Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Paraeducator Certificate

Program Overview

We value our paraeducators as critical for the success of our students. We want to invest in our paraeducators by providing professional development to enhance their practice. Now, through a new state program, we have funding for paraeducator training and certification.

The Paraeducator Certificate Program is a standards-based training program required by the state for all paraeducators. It creates a career growth ladder for those who wish to advance as a paraeducator or pursue the teaching profession.


All paraeducators must earn the certification to continue working in Highline. To earn the Paraeducator Certificate, paraeducators must complete 28 hours of professional development 

  • Paraeducators hired on or before 9/1/2020 must complete the 28 FCS hours by June 2021
  • Paraeducators hired after 9/1/2020 must complete the first 14 hours within 4 months


Course choice must align with the Fundamental Course of Study (FCS), developed by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. Read more about FCS.

Course Offerings

We are developing course offerings that align with FCS. Learn more about available courses

Frequently asked questions

Review a list of frequently asked questions


If you have questions about the Paraeducator Certification Program or need support, please email

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