Central Rivers AEA offers multiple training opportunities for paraeducators who are currently employed as a practicing paraeducator. For more specific information, please click on the tabs on the left of this page.

Paraeducator Certification Course #15428 (formerly known as Generalist)

Paraeducators just starting their journey of continuing education will need to take the Paraeducator Certification Course. This 90-hour course begins with a face-to-face orientation session and then allows paraeducators to work independently through an online course via Moodle. The 2018-19 course dates are:

September 2018 Dates                                                               January 2019 Dates

Clear Lake AEA:              9/24/18   4:30-7:30 PM                        1/15/19   4:30-7:30 PM    SNOW DATE 1/15/18

Cedar Falls AEA:             9/25/18    4:30-7:30 PM                       1/17/19   4:30-7:30 PM    SNOW DATE 1/16/18

Marshalltown AEA:         9/26/18   4:30-7:30 PM                        1/16/19   4:30-7:30 PM   SNOW DATE 1/17/18

For more information, please read our Certification Course Information.

Early Childhood Area of Concentration

Paraeducators who currently hold a valid certificate and work in an early childhood classroom may be interested in obtaining the Early Childhood Certification. The early childhood area of concentration requires 3 face-to-face courses. For more information, please read Early Childhood Area of Concentration.

Special Education Area of Concentration

NEW to Central Rivers AEA, we now offer the level 2 area of concentration in special needs. The area of concentration consists of a 16-hour workshop, a self-guided study, and the substitute authorization course. For more information, please read Special Needs Area of Concentration.

Paraeducators Needing to Renew their Certification

Read over Renewal Credit information for information on how to renew your paraeducator certificate


Contact Us

Name Position Email
Donna Perry Records Management Donna Perry
Amy Moine Director of Professional Learning Amy Moine

Paraeducator Instructors

Name Position Email
Heather Staebell Paraeducator Program Administrator and Instructor Heather Staebell