Paraprofessional Training and Certification

What is a Paraprofessional?

Paraprofessionals are crucial 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.

Our Paraprofessional Training Certification Course

This completely online, completely free, nine-week course combines High School Equivalency coursework and education pedagogy 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 occupational training; 10 hours are employability training. Orientations held monthly. 

Other Information

Upon completion of the program, Indy Reads will pay the testing fee for the participant. Indy Reads will also offer career counseling resumé writing, and soft skills development.

Call Indy Reads (317-384-1496) to learn more or fill out this online form and sign up today!

Employer Partner

At Your School, Inc (AYS, Inc) has committed to offering interviews and preferential placement for their Youth Development Associate job openings for adult learners who earn their ParaProfessional credential with Indy Reads.

The AYS mission is to keep kids safe while providing them with fun and enriching experiences that help them develop socially and emotionally. When you join the AYS team, you get the opportunity to help drive this mission and make a real, lasting impact on the families in our community. Through their robust training program, many professional development opportunities, and on-site experience, you will gain the necessary skills to help you advance your own career.

Position Benefits

  • FREE before- and after-school programming for your children
  • Potential availability to work at the same program where your children are attending
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) Youth Development Leaders and Associates receive a $0.50 hourly pay increase after 3 months and $500 bonus after 6 months!
  • Full- and part-time positions with morning and afternoon shifts across central Indiana
  • Career pathways allow for promotions within the organization
  • Generous paid time off
  • Full health benefits