The State of Kansas has no statewide requirements for employment as a paraeducator or paraprofessional in a school, however state and federal funding for some positions may have requirements. Individual districts may have additional requirements for employment.
http://jobs.kansasteachingjobs.com/ is a free option districts have to list their open positions. Para jobs are in the category of Classified, and you can filter by region and category. Each district may also list positions on their website.
Below are listed the state and federal requirements for school districts to receive funding for paraeducators in specific assignments.
Considerations for the Effective Use of Paraprofessionals in Schools (PDF) (KSDE, September 2018)
This is a resource document created to support Kansas local educational agency (LEA) administration, staff, and families in the effective use of paraprofessionals in school-based settings. There is an emphasis on understanding effective practices, encouraging data-based decision-making, and managing implementation of paraprofessionals.
Abilities And Assistance Needs Matrix (Word)
Checklist Of Existing Environmental Supports (Word)
Intensive Needs Checklist (Word)
Intensive Needs Paraprofessional Support Summary Sheet (Word)
Intensive Needs Rubric (Word)
Plan For Paraprofessional Assistance (Word)
Prompt Fading (Word)
Sample Schedule Analysis For Determining Staffing Needs (Word)
Paraprofessionals providing instructional support in programs supported with Title I, Part A funds must meet the following requirements:
There are two types of Title I schools. The type of Title I school determines which paraprofessionals have to meet the requirements. The list of schools receiving Title I funding, and their type is located here: Title I Part A
Individuals who work in food services, cafeteria or playground supervision, personal care services, non-instructional computer assistance, and similar positions are not considered paraprofessionals under Title I.
Paraprofessionals must meet the qualifications upon hiring. There is no grace period.
*Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (external link)
The Kansas State Board of Education approved the following assessments and established passing scores for each:
K-Para has been replaced by a fillable PDF to be certified and maintained by each district. The PDF is available through the LCP application.
Questions regarding Title I: Tate Toedman email@example.com
Questions regarding Paraeducator requirements: Evelyn Alden firstname.lastname@example.org 785-296-3868
Questions regarding LCP application: Nicole Clark email@example.com
Assistance in registering or managing the KSDE authenticated applications account: KSDE Help Desk: 785-296-7935.
Title III paraprofessionals must meet all Title I requirements with the following exceptions:
Title VIB has no specific requirements for paraprofessionals. The following requirements are for state funding (special education categorical aid):
The state Special Education Categorical Aid Reimbursement Guide has complete information http://www.ksde.org/Default.aspx?tabid=538
LEAs may add additional requirements.
It is strongly recommended that school districts employ Assistant Teachers/Teacher Aides/Paraeducators who have at least a Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate or an Associate of Arts (A.A.) in early childhood education or a related field. Other accepted qualifications for Assistant Teachers/Teacher Aides/Paraeducators:
Early Childhood paras funded through State PreK Four-Year Old at Risk must have at least 15 hours of in-service training annually. The requirement can be found in the Assurances found at:
Special Education, and Title Services Team
Coordinator for State and Federal Programs
Main Team Page
Kansas Integrated Accountability System (KIAS)
Kansas Multi-Tier System of Supports (MTSS) (external link)
Kansas’ Technical Assistance System Network (TASN) (external link)
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The Kansas State Department of Education does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. (more information...)
To accommodate people with disabilities, on request, auxiliary aides and services will be provided and reasonable modifications to policies and programs will be made. To request accommodations regarding accessibility please contact the Office of General Counsel by email or at 785-296-3204.