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Requirements and Licensure

Instructional Paraprofessional Requirements

Instructional Paraprofessionals are not required to be licensed in the Commonwealth. Paraprofessionals must work under the direct supervision of a licensed teacher. The minimum requirements to be employed in this role are:

  • Possession of a high school diploma or equivalent; AND

One of the following:

  • Possession of an Associate's (or higher) degree; OR
  • Completion of 48 credit hours at an Institution of Higher Education

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Massachusetts Policies for Instructional Paraprofessionals in Title I programs

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Last Updated: March 12, 2015

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