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Paraprofessional Job Description

Position Title: Special Education Paraprofessional
Department: Special Education
Reports To: Building Principals/Special Education Director
Date: Revised 2004


The special education paraprofessional will work closely with one or a few special needs students on a regular basis in order to provide them with the physical help and emotional support they need to gain the full benefits from their educational placement under the direction of the supervising teacher(s).


1. To assist students(s) to whom assigned in any physical tasks directed by supervisor.

2. Special education parapros give reinforcement to students in the areas of social studies, math, science, and reading or other areas as directed by supervisor.

3. Support the teacher on methods, materials and strategies for reinforcements on target children. The teacher will plan all lessons and be responsible for instruction.

4. Aid teacher, when requested, in communication between home and school.

5. Participate in on-going staff development.

6. Help plan scheduling for meeting the needs of students. Help collect and/or prepare materials to support student learning.

7. Communicate regularly with teachers as to student’s needs and progress.

8. Treat all information about the school, teachers, children and their families as strictly confidential.



QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


Associates Degree, 60 hours of college credits or proof of passage of Basic Skills Teacher Certification or WorkKeys Test. Successful experience working with children preferred.


High School diploma required.


Ability to read and interpret documents such as textbooks, teacher manuals, safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to speak effectively before groups of students or employees of organization


Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume. Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.


Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, staff and the school community. Ability to speak clearly and concisely both in oral and written communication. Ability to perform duties with awareness of all district requirements and Board of Education policies. Ability to operate computers and related software or willingness to learn computer hardware and software skills

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit, walk or stand. The employee may be required to offer physical assistance including toileting, support in the pool or during other adaptive physical education activities. The employee may also be required to restrain a child.

WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is moderate.

The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.