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How do I become a paraprofessional and do I need to be certified?

Paraprofessionals are required to hold a substitute certificate or have passed the ParaPro Assessment (MEGA) in order to work under the direct supervision of an appropriately certified teacher to provide instructional assistance. The Paraprofessional Assessment is also required for individuals seeking to be employed as teaching assistants residing in Title I schools.

 Learn about how to get your substitute certification here: https://dese.mo.gov/educator-quality/certification/substitute-teachers

Learn more about the ParaPro Assessment here: http://www.mo.nesinc.com/TestView.aspx?f=HTML_FRAG/SA001_TestPage.html

Note: Paraprofessionals cannot have a caseload.

For more information about paraprofessionals, please see the Consolidated Federal Programs Administrative Manual

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