Last Updated: 10/4/2021 12:33 PM


The paraprofessional test is an examination utilized by the Ohio Department of Education to add the
ESEA endorsement to an educational aide permit. ESEA stands for the federal Elementary and
Secondary Education Act, or No Child Left Behind, which requires educational aides or
paraprofessionals to meet certain qualifications. However, any qualified person may add the
designation regardless of their employment setting. To add the term “ESEA Qualified” to an
educational aide permit, the individual must have successfully completed one of the following:

  • The examination for paraprofessionals prescribed by the State Board of Education (ParaPro).
  • An associate degree (or higher) from an accredited institution of higher education; or at least two
    years of study at an accredited institution of higher education (defined as 48 semester hours or 72
    quarter hours). Please be prepared to scan and upload your original, official transcript in PDF format.

The paraprofessional examination is a 2 ½ hour assessment administered at the Fairfield County ESC by
appointment. To schedule an appointment, email Rob Engel and be sure to
include your phone number, district that you will be employed by and questions you may have.
Additional information regarding the assessment can be located at

Please use the PayPal button to pay for the ParaProfessional Test. The cost is $57.00.