Paraprofessional Learning

  • Paraprofessional Learning 

    Paraprofessionals play a key role in the support of LIU classrooms. In order to ensure our paraprofessionals are equipped with the needed skills to support the classrooms, paraprofessionals participate in annual learning requirements as well as optional learning opportunities.

    Paraprofessional Requirements:

    Paraprofessionals to include Teacher Assistants, Personal Care Assistants, Interveners, and Job Coaches shall meet one of the following qualifications within one (1) year of employment with Lincoln Intermediate Unit:

    • Complete at least two (2) years of post-secondary study (48 credits) OR
    • Possess an associate's degree or higher OR
    • Meet a rigorous standard of quality as demonstrated through a state or local assessment. The LIU recognizes two (2) local assessments to assist paraprofessionals in attaining the PDE requirements:

    Each school year:

    • Paraprofessionals (TA, PCA, Intervener, Job Coach) are required to provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities related to their assignment each year.
    • Educational Interpreters are required to provide evidence of 20 hours of staff development activities relating to interpreting or transliterating services each year.

    All hours must be completed between July 1st and June 30th. Additional hours beyond the 20 may not be carried over to the following school year.

    Acceptable training activities may include: school district or LIU sponsored in-service trainings, online trainings, approved Vector trainings (formerly SafeSchools), PaTTAN teleconferences or video conferences, program meetings with specific training topics, educational conferences, and/or workshops. Additional training resources are located in the upper right corner of this page.

    Optional: People Are Learning Skills (PALS)

    Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 recognizes the need for continued professional growth and staff development. The purpose of PALS is to provide an opportunity for staff to learn skills enabling them to be more effective in their jobs. The PALS program is one way the LIU encourages eligible employees to learn and grow professionally. 

    • Eligible employees earning PALS hours will be advanced accordingly based on appropriate pay scale.
    • PALS credit is only granted for hours completed outside of the employee's regular work day. 
    • Training must be related to job assignment. Check with your supervisor if you are not sure a class pertains. 
    • Keep detailed records of your courses. 
    • Some optional training resources are located in the upper right corner of this page. 

    Please direct questions to HRdept@iu12.org