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Special Education Paraprofessionals

Welcome to the Special Educaion Paraprofessionals banner
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.
We are unable to receive applications by mail for the time being. Please send all paraprofessional applications to Jill Hilst at You may direct any questions to Tristan Landis at

Contact Us

Oklahoma Department of Education
Special Education Services

2500 N. Lincoln Boulevard
Oklahoma City, OK 73105-4599
Phone: (405) 521-335

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.


Paraprofessional Training in Pepper

OSDE has released an alternate format to receive paraprofessional training in addition to the existing training offered through Career Technology Centers.

Participants can register here for course access.

The eight paraprofessional courses available:​​​​​​​

  • Legal Foundations of Special Education OKPARA110
  • Responsibilities and Ethics OKPARA111
  • IEP Participation OKPARA112
  • Disability Awareness and Instructional Strategies OKPARA113
  • Communication and Interaction Strategies OKPARA114
  • Behavior Strategies, Progress Monitoring, and Data Collection OKPARA115
  • Classroom and Behavior Management for Paraprofessionals OKPARA 116
  • Supporting Instruction in the Classroom OKPARA117

All courses must be completed in sequential order. Upon completion, choose “View transcript” which documents all courses completed within Pepper.


Paraprofessional Certificate

Please send all applications and corresponding documents to Jill Hilst at Each individual who successfully applies will receive a certificate from OSDE.

If you have misplaced your certificate, need to request a name change, or unsure of your certification status, please contact Tristan Landis at



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”).


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Last updated on March 16, 2020