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 for no more than 5 consecutive days and no more than 10 days in a 30-day period in one job assignment for a regularly assigned teacher who is absent, except in the driver’s education classroom. A school district administrator may file a written request with the board for an extension of the 10-day limit in one job assignment on the basis of documented need and benefit to the instructional program. The licensure committee will review the request and provide a written decision either approving or denying the request. An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor’s degree and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed.