According to the Florida State Department of Education in order to be a paraprofessional in a Title I and non-Title I school you must hold a High School diploma or its equivalent (GED). In addition to that you must have successfully completed at least one of the following.
- Two years of study at a post secondary institution. The amount and type of college credits are left to the discretion of each school district. ; or
- An associates degree or higher; or
- Pass a state approved assessment that demonstrates knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing, and mathematics.
It is important to note that only paraprofessionals that serve in an instructional capacity must meet the above requirements. Paraprofessionals that serve in an instructional capacity include those who provide one-on-one tutoring, assist with managing the classroom, provide instructional support in a computer lab, provide instructional assistance in a library or media center, or provide instructional support services under the direct supervision of a certified teacher.
Non-instructional Paraprofessionals or those who serve solely as translators or parent involvement specialists, are only required to have a high school diploma or its equivalent.
State Approved Assessments
ETS Praxis ParaPro Assessment- contact the school district that you plan to work in because the qualifying score varies by county and school district.