Core Competencies

Paraeducator Core Competencies

The Paraeducator Program offers the regional introductory level training for all 14 competencies on a limited basis. Training for competencies 1-6, 7-11 & 13 are available at for subscribing districts.

Paraeducator Core Competency Training Courses

WAC 392-172A-02090 states, "(1) (f) Paraprofessional staff and aides shall present evidence of skills and knowledge necessary to meet the needs of students eligible for special education...and districts shall have procedures in place that ensure that classified staff receive training to meet state recommended core competencies pursuant to RCW 28A.415.310."

Core Competencies Part I

This training for paraeducators provides an introduction to the state recommended Paraeducator Core Competencies 1-6 and is available online at

1) Understanding the value of providing instructional and other direct services to all children and youth with disabilities.
2) Understanding the roles and responsibilities of certificated/licensed staff and paraeducators.
3) Knowledge of (a) pattern of human development and milestones typically achieved at different ages, and (b) risk factors that may prohibit or impede typical development.

4) Ability to practice ethical and professional standards of conduct, including the requirements of confidentiality.

5) Ability to communicate with colleagues, follow instructions and use problem solving and other skills that will enable the paraeducator to work as an effective member of the instructional team.

6) Ability to provide positive behavioral support and management.

Core Competencies Part II

This training is available online at

7) Knowledge of the legal issues related to the education of children and youth with disabilities and their families.
8) Awareness of diversity among the children, youth, families and colleagues with whom they work.

9) Knowledge and application of the elements of effective instruction to assist teaching and learning as developed by the certificated/licensed staff in a variety of settings.

10) Ability to utilize appropriate strategies and techniques to provide instructional support in teaching and learning as developed by the certificated/licensed staff.

11) Ability to motivate and assist children and youth.

13) Awareness of the ways in which technology can assist teaching and learning.

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