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Paraprofessional Requirements

A paraprofessional is an individual with instructional duties. Individuals who work solely in non-instructional roles, such as aides, food service, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, and non-instructional computer assistance are not considered to be paraprofessionals for Title I purposes. The requirements do not apply to individuals who work with special education students performing non-instructional duties, such as assisting with mobility and bodily functions. The requirements do not apply to individuals with: (a) primary duties to act as a translator or (b) duties consisting solely of conducting parental involvement activities. Refer to Section II of the Title II, Part A Handbook for complete information.

Certification Requirements for Georgia Paraprofessionals
Initial Certification Requirements
(Five-year certificate validity)
  • Employed as a paraprofessional in a Georgia school system
  • Hold at least an Associate's Degree (in any subject); or

    have completed two years of college coursework (60 semester hours); or

    have passed the GACE Paraprofessional Assessment. If eligibility is established through the assessment, the applicant must also hold a high school diploma or GED equivalent.
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Employing school system applies for certificate
Renewal Certification Requirements
  • Employed as a paraprofessional in a Georgia school system
  • Earn 6 semester hours or 10 quarter hours of college course work, or
    10 Professional Learning Units (PLUs), or
    10 credits of Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • Pass a criminal record check
  • Employing school system applies for certificate


“Highly Qualified” Requirements for Georgia Paraprofessionals
The Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA)/No Child Left Behind (NCLB) requires that all paraprofessionals who work in a program supported by Title I funds (School wide Program or Targeted Assistance Program) be “highly qualified.” “Highly qualified” paraprofessional requirements do not apply to those working in pre-kindergarten classrooms unless the position is funded by Title I. However, Georgia requires all paraprofessionals be “highly qualified.”

An educator holding a valid Clear Renewable Teaching, Service, or Leadership certificate is considered “highly qualified” to serve in a Paraprofessional position and does not need to also hold a Paraprofessional certificate.

For complete information on “highly qualified” requirements for Georgia Paraprofessionals, please refer to Section II, of the Title II, Part A Handbook.



Testing information for Georgia Paraprofessionals
Paraprofessionals working in Georgia must meet a rigorous standard of quality and demonstrate, through coursework or assessment:
  • Knowledge of and ability to assist in instructing, reading , writing, and mathematics; or
  • Knowledge of and ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.
If an assessment is required to be passed to meet requirements, following is the assessment information:

GA Paraprofessional Assessment

Accepted in Georgia from September 1, 2006, to the present.

For test preparation, registration information, and scoring information, please visit the GACE website.

ETS Paraprofessional Assessment Accepted in Georgia until March 1, 2007.
Passing score: 456
GA Paraprofessional Assessment Administered July, 2002, – November, 2002.
Passing score: 75