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Title I Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Teachers and Licensure

Title I teachers must be appropriately licensed for the grade and content at the time of hire.

  • Schoolwide Program Schools: All teachers in a Title I Schoolwide school must be appropriately licensed for the grade and content.
  • Emergency Licenses: A teacher who holds an emergency license for the grade and content is appropriately licensed.
  • Substitutes: A substitute teacher must be appropriately licensed for the Title I assignment if they teach or work with students for 45 or more consecutive days. It is strongly recommended that shorter term substitute teachers and paraprofessionals meet the ESSA requirements. Please note that a substitute teacher who is not appropriately licensed cannot be funded by Title I.
  • Teachers Providing Title I Interventions: Licensure Requirements for Providing Students with Interventions and Additional Challenges

Reading Teacher Licenses 
 

Elementary-licensed teachers:

A reading teacher license is required for the following assignments:

  • If the individual teaches more than one period of reading per day; beyond universal/core instruction.
  • If the reading assignment is part of a Title I targeted assistance program;
  • If the reading assignment is part of a reading recovery program (not part of a self-contained classroom).

Secondary-licensed teachers:

A reading teacher license is always required for a secondary teacher to teach reading.

READ 180

A reading teacher license is required for all teachers teaching READ 180.

Paraprofessional Requirements

For full information, visit the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Title I Paraprofessionals Hiring Requirements page.

Overview of Paraprofessional Requirements

All paraprofessionals who work in a Title I targeted assistance program must meet ESSA criteria at the time of hire.

All paraprofessionals in a schoolwide school must meet ESSA criteria. This includes special education paraprofessionals. In order to be qualified, a paraprofessional must hold a high school diploma and have completed two years of post-secondary education (48 credits) or an associate's degree or have met a rigorous standard of quality and be able to demonstrate knowledge of and the ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics (or, as appropriate, reading readiness, writing readiness, and mathematics readiness) by taking and passing one of the Hiring Requirements Options.

A substitute paraprofessional must be qualified for the Title I assignment if they work with students for 45 or more consecutive days. It is strongly recommended that shorter term substitute paraprofessionals meet the ESSA requirements. Please note that a substitute paraprofessional who does not meet the requirements cannot be funded by Title I.

Equitable Participation for Private School Students

Districts are required to provide eligible children attending private elementary and secondary schools, their teachers, and their families with Title I services or other benefits, such as professional development, Family Engagement, or materials and supplies (on loan from the public schools), that are equitable to those provided to eligible public school children, their teachers and their families. To be eligible for Title I services, a private school child must reside in a public Title I school attendance area and be determined in need of additional academic support.

Resources

Short Videos

More videos are available on the Title I Shorts page.

For questions about this information, contact Title I and School Support Team (608) 267-3721