Paraprofessional License

  • At least 19 years of age

  • 1 of the Following:

    • Associate’s degree or higher

    • 60 semester hours of coursework

    • High School Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro

    • High School Diploma or GED and the following scores on the ACT Workkeys:

      • Applied Mathematics/Applied Math (with a score of 4)

      • Reading for information/Workplace Documents (with a score of 4)


  • Paraprofessional licenses are valid for 5 years, and may be renewed with the payment of registration fees.

  • If you hold a Paraprofessional License and have a Bachelor’s Degree on file, you are qualified to be a substitute teacher. 

  • Coursework must be at the 100-level or higher from a regionally accredited college or university. 

  • View Substitute and Paraprofessional License Checklist

About the ETS ParaPro Assessment

What Is It?
The ParaPro Assessment measures the skills and knowledge in reading, writing and math possessed by prospective and practicing paraprofessionals. It also measures their ability to apply those skills and knowledge when assisting in classroom instruction. It was designed to satisfy the requirements of the federally legislated No Child Left Behind Act.

Who Takes It?
The test is for prospective and practicing paraprofessionals.

How Long Is It?
Test takers have 2½ hours to complete the test.

What Subjects Are on the Test?
Test subjects include reading, writing and math.

What Are the Questions Like?
The test has 90 multiple-choice questions, approximately two-thirds of which focus on basic skills and knowledge. The remaining one-third focus on applying skills in the classroom. All test questions are in English. 

How Is the Test Given?
The test is delivered on computer and administered by appointment in participating school districts, regional offices of education and other agencies.

How much does it cost to take the test?
The cost is $60.00

How to I register to take the test?
Call ROE #47 at 815-625-1495 to schedule an appointment to take the test.

Click here for the ETS Parapro Study Guide