Highline Professional Development
We are developing course offerings that align with FCS. All courses can be found on the Highline PD Calendar. Courses are updated and added weekly. Please use the calendar to find and register for courses.
Courses will primarily be offered during work hours. Some courses may be offered for extra pay outside of contract time.
It is the paraeducator’s responsibility to keep track of their completed courses and to sign up for courses that match the requirements outlined in the FCS.
Use the FCS Tracking Form to plan and track your progress. This form is for your own use; you do not have to turn it in.
Clock Hour Tips
When you arrive to a course, there will be a Paraeducator Clock Hours sign-in sheet. OSPI requires your signature and initials on the sign-in sheet as proof of attendance. You may not receive hours if you do not sign in for each course.
You will also receive a Paraeducator Clock Hour Form. Complete Section 1 and Section 3 of the form. Please keep the form for your records. You will need it later to verify completion of the Paraeducator Certification program.
Seven of the 14 course hours required this year may be completed through an online course. These courses must be taken during work time. There are no extra service contract hours available for online courses.
See a list of available online courses.
After completing an online course, print the appropriate Clock Hour Form, complete Section 1 and Section 3, and have your building/department administrator sign Section 4. Please keep the form for your records. You will need it later to verify completion of the Paraeducator Certification program.
We will link the Clock Hour Form here on this page when it is available--stay tuned!
School-Based Professional Development
Principals can provide school-based professional development for their paraeducators to earn clock hours. Follow these steps to submit a professional development proposal:
Review the FCS Course Outline and align the professional development with one of the 12 courses.
Create a new session on the Highline PD Calendar.
Wait for approval from the Professional Development department.
If you want to offer multiple FCS courses in one professional development training, please create a separate session on the PD Calendar for each FCS course.
Professional development proposals must be submitted at least two weeks in advance. Approval can take up to 2-3 weeks.
If you have questions about the Paraeducator Certification Program or need support, please send us an email.