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 

Type of Course

Facilitated, March 1st - April 11th 

Enrollment opens Feb 9th and closes March 1st or when the course is full.

course length 20 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User rating: 3.7 3.7 stars

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

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.  

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

Type of Course

Facilitated, April 26 - May 23

Enrollment for this session is full.

Additional sessions will run Sept 13 - Oct 10, 2020 and April 4 - May 1, 2021. Sign up for a registration reminder.

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators or Para/Teacher teams

user rating

User rating: 3.9 3.9 stars
"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
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

Type of Course

Facilitated, May 31 - June 27, 2020

Registration opens May 10 and closes May 31 or when the course is full.

Another session will run Jan 10 - Feb 6, 2021

course length 15 OPI Renewal Units Audience Paraeducators

user rating

User Rating: 3.8 3.8 stars"
I really loved this course and I hope that you will put on more in the future! Thank you!" —Paraeducator, Kalispell, MT

 

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 Marco Fero or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

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

Type of Course

Facilitated, Feb 3 - March 15 (Reading) and March 16 - April 19 (Math)

Register and pay with MFPE by Jan 27. You will then receive an enrollment key to access the course.

course length 3-4 hours/week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion.  Audience Paraprofessionals

user rating

User Rating: 3.7 3.7 stars"
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 area
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 Marco Fero or Jami Wood for more information (800) 398-0826.

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

Type of Course

Facilitated, March 16 - April 19

Only for participants who have registered with MFPE and completed the PASS: Reading section.

course length 3-4 hours/week for 10 weeks. Participants receive a certificate of completion.  Audience Paraprofessionals

user rating

User Ratings: 3.7 3.7 stars 
"
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

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).

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

"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