Paraprofessionals play a central role in educating students with disabilities. Working under the guidance of a certified teacher, these individuals ensure that students receive appropriate special education services and supports that enable them to meet their individual goals. The importance of paraprofessionals is widely recognized in the special education literature. Issues related to roles, responsibilities, collaboration, and training have been explored in an effort to improve the quality of special education services students receive (see Doyle, 2008; French, 1998; Giangreco, Edelman, Broer, & Doyle, 2001). In addition, minimum employment qualifications have emerged for paraprofessional staff. Federal law now requires all paraprofessionals to have completed two years of study at an institution of higher education, an associate degree, and demonstrate knowledge and ability to assist with reading, writing, and math (No Child Left Behind Act, 2001).

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