Iowa Department of Education Paraeducator

Link to the DE webpage to find the following documents:

Legal Requirements and Reports

Paraeducators Who Are Licensed Teachers 2009

Highly Qualified Paraeducator Requirements Under NCLB

Highly Qualified Paraeducator Requirements under IDEA 2004

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Guiding Practices

Paraeducator Certificate opportunities and Institutions (2006-10-25)

Appropriate Paraeducator Duties 2010

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Supporting Documents

Paraeducator Brochure: What is a Paraeducator (2006-11-03)

Paraprofessional Requirements for Iowa Schools (2011-04-22)

Requirements Flow Chart

Guide to Effective Paraeducator Practices II–2007

Paraeducators as Substitute Teachers

A substitute authorization allows an individual to substitute in grades PK-12.  An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor’s degree and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute in all classrooms.