Paraprofessional Job Description

A paraprofessional is a person who works in a discipline other than education and is supervised by or provides instruction to a licensed professional.

Someone who works as a paraprofessional in special education is considered a special education professional.

A paraprofessional in special education works under the supervision of a teacher, teacher’s aide, or principal.

They are also supervised by a licensed special education professional or superintendent.

Paraprofessionals in special education may work as part of a classroom or may be assigned to an individual student.

A special education paraprofessional is a teacher’s assistant who works with a special education student by helping them meet educational goals.

Updated on:     
September 15, 2022

Job Brief:

We're looking for a Paraprofessional to work in a school setting with students who have special needs. The ideal candidate will have experience working with children and be able to provide support in the classroom.

Paraprofessional Duties:

  • Act as an intermediary between the classroom and home, working one-on-one with elementary school children with identified learning needs
  • Evaluate students’ needs, using detailed observation and data to assess learning and general progress, then develop and implement effective instruction plans
  • Deliver targeted, individualized instruction based on students’ needs
  • Maintain detailed records, progress reports, and evaluations
  • Implement academic and behavioral programming according to school guidelines
  • Promote a positive classroom environment
  • Assist with scheduling and attendance
  • Engage students in extracurricular activities
  • Provide differentiated instruction
  • Work independently and collaboratively with students, families, and school staff
  • Develop and maintain positive relationships with parents and students
  • Maintain accurate records of student progress
  • Assist with classroom management and supervision
  • Expand students’ learning through a variety of reading, writing, and math experiences

Paraprofessional Responsibilities:

  • Assist teachers with classroom management, prepare for class, clean and organize classrooms, and assist in daily childcare operations

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Requirements And Skills:

  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Experience working with individuals or populations with developmental disabilities preferred
  • Background in special education preferred
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office systems required

At [Company Name], we believe that diversity and inclusion are key to building a strong team. We are committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and supportive of people of all backgrounds, races, religions, national origins, genders, gender expressions, and ages. We encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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