New Jersey Department of Education

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Highly Qualified Staff

Support for Schools Through Higher Qualifications for Paraprofessionals

The Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) maintains the requirements established by the No Child Left Behind Act regarding qualifications for paraprofessionals.  As such, paraprofessionals who are supported by Title I funds must meet the following criteria:

(a) Completed at least 2 years of study at an institution of higher education;  
(b) Obtained an associate's (or higher) degree; or
(c) Met a rigorous standard of quality through a formal State assessment

Review the following guidelines and reports on paraprofessionals:

New Jersey Guidelines for Paraprofessionals

Title I Professionals Frequently Asked Questions

To access the full version of the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 visit the website at