State of Hawai`i Department of Education: Educational Assistants

Minimum Requirements for Educational Assistant Application

A DOE Memo dated March 11, 2005 and entitled “REVISED MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR EDUCATIONAL ASSISTANT APPLICATION”  states:

The following minimum education requirement was established within the parameters described by the federal government's No Child Left Behind Act of 2002.  Effective March 16, 2005, in order to be qualified, applicants must possess one of the following:

1)  Forty-eight semester credits of 100 or higher level courses from a regionally accredited institution of higher education recognized by the Hawaii Department of Education.  The 48 credits may be from various program or academic subject areas.  In addition, 6 of the 48 credits must have been for math and English courses at the 100 level or higher.  Or,

2)  An Associate in Arts (AA) or Science (AS) degree from a regionally accredited institution recognized by the Hawaii Department of Education.  The credits earned for the degree must have been for courses that are 100 level of higher.

3) A certificate with a minimum score of 459 on the ParaPro Assessment provided by the Educational Testing Service. 

Therefore, Emergency hires, Substitute EAs and any interested parties may take the paper and pencil version of the Educational Testing Services (ETS ) Paraprofessional assessment or may register for the computer based assessments.

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