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Para-Educator III – Options/Inclusion Classroom

Job Description


This position assists a certificated special education provider; i.e. ESA or teacher, to provide instructional and behavioral interventions for students in special education and general education classrooms. Responsibilities include providing intensive individualized instruction in cognitive, academics communication, social, motor, and adaptive skills as outlined in a student’s IEP. Depending upon individual assignment, duties may also include taking and maintaining accurate data to guide and/or inform instruction, implementing behavior intervention plans, collaborating with special and general education staff, assisting with personal care, duplicating materials, providing basic first aid, or supervising students on the playground.

Reports to Principal; receives work assignments from self-contained classroom teacher or classroom teacher.


  1. Works with students individually or in small groups in a variety of learning activities assigned by the teacher; promotes student understanding of materials presented. Reinforces and reviews concepts and skills. Adjusts tasks to suit needs of students if necessary depending upon individual education plans. May select, develop and utilize materials to teach new concepts under the direction of certificated staff.
  2. Acts as a role model to demonstrate appropriate behavior to students; assists teacher in maintaining a classroom atmosphere conducive to learning.
  3. Assists teacher in supporting and monitoring student behavior and collaborates with teacher to implement positive behavior support strategies as written in individual support plans.
  4. Communicates with general education and special education providers to ensure students are provided appropriate access to curriculum and learning settings that support individual student needs. Modifies work as appropriate and provides data and feedback to providers.
  5. Collects, reviews, and records student assignments. Utilize technology to maintain student records including attendance, graphing data, compiling grading information, scoring etc. and may prepare student progress information for teachers.
  6. May operate various office equipment (i.e. laminator, copy machine, etc.) and be familiar with classroom technology such as desktop and portable computers, projector, etc.
  7. Provides assistance to students during mealtimes; tutors students in ordering food, assists students in carrying trays, feeding, and cleanup.
  8. May ride a bus to care for a special needs student on a route between student’s home and the school. Ensures that student is comfortable and safe, provides personal care as needed.
  9. May assist students in loading and unloading bus.
  10. Assists teacher in maintaining classroom physical appearance, including creating posters, charts, and bulletin board displays.
  11. Monitor students during unstructured times, such as recess, lunch, assemblies, special events, etc. Monitors behavior and maintains order. Ensures that children follow rules and regulations. Supervises safe use of playground equipment; alerts staff members concerning unsafe playground conditions.
  12. Monitor students with medical needs such as allergies, choking during mealtimes, seizure activity, etc.
  13. Accompanies students to restrooms as needed; assists with personal care activities.
  14. May be called upon to provide basic first aid care to ill or injured students. Alerts school office staff of further action as needed.
  15. May be required to perform health services including, but not limited to, clean intermittent catheterization (CIC); gastrointestinal tube feeding using a pump or gravity; administration of oral medication by mouth, feeding tube, inhaler, or nebulizer; use of a magnet over a vagus nerve stimulator (VNS) to control seizures; oral suctioning using a bulb syringe or suction machine; provision of a cough-assist procedure; administration of emergency medication using an auto-injector; administration of oxygen; and ostomy care.
  16. Performs related duties as assigned.

Experiences frequent interruptions; clerical work requires dexterity and precision. Requires flexibility due to frequent shifts in focus between assignments. Regularly required to deal with angry or upset students. Exposed to infectious diseases carried by students. If elementary assignment, may be required to work outdoors in inclement weather. May restrain students if necessary; constantly monitors behavior of students.

AFFILIATION:        PSE – Clerical

FLSA:                      Covered


Education & Experience
High school graduation or equivalent and experience in working with school-aged individuals. Experience in a school setting desirable. Passing scores on the District Skills Test. Must have passing scores on the Para Pro Test or Associates degree and/or Bachelor’s degree.

Allowable Substitution

Knowledge, Skills & Abilities

  • General knowledge of physical and medical handicapping conditions.
  • Ability to lift and transfer 100+ lb students.
  • Skill in making effective decisions.
  • Skill in oral communication.
  • Ability to analyze tasks and document steps for task completion.
  • Ability to remain flexible to changes in situations or assignments.
  • Ability to monitor and maintain appropriate student behavior.
  • Ability to provide instruction for students in a variety of skills.
  • Ability to set priorities and organize activities.
  • Ability to maintain accurate records.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to deal with students in a calm, consistent and caring manner.
  • Ability to learn about therapy equipment (i.e. standers, wheelchairs, AAC)
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective relationships with staff.

Licenses/Special Requirements

  • Must complete training in first aid and CPR training.
  • Must complete Right Response training.

Reclass: 06/2017