Prairie Lakes AEA

Paraeducator Certification & Information

Click here to view changes that will be happening with the Paraeducator Generalist 1 Certification.


Prairie Lakes AEA is an approved provider of the Paraeducator Generalist Certification. This certificate is a voluntary program supported by the Iowa Board of Educational Examiners and the Iowa Department of Education. The certificate requires successful completion of 90 clock hours of training in the areas of behavior management, exceptional child and at-risk child behavior, collaboration skills, interpersonal relation skills, child and youth development, technology, and ethical responsibilities and behavior. 


 Prairie Lakes AEA’s Generalist I Certificate program is delivered in three 30-hour courses:


Communication, Ethics and Confidentiality
Participants will develop skills and strategies to enhance communication and examine situations where professionalism, ethical standards and confidentiality will guide the correct course of action when working with colleagues, students, parents and others.

Roles and Responsibilities
Participants will develop skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain safe environments, educational activities, team interventions and technology integration when working with colleagues, students, parents and others.

Behavior Improvement
Participants will gain knowledge, skills and strategies to assist, support and maintain the positive social, emotional and behavioral development of children.

Participants must complete all three courses (minimum of 90 clock hours) to apply for the Iowa Paraeducator Generalist Certificate. The total fee for this five year certificate is $92.  

The Paraeducator Generalist I Certificate may be issued to an individual who:

  1. Has successfully completed all the requirements of the approved Generalist I program.
  2. Has achieved a high school diploma or graduate equivalent diploma.
  3. Has attained a minimum age of 18 years.
  4. Has successfully completed an Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation background check.
  5. Has successfully completed a National Criminal History background check.

Dates and locations of the Paraeducator Courses currently offered in Prairie Lakes AEA can be found on the Learning Opportunities webpage or click here. 


For information regarding the Generalist II Certificate, Renewal and Sub Authorization, click here.


Paraeducators as Substitutes: Paraeducators that hold a Generalist I Certification AND hold a Substitute Authorization License can substitute teach in the special education classroom to which they are assigned.  The special education classroom may be on the elementary, middle, junior high or high school level.


Application for Paraeduator Certification - To download this application from the BOEE, click here


 Prairie Lakes AEA Contact:


            Linda Ankeny, License Renewal Coordinator

712-262-4704, ext. 2019



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