Teacher Assistant Requirements in Texas

   
An instructional assistant that works in a Title I school or school wide program must meet at least one of the following qualifications:

  • Have completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
  • Have obtained an associates (or higher) degree; or
  • Have met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment such as ACT “WorkKeys”, Educational Testing Services (ETS) “ParaPro Assessment” (scores vary by school district)

Each person employed in Texas public schools as an educational aide (instructional paraprofessional) must be certified according to requirements established by the State Board for Educator Certification. School districts use the following definitions and guidelines to assign educational aides.

An educational aide I:
is assigned and performs routine tasks under the direction and supervision of a certified teacher or teaching team; releases the teacher from routine tasks and participates in selecting, planning, organizing, and evaluating; helps the teacher with clerical operations; helps the teacher supervise students in routine movement from one recreational activity to another; helps supervise the playground, bus, and lunchroom; helps the teacher prepare and use instructional media; duplicates instructional materials for teachers; performs classroom clerical operations under the supervision of a certified teacher; or performs equivalent activities determined by the local school district.

An educational aide II: is assigned and performs tasks under the general supervision of a certified teacher or teaching team; releases the teacher from routine tasks and participates in selecting, planning, organizing, and evaluating; helps the teacher prepare and use instructional materials; conducts drills and exercises as directed by the teacher; helps administer and score objective measurement instruments; helps the teacher work with individual students and groups; duplicates materials; records grades and attendance; prepares instructional aids, including displays and mockups; assists with play area activities; helps operate and use educational media; assists with testing routines; works with individual students in drills and exercises; conducts group drills and exercises; assists students with programmed or precise units of instruction; or performs equivalent activities determined by the local school district.

An educational aide III:performs and assumes responsibility for tasks under the general guidance of a certified teacher or teaching team; releases the teacher from routine tasks and participates in selecting, planning, organizing, and evaluating; helps the teacher implement methodology and use instructional media to yield an educational environment for all students; assists the teacher with instructional activities; works with individuals or groups of students in a variety of educational experiences; relieves the teacher of selected exercises and instructional drills with students; or performs equivalent activities determined by the local school district.

Certification Requirements
An applicant for an educational aide I certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a general education diploma (GED) certificate; and
  • Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent. Experience may be work in church related schools, day camps, youth groups, private schools, licensed day-care centers, or similar experience.

An applicant for an educational aide II certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a general education diploma (GED) certificate;
  • Have satisfied one of the following requirements:
    1. Have two creditable years of experience, as an educational aide I; or
    2. Have a minimum of 15 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; or
    3. Have demonstrated proficiency in a specialized skill area as determined by the local school district; and
    4. Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent.

An applicant for an educational aide III certificate must:

  • Be a high school graduate or hold a general education diploma (GED) certificate;
  • Have satisfied one of the following requirements:
    1. Have three creditable years of experience, as either an educational aide I or II; or
    2. Have 30 semester hours of college credit with some emphasis on child growth and development or related subject areas; and
    3. Have experience working with students or parents as approved by the employing superintendent.

Additional Preparations
 Background Checks and Fingerprinting: The Texas Education Agency has detailed information on steps how to undergo a criminal background check. The Fingerprinting Information and Frequently Asked Questions section will give you information about the different filing options and fees.