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Instructional Assistant Requirements

Educational aides / instructional paraprofessionals must meet pre-employment requirements for Title I schools to satisfy the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA).

Paraprofessional Qualifications:

• 19 years of age
• High school diploma or equivalent
• Good moral character and clear criminal record

Educational Requirements:

  • 48 college credit hours or
  • Associates degree or higher or
  • Treasuring Our Paraprofessionals certificate (A five-day workshop to meet ESSA requirements for highly effective paraprofessionals.  Workshop is offered at Region 20 course offerings)

Certification Requirements: 

  • Educational Aide Certificate through Texas Education Agency (Create a TEA Login account and apply for certification within the TEA website )

ECISD Title I schools are: Harmony Elementary, Highland Forest Elementary, Pecan Valley Elementary, Sinclair Elementary, Tradition Elementary, Oak Crest Elementary, Salado Elementary, Heritage Middle School, and Legacy Middle School.