January 8, 2021

SIOUX CITY, IA (Jan. 8, 2021)—Northwest AEA will offer paraeducator certification beginning on Feb. 1. Paraeducator certification is a process by which a person can obtain in-depth training and be recognized for successful completion of that training through a state recognized program. The paraeducator certification is not required by law, but may be required by local school districts.

All coursework for the classes is completed online. The paraeducator certification requires a 10-hour clinical experience to be completed in a school setting. Paraeducators currently employed can complete this requirement in the classroom they currently work in.

See the flyer here.


With offices in Sioux City, Sioux Center, Cherokee, Denison, Le Mars and Onawa, Northwest Area Education Agency (AEA) works in partnership with public and accredited private schools in a 10-county area of northwest Iowa to help assure that all children reach their full potential. The AEA provides special education support services, media and technology services, a variety of instructional services, professional development and leadership to promote school improvement. The Iowa General Assembly created the state’s AEA system in 1975. It is widely regarded as one of the finest in the country. For more information about Northwest AEA, visit www.nwaea.org.

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