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, OPI Consultant and retired paraprofessional 

This is a closed section for Sentinel High School staff. Click here to request a private session for your school. 

"I was able to implement some of the material right away and see results during the course's timeline." —Middle school paraeducator, Laurel, MT

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User rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Closed Group
OPI Renewal Units: 20 hours
Enrollment Opens: N/A
Course Dates: 10/25/20 - 12/5/20
Note: Enrollment is now closed.
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, OPI Consultant and retired paraprofessional 

"I was able to implement some of the material right away and see results during the course's timeline." —Middle school paraeducator, Laurel, MT

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User rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Paraeducators
OPI Renewal Units: 20 hours
Enrollment Opens: 1/24/21
Course Dates: 2/14/21 - 3/27/21
Note: Enrollment closes the first day of the course or when the cap is met.
course description

This course is designed to help paraeducators work effectively on a team. The course consists of introductory material regarding teamwork, delineation of roles and responsibilities, classroom instruction, and behavior management. Can be taken by individual paras and teachers, but is most effective when teams take the course together.  

This course is for paraeducators or para/teacher teams.

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

"I will definitely be sharing with our team and recommending this course for future learning. Great job! Keep up the good work." —Paraeducator, Miles City

user rating User rating: 3.9 3.9 stars

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Paraeducators
OPI Renewal Units: 15 hours
Enrollment Opens: 3/14/21
Course Dates: 4/4/21 - 5/1/21
Note: Enrollment closes the first day of the course or when the cap is met.
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

"I really loved this course and I hope that you will put on more in the future! Thank you!" —Paraeducator, Kalispell, MT

user rating User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars

 

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Paraeducators
OPI Renewal Units: 15 hours
Enrollment Opens: 4/18/21
Course Dates: 5/9/21 - 6/5/21
Note: Enrollment closes the first day of the course or when the cap is met.
course description

This is the 1st of a two-part series (Reading and Math) that provides participants with important skills in classroom management as well as proven strategies in reading, writing, and math instruction. A nationally developed assessment is built directly into the course, assuring that paraprofessionals who take the course can demonstrate evidence of content mastery to their local districts and the state of Montana. Visit the registration site or contact Diane Fladmo or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

Register and pay with MFPE by February 1st. You will then receive an enrollment key to access the course. 

This course requires 3 to 4 hours a week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion.

An additional pair of sessions will tentatively run May - June 

Created by MFPE, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a team of highly trained Montana paraprofessional educators. 

"I thoroughly enjoyed this course and learned so much valuable information to help me in my duties as a para-professional." —Elementary paraeducator, Butte, MT

user rating User Rating: 3.7 3.7 stars"

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Paraeducators
OPI Renewal Units: 30 hours
Enrollment Opens: 1/8/21
Course Dates: 2/1/21 - 3/12/21
course description

This is the 2nd of a two-part series (Reading and Math) that provides participants with important skills in classroom management as well as proven strategies in reading, writing, and math instruction. A nationally developed assessment is built directly into the course, assuring that paraprofessionals who take the course can demonstrate evidence of content mastery to their local districts and the state of Montana. Visit this site or contact Diane Fladmo or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

Only for participants who have registered with MFPE and completed the PASS: Reading section will be allowed in this section.

This course requires 3-4 hours a week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion. 

Created by MFPE, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) and a team of highly trained Montana paraprofessional educators. 

"Was a great course and I learned a lot from it that I can take with me as a para to help students with math." —Paraeducator, Missoula, MT area

user rating User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars 

Type: Facilitated
Audience: Closed Group
OPI Renewal Units: 30 hours
Enrollment Opens: 1/8/21
Course Dates: 3/15/21 - 4/18/21
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.

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

"This course is very well set up and has a lot of good resources that I didn't know about!" —Pre-service teacher, Great Falls, MT

User rating User Ratings: 3.6  3.6 stars

Type: Self-paced
Audience: Substitutes
OPI Renewal Units: 3 hours