(1)(a) A person working as a paraeducator for a school district before or during the 2017-18 school year must meet the requirements of subsection (2) of this section by the date of hire for the 2019-20 school year or any subsequent school year.
(b) A person who has not previously worked as a paraeducator for a school district must meet the requirements of subsection (2) of this section by the date of hire for the 2018-19 school year or any subsequent school year.
(2) The minimum employment requirements for paraeducators are as provided in this subsection. A paraeducator must:
(a) Be at least eighteen years of age and hold a high school diploma or its equivalent; and
(b)(i) Have received a passing grade on the education testing service paraeducator assessment; or
(ii) Hold an associate of arts degree; or
(iii) Have earned seventy-two quarter credits or forty-eight semester credits at an institution of higher education; or
(iv) Have completed a registered apprenticeship program.