Paraeducator Area of Concentration Courses Offered This Summer

Heartland AEA is offering four Paraeducator Area of Concentration courses this summer. A prerequisite for these courses is having completed and received the Paraeducator Generalist (Level I) certification. Each of these courses can be used as the three credits needed to renew a paraeducator certificate and can also be used to add an area of concentration to a paraeducator certificate.

The cost to register for each course is $180. The fee to add an area of concentration to your paraeducator certificate through the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners is $25 (subject to change) once you complete the course.

Paraeducator Concentration: English as a Second Language (ESL)

  • June 1, June 15 & June 29, 2024 (3 hours)
  • Via Zoom + online work due by June 30, 2024

For the ESL course only, Title III funds will provide a stipend of $300 for all paraeducators who work with English Learners, fulfill the course requirements and are currently employed by a public or non-public PK-12 school in the Heartland AEA service area. (Not available for employees of Des Moines Public Schools or Johnston Schools.) A reimbursement claim form will be available at the end of class.

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Paraeducator Concentration: Library, Media & Technology

  • June 18 & June 25, 2024 (4 hours)
  • Via Zoom + online work due by July 2, 2024

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Paraeducator Concentration: Special Needs

  • July 15, July 16, July 17 & July 18, 2024 (9 hours)
  • Via Zoom + online work due by July 24, 2024

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Paraeducator Concentration: Early Childhood

  • July 23, July 24, July 25, July 30, July 31 & Aug. 1, 2024 (12 hours)
  • Via Zoom + online work due by Aug. 6, 2024

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Logging In:

Your AEA Login is the same email and password you use to log into the AEA Learning Online system (e.g. Mandatory Reporter, Bloodborne Pathogens).


Once you have logged in, click on the Register button for your course. Next, read the Disclaimer and click Accept to continue the registration.

Online Payment Options:

  • Visa or MasterCard
  • Purchase Order issued by an Iowa school district
  • Split payment: a portion of the fee is paid with a purchase order (school district) and the remainder is paid with a credit card (participant)

You will receive a confirmation email after you register.


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