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The COMPASS: Helping Paraeducators Navigate the Profession



CREC Resource Group

Certification Program

The COMPASS is a nationally recognized, comprehensive, job-embedded professional development curriculum aligned with national paraprofessional standards. Professionals can become certified to train paraprofessionals in more than twenty COMPASS modules, such as School Climate, Assistive Technology, Legal Issues, Instructional Strategies, Managing Behaviors, Common Core Standards, Teaching English Language Learners, and Teaching Students with Autism.

Target Audience:

Educators with an understanding of the roles and responsibilities of the paraprofessional.

Certification Requirements

For Basic

  • Two days of certification training in five basic level modules (18 hours of training material).
  • Video of a successful COMPASS presentation.
  • Recertification every two years.

For Advanced Modules

  • Professionals must be certified trainers in COMPASS Basic level.
  • One day certification Training.

Benefits of Certification

Membership to The COMPASS Trainers includes updates to materials, current resources, and online assistance.


  • All instructional materials.
  • Paraprofessional Workbooks (for 20 paraprofessionals).
  • Video analysis of a presentation and coaching support.

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