Keystone AEA's certification programs are specifically designed for paraeducators already employed by one of the 23 school districts within Keystone AEA1 region. Paraeducators working in districts outside of Keystone AEA should contact their local AEA to enroll in their program. Individuals interested in becoming a paraeducator in order to obtain a school district job should contact their local community college to enroll in their program.
Paraeducators interested in certification must be at least 18 years of age, and show proof of a high school diploma or GED.
Autism Internet Modules
A great PD resource for paras. The para creates a free account and may complete any module they want from a variety of topics. The modules vary in length and have a quiz at the end with a certificate of completion.
An individual who holds a paraeducator certificate without a bachelor’s degree and completes the substitute authorization program is authorized to substitute only in the special education classroom in which the individual paraeducator is employed. For these individuals, the authorization will appear on the paraeducator certificate and will not include separate renewal requirements.