Two types of special education paraprofessionals provide support in Pennsylvania schools

Paraprofessional working with student

Instructional paraprofessionals work under the guidance of both general and special education teachers to support educational programming. Paraprofessionals may be called classroom aides, teacher assistants, instructional aides, or job coaches.

Personal Care Assistants (PCAs) provide one-to-one, non-instructional support to individual students for activities of daily living, health, behavior, etc.

  • Oct05

    2017-2018 Special Education Paraprofessional Online Training Series

    Certificate of Completion: Focus on Reading and/or Mathematics
    PaTTAN is pleased to announce this year’s training series which will enable paraprofessionals to build professional skills and knowledge critical to serving students receiving special education services. Most paraprofessionals serve students in the area of reading and mathematics in some capacity and therefore, it is imperative that paraprofessionals have an understanding of the foundations of reading and mathematics instruction in order to offer appropriate support to students. Paraprofessionals have the opportunity to print a Certificate of Completion upon finishing a series of recorded webinars in the areas of Reading and/or Mathematics.

  • Sep22

    2016-2017 Special Education Paraprofessional Online Training Series Brochure Now Available!

    For the 2016-2017 school year, PaTTAN will offer training for special education paraprofessionals online at These online training sessions will provide practical information regarding educational methods and resources for special education paraprofessionals who work with students in a variety of educational settings. Content covered in these sessions will help special education paraprofessionals gain knowledge related to the standards outlined in the Pennsylvania Credential of Competency Checklist, and obtain in-service training hours required by Pennsylvania regulations. Nine hours of new sessions will be offered.
    Download the Training Brochure

  • Sep20

    New Professional Development Materials Available for Teacher/Paraprofessional Teams

    New materials are available for training teachers and paraprofessional teams.

  • Dec31

    Materials for Trainers Available for Download

    Power Point presentations with notes pages along with activity/resource packets are available for professional development personnel to use in training paraprofessionals. Materials may be viewed and downloaded by clicking the link: Paraprofessional Training Materials


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