• Paraprofessional to Teacher Track

    CMSD is investing in developing talent from within! There is a clear path for Paraprofessionals in our district to become licensed teachers!

    The Cleveland Paraprofessional Teacher Program affords paraprofessionals opportunities for professional growth and upward mobility to become degreed and licensed teachers. Paraprofessionals will have opportunities to enhance their skills, knowledge and abilities through tuition reimbursement and paid leave to student teach, ultimately to be able to apply, compete, and be hired as a teacher in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

    The district will provide tuition assistance to those that qualify for the program, and qualified Paraprofessionals can receive paid educational leave to complete their student teaching!



    Reinbursement Criteria

    Complete Paraprofessional-to-Teacher Program Application

    Course(s)must be part of the individual's approved course of study to become a licensed teacher, including student teaching.

    Full-time Paraprofessional

    Reimbursment request must be submitted within 60 days of final grades.

    Currently employed with minimum of 4 years' experience in CMSD with an evaluation rating of "Accomplished" or "Skilled"

    Tuition receipts must be submitted as proof of payment along with the course description and syllabus.

    4-year Educational Aide Permit (State of Ohio)

    A grade of "B" or better must be attained for each course taken for tuition reimbursement.

    Enrolled in a college or university school of education


    The course(s) must not be taken for required remediation.