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  • Paraprofessionals are assistants to trained professionals. Although commonly associated with the educational system, paraprofessionals can also work in other fields such as health care and the legal system.

    Function

    Teacher's assistants commonly help teachers during standardized testing times, during after-school programs, and when working with students whose native language is not English.

    Certification

    According to DegreeDirectory.org, several colleges offer 2 and 4 year teacher aid certification. The most common certification test is the ParaPro Assessment which "measures competencies in math, reading and writing."

    Facts

    Requirements and certification vary from state to state, and depend greatly upon the desired focus. Paraprofessionals who work with children frequently must pass a background check.

    Considerations

    Although paraprofessionals can work either part-time or full-time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that approximately 40 percent of teacher's assistants work part-time. Full-time workers usually received benefits, whereas part-time workers did not.

    Career Outlook

    According to the BLS, employment opportunities will increase by about 10 percent between 2008 and 2018. Those with certification and two years of post secondary education will have the best opportunities.

    Source:

    BLS: Teacher Assistants

    Degree Directory: Paraprofessional

    National Resource Center for Paraprofessionals

    More Information:

    Illinois State Board of Education: Paraprofessional Approval Form

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