In order to become a teacher assistant in Indiana, the No Child Left Behind Act’s Highly Qualified Standard establishes the requirement for seeking employment in in the classroom. All instructional paraprofessionals in a Title I school-wide program or Title I targeted assistance program who is paid with Title I funds is required to meet at least ONE of following requirements in the state of Indiana:
- Successfully complete at least two years (48 semester hours) of study at an institution of higher education
- An associates degree from an accredited institution of higher education
- Pass a state or local assessment*
Additional Requirements and Preparation
CPR/First Aid certified
Pass state and federal background checks
* For instructional teacher assistants in Indiana school districts and schools receiving Title I funds, Indiana is adopting the ParaPro Assessment developed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS). Instructional teacher assistants with less than two years of college will be required to take this assessment. Passing score is a 460.