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Become An Education Paraprofessional

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Working As An Education Paraprofessional

  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Scheduling Work and Activities
  • Developing Objectives and Strategies
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Deal with People

  • $55,810

    Average Salary

What Does An Education Paraprofessional Do At Little City Foundation

* The list of essential duties and responsibilities, as outlined herein, is intended to be representative of the task to be performed.
* The omission of an essential function does not preclude management from assigning duties not listed herein is such duties are a logical assignment to the position.
* Provides instructional support to assigned students to implement educational programs as determined by the teacher/resource team/administrator.
* Constructs/ modifies/adapts instructional materials/games/displays/learning centers
* Works with students to operate computer and supportive technology
* Supervises the student’s completion of educational activities as outlined in the IEP, observes and records data
* Maintains records and files relevant to assignment- anecdotal notes, written observations, accurate education folders
* Implements behavioral programming as determined by team.
* Provides personal and safety assistance to students.
* Communicates and shares ideas and concerns with lead Teacher/Site Director, team/professional.
* Actively participates in meetings as required.
* Assists with critical daily activities such as classroom transition times, mealtimes and toileting.
* Supervises students as required in classroom, media room, cafeteria/multi-purpose room, sensory room, gym playground field trips.
* Fosters student independence.
* Works collaboratively as a member of the team
* Performs other duties as assigned
* Help to maintain a clean and organized learning environment
* Sanitize all surfaces, equipment and classroom toys
* Maintains American Heart Association certification in First Aid and CPR.
* Successfully completes Little City Foundation required training, re-training, and any additional training as required by Little City Foundation policies and practices, or as assigned by his or her immediate supervisor.
* Qualifications

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How To Become An Education Paraprofessional

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified. For information about teacher preparation programs and certification requirements, visit Teach.org or contact your state’s board of education.

Education

All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some earn a degree specifically in special education. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.

In a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in special education, prospective teachers learn about the different types of disabilities and how to present information so that students will understand. These programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. To become fully certified, some states require special education teachers to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools may prefer to hire teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, states also require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development classes or a master’s degree program to maintain their license.

Many states offer general licenses in special education that allow teachers to work with students with a variety of disabilities. Others offer licenses or endorsements based on a disability-specific category, such as autism or behavior disorders.

Some states allow special education teachers to transfer their licenses from another state. Other states require even an experienced teacher to pass their state’s licensing requirements.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately, under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. These alternative programs cover teaching methods and child development. Candidates are awarded full certification after they complete the program. Other programs require prospective teachers to take classes in education before they can start to teach. They may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.

Training

Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, they gain experience in preparing lesson plans and teaching students in a classroom setting, under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentor or lead teachers who help less experienced teachers improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, assistant principals, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Special education teachers discuss students’ needs and performances with general education teachers, parents, and administrators. They also explain difficult concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand.

Critical-thinking skills. Special education teachers assess students’ progress and use that information to adapt lessons to help them learn.

Interpersonal skills. Special education teachers regularly work with general education teachers, school counselors, administrators, and parents to develop Individualized Education Programs. As a result, they need to be able to build positive working relationships.

Patience. Working with students with special needs and different abilities can be difficult. Special education teachers should be patient with each student, as some may need the instruction given aloud, at a slower pace, or in writing.  

Resourcefulness. Special education teachers must develop different ways to present information in a manner that meets the needs of their students. They also help general education teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of students with disabilities.

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Education Paraprofessional Career Paths

Education Paraprofessional
ABA Therapist Instructor ESL Instructor
Academic Director
8 Yearsyrs
Special Educator Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Assistant Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Program Director Coach
Athletic Director
5 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Center Director
7 Yearsyrs
Elementary School Teacher Site Coordinator Youth Director
Children's Ministries Director
5 Yearsyrs
Mental Health Technician Therapist Adjunct Professor
Curriculum Director
9 Yearsyrs
Instructional Assistant Adjunct Instructor Associate Dean
Dean
5 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Program Director Adjunct Instructor
Department Chairperson
7 Yearsyrs
Program Coordinator Adjunct Instructor Instructor
Director Of Instruction
6 Yearsyrs
Instructor Case Manager Special Education Teacher
Director Of Special Education
12 Yearsyrs
Behavioral Specialist Long Term Substitute Teacher Special Educator
Director Of Special Services
9 Yearsyrs
Special ED Teacher Special Educator Pre-K Teacher
Director Of Teacher Education
5 Yearsyrs
Special Educator Lead Teacher Assistant Director
Education Director
7 Yearsyrs
Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
Elementary School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Assistant Director Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
High School Principal
12 Yearsyrs
Instructional Assistant Instructor Assistant Director
Owner/Director
7 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Program Manager Education Director
School Director
7 Yearsyrs
Instructor Special Education Teacher Assistant Principal
School Principal
10 Yearsyrs
Service Coordinator Adjunct Faculty Assistant Principal
Vice Principal
9 Yearsyrs
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Education Paraprofessional Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    79.3%
  • Male

    19.1%
  • Unknown

    1.6%

Ethnicity

  • White

    82.5%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    9.7%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.4%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    69.8%
  • French

    6.6%
  • Portuguese

    3.3%
  • Italian

    2.7%
  • Arabic

    2.7%
  • Mandarin

    2.2%
  • Hmong

    1.6%
  • Braille

    1.6%
  • Turkish

    1.1%
  • Dutch

    1.1%
  • Vietnamese

    1.1%
  • Chinese

    1.1%
  • German

    1.1%
  • Swahili

    0.5%
  • Cherokee

    0.5%
  • Hindi

    0.5%
  • Korean

    0.5%
  • Hungarian

    0.5%
  • Catalan

    0.5%
  • Russian

    0.5%
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Top Skills for An Education Paraprofessional

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Top Education Paraprofessional Skills

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Special Education Teachers
  3. Behavioral Issues
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Discussed assigned duties with classroom teachers to coordinate instructional efforts.
  • Assisted Special Education teachers with lesson planning and physical responsibilities for special needs elementary school children.
  • Design and customize student programs to address behavioral issues, and to provide a productive learning environment.
  • Assist with special needs children help with hygiene and daily activities
  • Help him and other students in the classroom successfully achieve their IEP goals.

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