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How to Become an Aide

Educational Requirements for Teacher's Aides

Positions at Non-Title I Campuses:

Regular Ed Aide Positions:

  • 15 semester hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university OR two years of full-time work related experience with students in an instructional or childcare facility

Special Ed Aide Positions:

  • 30 semester hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university OR three years of full-time work related experience with students in an instructional or childcare facility

Positions at Title I Campuses:

  • 48 semester hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university OR meets NCLB requirements for Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
View a list of Title I campuses in LCISD

Interested in becoming a highly qualified paraprofessional?

If you have not earned an associate’s degree or higher or completed 48 semester hours from a regionally accredited college or university, you can become recognized as a highly qualified paraprofessional by Lamar CISD upon successful completion of the ParaPro Assessment. The assessment is completed online at a location within the District and the test fee is $50.00. You can find study guides and additional information about the assessment at https://www.ets.org/parapro/about. To request information about upcoming test dates and to register for the assessment, please email Courtney Beard at cbeard@lcisd.org.

Highly Qualified
Paraprofessionals

The No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Act requires paraprofessionals assigned to instructional duties on a Title I, Part A Schoolwide served campus or those that have at least part of their salary paid for by Title I, Part A on a Targeted Assistance campus to meet the Paraprofessional Highly Qualified requirements. Requirements include:

  • Have completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education - defined as completion of 48 semester hours (or equivalent trimester hours) of college coursework or an applicable number of semester hours as defined by the institution of higher education attended, whichever is less; or
  • Have obtained an associate's (or higher) degree; or
  • Have met a rigorous standard of quality and can demonstrate, through a formal state or local academic assessment:
    • Knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing, reading, writing and mathematics; or
    • Knowledge of, and the ability to assist in instructing, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate.

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