As the role of a paraprofessional continues to develop and expand, it also is becoming more regulated. The No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 furthered the impetus for professional development standards and state regulations for paraprofessionals.
Current paraprofessional standards for the State of Illinois are available through the Illinois State Board of Education. Individuals seeking employment as a paraprofessional need Paraprofessional Approval from the ISBE. Approval is based on education, specialized paraprofessional training courses, and documented work experience.
A Paraprofessional Educator Major (Associate in Applied Science Degree) is offered through Heartland Community College. This degree prepares students to fulfill the No Child Left Behind requirements for paraprofessionals.
Specialized paraprofessional training courses are offered through: