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Paraprofessional Training

Paraprofessional Qualifications

**Employees hired after March 13, 2013 and all other applicants must successfully complete a minimum 48 semester college hours earned toward a college degree & verified by college transcript to become qualified for Paraprofessional.

Current Employees hired prior to March 13, 2013 will need to complete one of the following options:

  1. Successfully complete a minimum of 48 semester college hours or Associate’s degree.
  2. Complete 14 hours of approved in-service in Paraprofessional Training Components and successfully pass the Educational Testing Service Paraprofessional Assessment Test (Praxis).
    1. All of the following courses are required: (8 hours)
      1. Differentiated Classroom (2 hours)
      2. ESE 101 (2 hours)
      3. Recognizing Signs & Symptoms of Emotional Distress (2 hours)
      4. Response to Intervention (RTI) (2 hours)
    2. Then choose ONE of the following 6 hour class options:
      1. Common Core K-5: Close Reading (3 hours) + Common Core K-5: Text Complexity (3 hours)
      2. Common Core K-5: Mathematics (6 hours)
      3. Common Core 6-12: English Language Arts (6 hours)
      4. Common Core 6-8: Mathematics (6 hours)
      5. Common Core 9-12: Mathematics (6 hours)

Please see Module Offerings: Santa Rosa – MODULES for ParaPro Subscription to learn more about the courses. All courses listed above can be found on the Beacon website.

Directions for creating a Beacon account and registering for a course.

Once the required 14 hours of in-service has been satisfied, the employee must contact Terri Powell in the Human Resource office by phone at 983-5037 or email her for information about the Praxis test. Also contact Ms. Powell if you have questions about this process.


*Paraprofessional Testing is offered through Okaloosa County School System.*

Go to:  http://www.okaloosaschools.com/depts/hr/employment.  Click on Parapro Testing Information and follow the directions to register.  The fee for the test is $55.00.


  1. An employee who has earned 48 semester college hours or more is not required to satisfy the in-service hours or take the Praxis test.
  2. Paraprofessionals are required to work directly with students at least 50% of their day.
  3. A Principal’s recommendation is not automatic. It is dependent upon staffing & the assigned duties of the employee.
  4. However, once Para-qualified, the employee is eligible to interview and possibly transfer to school sites in need of Paraprofessionals.