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Home » Policy & Funding » Grants & Grant Management » Closing Educational Achievement Gaps (Title I, Part A) » Staffing Requirements/Qualifications Paras & Teachers

Staffing Requirements/Qualifications Paras & Teachers

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Title I, Part A requires that teachers and paraeducators meet certain requirements when participating in Title I, Part A funded programs or activities. The LEA determines requirements for Title I, Part A funded substitutes. In addition, parents and legal guardians have the right to request or be notified about teacher’s or paraeducator’s qualifications.

Learn more about the staff qualifications and notification requirements below.

Title I, Part A Staff Qualifications


Teachers participating in Title I, Part A Targeted Assistance activities and all teachers assigned to Title I, Part A Schoolwide Programs must meet applicable state certification and licensure requirements. A teacher assigned to Title I, Part A may be out-of-field or out-of-endorsement as long as they hold an ELIGIBLE certificate type, and the school board approved the placement (per WAC 181-82-110 or WAC 392-172A-02090).


Paraeducators must meet the new Minimum Employment Requirements. All preschool (ECEAP/Head Start/) paraeducators (paraprofessionals or instructional assistant teachers) in a Title I, Part A Schoolwide Program must complete and meet the Preschool Requirements.

The qualifications and requirements for substitute teachers or paraeducators in Title I, Part A programs or activities are determined by the Local Education Agency (LEA) and the school.

Parent Notification

Teacher/Para Qualifications

LEAs and schools shall notify the parents or legal guardians of students in Title I, Part A schools that they may request, information regarding the professional qualifications of the student’s classroom teachers and paraprofessionals. Optional templates for LEA and school use are available on the Teacher and Para Qualifications Template Translations page.

Timely Notice of Limited State Certification and Licensure

Schools that receive Title I, Part A funds shall also notify parents or legal guardians when their student has been taught for four or more consecutive weeks by a teacher with one of these limited substitute teaching certificates (WAC 181-79A-231): Emergency Substitute certificate or Intern Substitute Teacher certificate. Optional templates for LEA and school use are available on the Limited State Certification and Licensure Templates page.