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 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 occupational training; 10 hours are employability training. 


  • Certifications students must have a High School diploma or High School Equivalency diploma to enroll in a certifications class with Indy Reads. If you do not have a diploma, join our High School Equivalency class!
  • Students must have access to an electronic device that allows them to use Google Chrome and Zoom video conferencing software. Students may also need a notebook and writing utensils for note taking. Laptops and mobile hotspots are available for students as loans from Indy Reads throughout the course.

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.

Employer partners

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Paraprofessional Certification graduates who earn their Paraprofessional certificate are guaranteed an interview with our employer partners, MSD Wayne Township Schools and Indianapolis Public Schools.

Earn Your Paraprofessional Certification with Indy Reads!

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

We look forward to meeting you soon! 

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