Teacher Assistant Requirements in Nebraska

Requirements to work in Title I School
In the state of Nebraska, all teacher assistants that wish to provide instructional assistance in a Title I school or any assistance program that is paid with Title I funds is required to meet one of following requirements:
  • 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
  • Demonstrated knowledge of and the ability to assist in the instruction of, reading, writing, and math by passing a formal and state approved assessment

State approved assessments for meeting Title I paraprofessional qualifications are as follows:

  • ParaPro (Educational Testing Services–ETS) passing score: 456
  • Para Educator (Master Teacher) Passing score: 70% on the comprehensive exam
  • Workkeys (ACT) Passing score: Writing – 4; Reading – 4; Math – 3; Instructional Skills Inventory – 150
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) Project Para – composite passing score: 11

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