Title I Paraprofessional Requirements

Paraprofessionals who work in a Title I program must meet federal qualification requirements even if the position is not paid with Title I funds. In a Targeted Assistance Title I school, this applies to paraprofessionals who provide Title I-supported services to students identified for assistance. In a Schoolwide Title I school, this applies to all paraprofessionals including paraprofessionals supporting students receiving special education services.

All paraprofessionals who work in the Title I program must have a high school diploma or its equivalent. Paraprofessionals who assist with instruction must meet additional requirements with one of three options currently available in Minnesota:

Option A

Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education (a minimum of 60 semester credits or the amount required to complete two years of full-time enrollment as defined by the institution attended); or

Option B

Obtained an associate's (or higher) degree; or

Option C

Demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, readiness for each of these subject areas) by passing the ParaPro test with a minimum score of 460. The test is administered by appointment in participating school districts, regional offices of education, and other agencies. Go to ParaPro Assessment for more information.

For questions about Title I requirements, please contact Wayne Kuklinski or Sara George.