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Becoming a Para-educator

Becoming a Para-educator

Are you eager to support children and make an impact in Springfield? Do you want to serve as a role model for students and help them achieve academic success? Are you looking to change careers to become a teacher? Becoming a Para-educator may be the career for you!

Para-educators provide assistance to teachers in the delivery of quality education and support services for students in an array of classroom settings. Examples of services include: life skills, developmental classrooms, social/emotional behavior support (SEBS), LINKS program, visual or mobility orientation, language learning delays, and medical care.

Para-educatorsin the Springfield Public Schools have a substantial benefit package including competitive wages, paid sick leave, paid holiday, earning incentive days, and professional development opportunities, including a robust Paraprofessional-to-Teacher pipeline program.

Required Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED, and 
  • Associate of Arts or Science Degree or higher, or
  • 60 undergraduate college credits, or
  • Meeting or exceeding the State mandated score on the Paraprofessional Assessment or Work Keys Assessment *

*A passing score on the Work Keys Assessment in the following areas:

  • Workplace Documents: 5
  • Applied Math: 4
  • Business Writing: 3
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