Special Education Paraprofessionals

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Paraprofessionals play important roles in improving student achievement in schools. They are responsible for reinforcing and augmenting a teacher's effort in the classroom. The Paraprofessionals not only provides key support to the teacher but especially to students with disabilities in the classroom who need instruction or assistance, as keeping with their IEP.

"Train the Trainer" Sessions

  • Training modules are now available online through Moodle. Interested trainers should submit their Trainer Application (see left) to Special Education Services.

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Oklahoma Department of Education
Special Education Services

2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
Phone: (405) 521-3351


Special Education Paraprofessionals


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Special Education Paraprofessional Requirements

Tier 1 (Title I)

Meet one of the following:

  • Have completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education defined as completion of 48 semester hours of college coursework; or
  • Have obtained an associate’s degree (or higher); or
  • Have taken and passed the WorkKeys test, Parapro Test or the Oklahoma General Education Test

Title I, Part A Paraprofessionals Overview

Tier 2 (Special Education)

In addition to Tier 1 (Title 1) requirements, a special education paraprofessional must meet the following requirements:

  • Complete the Oklahoma Special Education Paraprofessional Training (Career Technology Centers) or other State approved Local Education Agency (LEA) training.
  • Complete and maintain training and skills in Cardiovascular Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and First Aid.
  • Complete training in Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens Training.
  • Complete an additional 6 hours of professional development and Universal Precautions/Bloodborne Pathogens each school year thereafter.

Special Education Paraprofessional Training

The Oklahoma State Department of Education and the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education partnered to create the required training resource for special education teachers. Training is provided through CareerTech centers. LEAs may apply to provide the required paraprofessional training as an alternative.


CareerTech Instructors

Instructors providing the required special education paraprofessional training must meet the following qualifications:

  • Make application to the OSDE-SES;
  • Hold a current Oklahoma Special Education Teacher Certificate;
  • Have a minimum of two (2) years of experience teaching in a special education classroom;
  • Receive a recommendation from a school district administrator; and
  • Attend a Train-the-Trainer (TTT) session provided, at no charge, by the OSDE-SES.

Upon completion of the TTT, the OSDE-SES will issue a certificate indicating the special education paraprofessional trainer number (“SEPT”).

Paraprofessional Curriculum

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Last updated on May 1, 2019