Skip Navigation LinksHome » Educator Preparation Division » Paraprofessionals

Paraprofessionals

Please see paraprofessional licensure requirements and assessment information. Georgia educators who hold a valid professional certificate may serve as Paraprofessionals without holding a specific Paraprofessional license.
Definition and “Highly Qualified” 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. Please refer to the Title II, Part A LEA Handbook, available on the GaDOE II-A website, for complete information.

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.

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.”