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For Paraeducator Applicants

ParaEducator Requirements

Beginning July 23, 2023, all employed paraeducators must meet the following minimum employment requirements under state and federal law:

  • Be at least eighteen years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent

In addition, a paraeducator must meet one of the following:

  1. Have received a qualifying score (455) on the Education Testing Service (ETS) paraeducator assessment (ParaPro)
  2. Pearson Paraprofessional assessment: 220 (that score is equivalent to the 50 out of 72 scorable multiple choice questions set by the Board)
  3. Complete The Master Teacher Inc. Paraeducator Online Training Program: 65%
  4. Hold an associate degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  5. Have earned 72 quarter credits or 48 semester credits at the 100 level or higher at an accredited college or university
  6. Have completed an apprenticeship as a paraeducator, in a program registered with the Washington State Apprenticeship and Training Council*

If you do not qualify under options 5-6, then you would need to pursue one of the options 1-3 to be considered for a regular paraeducator position with the Mead School District.