Para Educator Training (Teaching Assistant)


Enrolls in Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer 
9 a.m. - 1 p.m., Monday - Friday
Seven-week training
100% online 7 Week Course


Offered through Holyoke Community College, this program is fully online.


For those interested in working family-friendly hours as a para educator (also called a teaching assistant), this program can lead directly to an internship or employment with the Springfield Public Schools or other public school districts starting in the fall. The program also includes a job readiness and career exploration component.

You will:

  • Gain education-specific knowledge, skills and qualifications necessary to be a Para-educator in Massachusetts public schools
  • Get help preparing to pass the PCTA exam
  • Have mentors to help you plan and achieve your goals and support your success.

For DTA qualified applicants, you may also earn a stipend of $125/week throughout the training and internship.


To be eligible you must:

  • Have a high school diploma or GED/HiSET
  • Pass a CORI/background check/ fingerprints
  • Be authorized to work in the United States
  • Be able to pass the PCTA exam.

To be eligible for a paid DTA Stipend, you must meet all the above requirements, and you must also:

  • Receive TAFDC


In partnership with Department of Transitional Assistance, Springfield Federation of Paraprofessionals, Springfield Public Schools and Springfield Works.

Click here for a program flyer.