In Iowa, it is a requirement for all teacher assistants to be certified. All certificates are issued when the application is filed on a form provided by the board of educational examiners. In order to obtain the initial paraeducator certificate, all applicants must complete a preparation program that is approved by the state board. After this step, then the applicant must receive a recommendation from the designated certifying official at the location where the program was completed. A certificate is valid only from and after the date of issuance for 5 years.
Applicants must possess:
- A minimum of a high school diploma or a graduate educational development diploma; and
- Shall have successfully completed at least 90 clock hours of training in the areas of behavior management, exceptional child and at-risk child behavior, collaboration skills, interpersonal relations skills, child and youth development, technology, and ethical responsibilities and behavior.
Applicants shall be disqualified for any of the following reasons:
- The applicant is less than 18 years of age
- The applicant has been convicted of child abuse or sexual abuse of a child
- The applicant has been convicted of a felony
- The applicant’s application is fraudulent
- The applicant’s certification from another state is suspended or revoked
- The applicant fails to meet board standards for application for an initial or renewed certificate
Please refer to the Para-educator Program Offerings List for more information on finding a state approved paraeducator certificate program
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