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Become A Para Educator

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Working As A Para Educator

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Getting Information
  • Thinking Creatively
  • $24,900

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Para Educator does

  • Grade 1- Special Education Instructional Para educator with two students in the general education Setting
  • Worked with students in grades ranging from kindergarten to fifth grade in reading and math.
  • Develop and maintain knowledge in science and mathematics.
  • Assist Teacher with lesson plans Tutor and Homework help for students Assist special education students
  • Assist students with special needs in a regular classroom setting to insure their success.
  • Promote and maintain a safe, organized and positive learning environment.
  • Assist speech-language pathologists in the conduct of student screenings or assessments of language, fluency, and articulation.
  • Specialized in working with 50+ children with behavior and/or learning disabilities.
  • Handle With Care: Crisis and Behavior Management System and CPI certified.
  • Followed IEP to insure compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Substitute reaching, lesson planning and crisis intervention.
  • Assisted in daily activities designed by the classroom teacher.
  • Communicated with teachers and parents to discuss student progress and behavior issues.
  • Assist with classroom management and behavior issues.
  • Observed student behaviors, recorded activities, and reported to the class room teacher.
  • Worked with at risk and special needs children.
  • Maintained a working knowledge of State and federal laws regarding special need education, behavior modification, and sensory dysfunction.
  • Adapted lesson plans to meet student's individual education plan requirements.
  • Perform clerical duties in support of the classroom activities.
  • Provided instructional support services under the direct supervision of lead teacher.

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How To Become A Para Educator

Teacher assistants typically need to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework.

Education

Most school districts require applicants to have completed at least 2 years of college coursework or have earned an associate’s degree. Teacher assistants in schools that have a Title 1 program (a federal program for schools with a large proportion of students from low-income households) must have at least a 2-year degree, 2 years of college, or pass a state or local assessment.

Associate’s degree programs for teacher assistants prepare the participants to develop educational materials, observe students, and understand the role of teachers and teaching assistants in the classroom.

Most states require instructional aides who work with special-needs students to pass a skills-based test.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Teacher assistants need to discuss students’ progress with teachers and parents, so they need to be able to communicate well.

Interpersonal skills. Teacher assistants interact with a variety of people, including teachers, students, parents, and administrators. They need to develop good working relationships with the people they work with.

Patience. Working with students of different abilities and backgrounds can be difficult. Teacher assistants must be patient with students who struggle with material.

Resourcefulness. To reinforce lessons, teacher assistants must explain information to students in a way that meets each student’s learning style. 

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Para Educator Demographics

Gender

  • Female

    79.4%
  • Male

    19.2%
  • Unknown

    1.4%

Ethnicity

  • White

    80.1%
  • Hispanic or Latino

    11.9%
  • Asian

    5.9%
  • Unknown

    1.5%
  • Black or African American

    0.5%
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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

    66.3%
  • French

    9.7%
  • German

    4.3%
  • Russian

    3.9%
  • Portuguese

    2.3%
  • Hmong

    1.6%
  • Korean

    1.6%
  • Arabic

    1.6%
  • Vietnamese

    1.2%
  • Ukrainian

    1.2%
  • Italian

    1.2%
  • Dutch

    0.8%
  • Armenian

    0.8%
  • Thai

    0.8%
  • Braille

    0.8%
  • Chinese

    0.8%
  • Swedish

    0.4%
  • Icelandic

    0.4%
  • Cherokee

    0.4%
  • Mandarin

    0.4%
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Top Skills for A Para Educator

ClassroomTeacherBehaviorIssuesSpecialNeedsChildrenIEPMathematicsLessonPlansDirectSupervisionLifeSkillsKindergartenSocialSkillsClassroomActivitiesGeneralEducationSpeech-LanguagePathologistsCrisisInterventionClassroomManagementPositiveLearningEnvironmentStudentBehaviorLearningDisabilitiesClassroomSettingEducationPlan

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Top Para Educator Skills

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Behavior Issues
  3. Special Needs Children
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Maintain effective communication with classroom teacher and program administrator while you are subbing.
  • Implement and consult in the development of appropriate behavior interventions for students with both mild and severe behavior issues.
  • Tutor and guide special needs children ranging from kindergarten - post high school.
  • Followed IEP to insure compliance with state and federal requirements.
  • Instructed students in classroom and lab setting providing instruction in areas of mathematics and science.

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Para Educator Videos

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