Paraeducator Certification Courses

Courses available through Great Prairie AEA

Why become a certified paraeducator?

Paraeducators are integral partners in the education setting so they need top-notch skills to provide the best academic and emotional support to students.

Paraeducator Course I

After completing Paraeducator Course I paraeducators will be able to:

  • Recognize and support the developmental stages of students.

  • Use accommodations to support unique learning needs.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the common core.

  • Work collaboratively and respectfully with teachers.

  • Ethically serve students and maintain confidentiality.

  • Collaboratively support IEP Goals.

Click here to register for Paraeducator I in Ottumwa

These courses will be held at GPAEA in Ottumwa with the option to attend virtually via Zoom.

Paraeducator Course II

After completing Paraeducator Course II paraeducators will be able to:

  • Follow the prescribed health, safety, and emergency school and classroom policy and procedures

  • Organize materials to support teaching and learning.

  • Promote a safe and positive learning environment.

  • Function in various instructional settings (e.g., large group, small group, tutoring).

  • Assist with learning activities and opportunities to accomplish instructional objectives.

  • Support high expectations that are shared, clearly defined and appropriate.

  • Abide by the Iowa code of ethics and professional practice rules of the board of educational examiners and rules of the Iowa department of education.

  • Demonstrate the ability to separate personal issues from one’s responsibilities in the workplace.

  • Share information regarding students’ performance, behavior, or program with students’ parents or guardians only as directed by the supervising teacher or educator.

  • Demonstrate ethical behavior when supporting students with graded activities, quizzes, and tests.

Click here to register for Paraeducator II in Ottumwa

These courses will be held at GPAEA in Ottumwa with the option to attend virtually via Zoom.

Paraeducator Course III

After completing Paraeducator Course III paraeducators will be able to:

  • Effectively use verbal and nonverbal forms of communication with students.

  • Assist with the implementation and use of instructional and assistive technology.

  • Assist in modeling and teaching specific appropriate behaviors, social skills, and procedures that facilitate safety and learning in various environments.

  • Assist in the implementation of individualized behavior management plans.

  • Assist in modifying the learning environment to manage behavior and social skills.

  • Recognize that there is a cause or reason for misbehavior and assist in determining the cause or reason.

  • Recognize, address, and report bullying.

  • Recognize and report atypical emotional behavior.

  • Foster a professional and caring relationship with stakeholders ( students, families, colleagues, administrators)

  • Participate in ongoing professional development.

  • Accept and apply constructive feedback.

Click here to register for Paraeducator III in Ottumwa

These courses will be held at GPAEA in Ottumwa with the option of attending virtually via Zoom.


Michelle Dickey

ELL & Professional Development Consultant
Great Prairie AEA
3601 W. Avenue
Burlington, IA 52601


Great Prairie Area Education Agency works as an educational partner with public and accredited, nonpublic schools to help students, school staff, parents and communities. Great Prairie AEA provides professional development and leadership to promote school improvement, a variety of instructional services, special education support services, and technology and media services. It is the policy of the Great Prairie Education Agency not to discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, religion, creed, age (for employment), marital status (for programs), sexual orientation, gender identity and socioeconomic status (for programs) in its educational programs and its employment practices. There is a grievance procedure for processing complaints of discrimination. If you have questions or a grievance related to this policy please contact Greg Manske, 3601 West Avenue, Burlington, IA 52601, (319) 753-6561 x1217, (employment practices) or Dr. Angelisa Fynaardt, 2814 N. Court Road, Ottumwa, IA 52501, (641) 682-8591 x5311, (educational programs).