Para Educator

WTEA-001 Para Educator

Hours: 72
Fee: Free including books and materials
Instruction: In-person/Lecture

Program Description

The Educators' Academy is providing a 6-week (72hr) course to orient and prepare participants for the job of Para Educator in the Springfield Public Schools (SPS).  The Para Educator, also known as a Teacher Assistant, works with teachers and other school staff to provide instructional assistance, classroom support, and implement effective classroom strategies to meet the needs of all students.

In this course, participants will receive bilingual instruction in the subject areas of digital and computer literacy, job readiness skills for educators, and test preparation to obtain the American College Testing (ACT) Workkeys Proficiency Certificate and the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC). In addition, participants will complete a 15-hour classroom practicum, shadowing an experienced SPS educator, and receive career advice and tutoring.  Participants may be eligible for transportation assistance to STCC and to the SPS building for the practicum. 

Para Educators who successfully complete the course through the Educators' Academy program (completing the practicum, obtaining the ACT Workkeys Proficiency Certificate, and the National Career Readiness Certificate) may earn a total of 2 credits transferable towards an Associate’s degree at STCC.  Para Educators are encouraged to continue their education to develop their professional skills towards employment as a classroom teacher through STCC's Early ChildhoodElementary and Secondary Transfer Programs.

Program Details

  • High School Diploma or HiSET/GED Certificate or close to completion.
  • Students will need to pass a CORI/SORI check to obtain employment as a para educator in the local school district.

COVID-19 Vaccination

All students taking courses with an in-person component and/or students who intend to be on campus for any reason are required to provide written proof of full vaccination.

Free to the public including books and materials

Section D11

Days: Monday - Thursday
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dates: May 23 - June 30, 2022
Registration Deadline: May 22, 2022

Section E21

Days: Monday - Thursday
Times: 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Dates: Sept. 12 - October 20, 2022
Registration Deadline: September 9, 2022

Refund Policy

Withdraw prior to the start of class* - 100% Refund
No Refunds will be given once class begins

In the absence of a written third party contractual agreement stating otherwise, all refunds will be issued to the student. Credit card payments will be refunded directly to the credit card if processed within thirty days of the payment.

Course Cancellation Policy

The STCC Workforce Training office reserves the right to cancel any course that does not meet minimum enrollment requirements.

Student Handbook Policies

As a participant in this program/course I understand that I am bound by all the rules, regulations, and policies of STCC as outlined in the Springfield Technical Community College Student Handbook.

For More Information, Please Contact:

The STCC Workforce Development Center
Building 27, Second Floor

Enrollment Process

Enroll Online

  1. Click: Online Registration
  2. Click on “Search and Register for Workforce Training Classes”
  3. Type in “Para Educator" and hit “Submit"

 When enrolling, the course is free, but you will need to select "Visa Payment" during the check-out process (it will never ask for card information).

Enroll in Person

Go to Building 27, 2nd floor to register for the course or call (413) 755-4225.