272.12  Para-educator licenses.

1.  The board of educational examiners shall adopt rules pursuant to chapter 17A relating to a multi-level voluntary licensing system ranging from para-educator generalist to para-educator specialist. The rules shall outline the instructional and other school activity tasks the individuals licensed under this section may perform. The board shall determine whether an applicant is qualified to perform the duties for which a para-educator license is sought.

2.  Applicants for a para-educator license as a generalist must hold a high school diploma from an accredited secondary school or a high school equivalency diploma issued in accordance with chapter 259A. The applicant must also have completed additional in-service training in at least all of the following areas:

a.  Behavior management.

b.  Ethical responsibilities and behavior.

c.  Exceptional child and at-risk child behavior.

d.  Collaboration skills and interpersonal relations.

e.  Child and youth development.

3.  Applicants for a para-educator license as a specialist must meet the requirements of subsection 2 and additional requirements as prescribed by rule.

4.  A public school district, area education agency, community college, institution of higher education under the state board of regents, or an accredited private institution as defined in section 261.9, subsection 1, with a program approved by the state board of education, may train and recommend individuals for board licensure.

5.  Applicants shall be disqualified for any of the following reasons:

a.  The applicant is less than eighteen years of age.

b.  The applicant has a record of founded child abuse.

c.  The applicant has been convicted of a felony.

d.  The applicant's application is fraudulent.

e.  The applicant's license or certification from another state is suspended or revoked.

f.  The applicant fails to meet board standards for application for an initial or renewed license.

6.  Qualifications or criteria for the granting or revocation of a license or the determination of an individual's professional standing shall not include membership or nonmembership in any teachers' organization.

Section History: Recent form

  98 Acts, ch 1216, §23

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