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Paraeducator Support/Training

Chapter 14 regulations define Paraprofessionals as school employees who work under the direction of a certified staff member to support assist in providing instructional programs and services to children with disabilities or eligible children.

All instructional paraprofessionals must meet one of the following qualifications:

  1. have completed 2 years of post-secondary study.

  2. possess an associate degree or higher.

  3. meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a state or local assessment.

Also, instructional paraprofessionals shall provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities, annually, related to their assignment. Additional opportunities for instructional paraprofessionals may be provided at the BVIU to assist individuals in acquiring their 20 hours of staff development. 


Our training and consultation staff can ensure that your paraeducators are aware of the fourteen disability categories and know how to effectively work with students with special needs in both inclusive and special education settings. Typically, an annual training is held on Columbus Day where paraprofessionals can get 5-6 hours of training credit. Summer trainings are sometimes held in June or August. 


To see if paraprofessional trainings are currently being offered, please check our registration site: BVIU- Eventbrite.

Contact: Karin Pilarski, 724-774-7800 Ext. 3031 • E-mail TaC
Cost: IDEA funded for Beaver County districts and charter schools (Hourly rate/materials fees for private schools and agencies)