Prepare for a career in K-12 education with a free paraprofessional certification

What is a Paraprofessional?

Paraprofessionals are important members of a school’s support staff. They are credentialed education professionals who work alongside and under the direction of a certified teacher or school professional. They provide instructional, behavioral and other support to students, often working one-on-one with students.

Some paraprofessionals work with students in a special education classroom. Others may work with students in a general education classroom or rotate to support all the classes in a specific grade level.

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Enrollment for new students for 2023-2024 has ended. 

Thank you for your interest in joining the Paraprofessional certification class at Indy Reads. Our intake of new students for the current program year (July 2023 – May 2024) has ended.

Please complete this interest form to give us your contact information. We will follow up with potential students in July to start orientations for the new program year that begins in Fall 2024. 

In the meantime, you will be receiving an emailed link to complete placement testing. Your test results will help us choose the best class option for you when our classes open again. 

Our prospective student form will re-open in Fall 2024. 

We look forward to meeting you soon! 

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I think education is important. I’m Black; I’m a woman; and I come from the inner city. I don’t think you can do a lot of things in life if you don’t have education behind you. In five years, I definitely want to have my own childcare center. Early childhood education is like the foremost important education, because it kind of sets the foundation of where you can go.

— Kierra D., Paraprofessional Certification Graduate 

About our free online Paraprofessional Certification Course

This completely online, completely free, nine-week course covers Indiana’s education curriculum to prepare participants for working with students in a K-12 setting.  

  • Students complete five hours of coursework each week
    • 15 hours are Adult Basic Education Instruction
    • 20 hours are paraprofessional skills training
    • 10 hours are employability training 
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Paraprofessional Certification Course Requirements

  • To enroll in Indy Reads’ certification classes, students must have a High School diploma or High School Equivalency (HSE) diploma. If you do not have a diploma, join our High School Equivalency class!
  • Students must have access to an electronic device for the online coursework.
  • Students may need a paper notebook and pen or pencil for note-taking. 
  • If needed, laptops and mobile hotspots are available for students from Indy Reads’ Technology Loaner Library for the nine weeks of the course.

More about the Paraprofessional Certification Course 

  • Upon completion of the program, Indy Reads will pay the testing fee for the participant.
  • Indy Reads will also offer career counseling, resumé writing assistance, and development of soft skills like preparing for a job interview, email etiquette, conflict resolution, and problem-solving. 
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Employer partners

Paraprofessional Certification graduates are guaranteed an interview with our employer partners: Metropolitan School District of Wayne Township and Indianapolis Public Schools.

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Earn Your Paraprofessional Certification with Indy Reads!

For more information about Indy Reads’ Paraprofessional Certification classes, call (317) 384-1496 or submit an interest form.

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We look forward to meeting you soon!

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