Teacher Assistant Requirements in Missouri

Requirements to work in Title I School
NCLB’s Highly Qualified Standard applies as a requirement for all teacher assistants seeking employment in Title I schools. An instructional paraprofessional 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 the following requirements in the state of Missouri:

  • 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
  • Completing a formal and state approved assessment that demonstrates knowledge of and the ability to assist in the instruction of, reading, writing, and math (ACT Work Keys, ParaPro Assessment, local assessment)

Requirements and Preparation
CPR/First Aid certified
Pass state and federal background checks