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. Please refer to the Title II, Part A LEA Handbook, available on the GaDOE II-A website, 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 For Paraprofessional Licenses expiring between 2011 and 2017:
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA;
  • No renewal credit (coursework) is required;
  • Pass a criminal record check;
  • Employing school system applies for certificate.
For Paraprofessional Licenses expiring in 2018 or later:
  • Employment by a Georgia LUA;
  • Certificate holders who are employed by a Georgia LUA in a position requiring certification must have an individual Professional Learning Plan (PLP) or a Professional Learning Goal (PLG) coordinated with their supervisor and employing LUA. These PLPs or PLGs are developed and maintained locally, and must be aligned with individual educator evaluation results as well as with school and school system professional learning plans. To be acceptable for certificate renewal, the PLP or PLGs must be directly associated with the annual personnel evaluation. (For additional information, please see Rule 505-2-.36 Renewal effective date: July 1, 2017);
  • Pass a criminal background 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 the Title II, Part A LEA Handbook, available on the GaDOE II-A website, for complete information.



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