To become a teacher assistant in the state of Oklahoma you must have a high school diploma or a General Educational Development (GED). In addition to that, if seeking employment in a Title I school, school wide program or Title I targeted assistance program who is paid with Title I funds, the following requirements are needed to qualify:
- Completed two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
- Obtained an associates (or higher) degree; or
- Meet a career development paraprofessional program approved by the State Board of Education, which includes an assessment of reading, writing, and math. In Oklahoma the paraprofessional will need to pass either the ParaPro test offered through Educational Testing Services (ETS) or the Oklahoma General Education Test (OGET).
Teaching Assistant Certification Credentials
Oklahoma teaching assistants may apply to the Teacher Certification Section, Oklahoma State Department of Education for a Title I Paraprofessional Credential by submitting the following:
- Fingerprint cards and the $59 fee for a criminal history record search or, for faster and more accurate results, you may have your fingerprints laser-scanned at the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE), Room 212, 2500 North Lincoln Boulevard, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, for a $59 processing fee. Fingerprints are scanned at the OSDE between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. For additional information refer to Fingerprint Information.
- Verification of having met at least one of the standards mentioned above
- Application for Oklahoma Title I Paraprofessional Credential. Contact Teacher Certification at 405-521-3337 to obtain the application.
- $10 processing fee (check, cashier’s check or money order) made payable to the Oklahoma State Department of Education.
Special Education Classroom Teacher Assistant Qualifications
In addition to the above standards all applicants must meet the following:
- Complete Oklahoma Special Education Paraprofessional Training (9 modules).
- Complete and maintain training and skills in Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.
- Complete training in Universal Precautions/Blood Borne Pathogens Training.
- Complete an additional 6 hours of professional development and Universal Precautions/Blood Borne Pathogens each school year thereafter.
For more information contact the Oklahoma State Department of Education Special Education Services website or call at 405-522-3248