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Heartland AEA realizes the importance of para support in enhancing the educational achievements of children. Paraeducators assist teachers with multiple levels of support in the classroom and often are referred to as "teacher's aides." Special education paraeducators often provide one-to-one instructional or other direct support for students identified as needing special education services.

Heartland AEA is an approved provider of the Paraeducator Generalist Certificate Program. This certificate is a voluntary program supported by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and the Iowa Department of Education. The certificate requires successful completion of 90 clock hours of training in the areas of behavior management, exceptional child and at-risk child behavior, collaboration skills, interpersonal relation skills, child and youth development, technology and ethical responsibilities and behavior.

If you are interested in becoming a paraeducator, visit our Paraeducator Certification page.

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