Bilingual Teaching Assistant

Location: Sonia Gutierrez Campus
Time: Monday-Friday: 9:00am-11:30am

Teacher with StudentThrough this 5-month program, advanced English language learners (ESL level 8 or higher) are prepared to become certified teaching assistants as an entry into a career in education. Our bilingual teaching assistants typically gain employment in DC schools working with a classroom teacher to support instruction, especially for students whose first language is not English. Schools currently employing our program graduates include: Mundo Verde, EL Haynes, LaSalle Backus Education Campus, Elsie Whitlow Stokes, and others. Participants in the program will earn both a Seal of Biliteracy, to demonstrate literacy in English and another language, as well as the Parapro exam certification, a nationally recognized certificate. The course consists of more than 200 hours of combined in-class instruction, and a paraeducator apprenticeship in the K-12 or Adult Education setting.


  • Eligible for ESL 8 (high intermediate) or higher
  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Proficiency in Math and Reading by passing a diagnostic test
  • Criminal background check and proof of COVID-19 vaccine
  • Advising session




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