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Paraeducator (Ed)

Campus Location: Calmar, Peosta, Online

Program Entry: Fall, Spring, Summer

Award: Certificate


The Paraeducator Certification program is designed to prepare you to support and assist teachers and students in a wide variety of educational and community service settings. You will be given the opportunity to work with children, especially children with disabilities.

The Paraeducator course work will ensure you have the knowledge and skills needed to support and supplement teacher/provider programs and administrative functions. Upon completion, you will be prepared to apply for Paraeducator Certification from the State Department of Education. Employment opportunities include, but are not limited to, paraprofessional jobs in schools and agencies serving children with disabilities.

Paraeducator (Ed)

Admissions Requirements:

  • Submission of your official high school transcript with ACT score.
  • Submission of transcript from any college or university previously attended.
  • Completion of ACCUPLACER assessment if necessary.

In addition to the College admission requirements outlined, applicants must complete a basic skills assessment prior to being accepted into the Level II Option of the Paraeducator Program. Prior to a practicum (Level II), you may be required to complete a criminal record/child and adult abuse registry check.

Paraeducator (Ed)

Academic Requirements:

Minimum Credits: 6+

View the printable Ed Plan.

Level I:  All paraeducators wishing to obtain a certificate must go through Level I training. 

Level I
EDU:125/HSV:160 Making a Difference 3.0
EDU:126/HSV:161 Observation and Management of Behavior 3.0

Completion of Level I plus completion of:

Level II
EDU:175/HSV:162 Introduction to Human Disabilities and Services 3.0

Level II:  Advanced Paraeducator Certification involves completion of approved AA degree and practicum or completion of 62 approved college credits and a practicum.

Associate of Arts Degree requirements plus: Early Childhood AA, Education AA, Human Services AA

Paraeducator (Ed)

Employment Information:

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Salary

$19,563 - $24,875

Iowa Workforce Development Estimated Annual Openings (Statewide)


Employers of NICC Alumni

Hempstead High School, Dubuque, IA
Mitchell Country Regional Health Center, Osage, IA
Postville Community School Distrcit, Postville, IA

Paraeducator (Ed)

Additional Information:


Todd Ecklund
Dean of Business and Computer Science
800.728.7367, ext 208

Sam Townswick
800.728.2256, ext. 336