In order to be eligible to assume teacher aide responsibilities, paraprofessionals in some states must first earn an official "certificate" or "license" to practice. (Some states use the term "license," and others refer to them as "certificates.") The certification/licensure process guarantees that paraprofessionals meet minimum state standards for essential knowledge and skills and that each student is served by professional staff. Each state sets its own certification/licensure requirements, and the requirements vary by state.
Other states have chosen to establish standards or guidelines for paraprofessional roles and some provide competency-based training.
Links to SREB State and Related Resources