Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania
The Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania is a completely voluntary program for paraeducators and school districts who wish to participate. The Credential of Competency is one way a special education paraprofessional may reach qualified status as required by Pennsylvania regulations. When a school district, intermediate unit or MAWA administrator has verified a special education paraprofessional’s competence in each of thw seven standards outlined in the Competency Assessment Checklist, the Checklist document is submitted to the Department of Education, Bureau of Special Education. Upon review and approval of the submitted documents, the applicant will be issued a Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators in Pennsylvania. Click the link below to download the Credential of Competency Checklist.
Effective immediately, PDE is not accepting hard-copy documents, sent by the U.S. Postal Service. The Credential of Competency Checklist must be completed in digital format, and electronically sent to the Paraprofessional Resource Account for review. Questions should also be sent to the Paraprofessional Resource Account.
Paraprofessional Resource Account: RA-EDPARAPROFESSIONAL@pa.gov
Check out the newly released document!
Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraprofessionals Documentation of Special Education Paraprofessionals’ Competence in Entry Level Standards-Based Knowledge and Skills
Note: this document will be phased out over the next few months as the new series and document are available for paraprofessionals.
Credential of Competency for Special Education Paraeducators Checklist