or educational studies at an institution of higher education; or
- Receipt of an associates or higher degree; or
- 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.