SDE: How to Become a Paraeducator Connecticut State Department of Education SDE: How to Become a Paraeducator

How to Become a Paraeducator

Definition of a Paraeducator

The following is the CT State Department of Educationís definition of a paraeducator: 
A paraeducator is an employee who assists teachers and/or other professional educators or therapists in the delivery of instructional and related services to students. The paraeducator works under the direct supervision of the teacher or other certified or licensed professional. The ultimate responsibility for the design, implementation and evaluation of instructional programs, including assessment of student progress, is a collaborative effort of certified and licensed staff.

About the Para Pro Assessment

The ParaPro Assessment is a test for paraprofessionals adopted by the Educcational Teasthing (ETS) that can be used by states and school districts to comply with the NCLBA. 
The Internet Based Assessment is available by appointment only at the following locations:

Sterling School District
Beverly Boyd

55 Van Dyke Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Room 309

Test dates are listed on the CREC ParaPro Assessment site at:

Sterling School District, Sterling CT
Beverly Boyd,  1-860-564-4219

355 Goshen Rd
Litchfield, CT 06759

Participants must call Foothills Adult Education at 1-800-300-4781, ext. 126 to schedule their exam date. Education Connection tries its best to accommodate scheduling needs.

44 Hatchetts Hill Road
Old Lyme, CT 06371
The Development Department proctors the Internet-Based Assessment to paraprofessional candidates as needed.
For more information on how to register, please contact Yvonne Tobey at or 1-860-434-4800, ext. 167 or register online at (and type ParaPro Assessment in the Search box).

For more information regarding the Internet-Based ParaPro Assessment, including study materials, please visit:

For more information, please contact:

Sharon M. S. Fuller
Education Consultant
Talent Office
Connecticut State Department of Education
Phone: (860) 713-6814
Fax: (860) 713-7028

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