Below is a list of courses designed specifically for paraprofessionals, substitutes and other support staff. However, there are many courses in other categories that you can take to enhance your role within the school. View this document for a list of such courses, designed for all educators and handpicked as applicable for paraprofessionals. 

course description

Paraeducators must understand individual student needs for the particular level of support, the degree of accommodation or modification, and instructional method that would best facilitate learning. This course is designed to provide these instructional strategies for use in inclusive classrooms, resource rooms, and self-contained settings.

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. Facilitated by Beckie Squires.

Type of Course

Facilitated, October 13 - November 23, 2019.

Registration opens September 22. 

Registration closes Oct 13 or when the course is full.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

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course description

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction to special education and the needs of students who have disabilities. The content consists of introductory material regarding legal and historical foundations of special education, human growth and development, the nature of disabilities, and an introduction to the basic human needs that paraeducators and educators must address.  

Created by the University of Colorado, Par2a Center. Facilitated by Jenny Malloy, Park County Special Education Cooperative Director and Beckie Squires, Paraeducator Specialist

Type of Course

Facilitated, June 2 - 29

Registration opens May 17.

Registration closes June 2 or when the course is full.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User Ratings: 3.6 3.6 stars


course description

This course will address professionalism, legal aspects, classroom management, and strategies to successfully serve as a substitute or guest teacher. It is designed to meet the three-hour training requirement described in Administrative Rules of Montana 10.55.716.

Note: This course will be closed June-July 2019 for updates. New enrollments will be allowed through May 20th and all work must be completed by May 31st. 

Created by the Northwest Montana Co-Op and Colet Bartow (OPI).

type of course Self-paced course length 3 Hours audience Substitute Teachers
User rating User Ratings: 3.6  3.6 stars

"This course has helped me understand the basics of working with children as a part of enriching my community." -Substitute, Whitefish, MT