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Become A Special Education Aide

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Working As A Special Education Aide

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

    Average Salary

What Does A Special Education Aide Do At Marana Unified School District

* bulletin boards; calendars; organizing/maintaining orderliness of-- classroom centers
* May assist with IEP/paperwork on a limited basis
* Completes and sends meeting notice forms, vision/hearing screening forms; creates goals/objectives checklists; distributes teacher input/communication forms
* Schedules and contacts parents for IEP, CST, and MET meetings
* Assists with proctoring DAPs and AIMS
* May grade student work and record student goals/grades onto spreadsheets
* Performs related duties as assigned

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How To Become A Special Education Aide

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


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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Special Education Aide Demographics


  • Female

  • Male

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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • French

  • Italian

  • German

  • Greek

  • Russian

  • Tagalog

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • Japanese

  • Hebrew

  • Vietnamese

  • Cheyenne

  • Dutch

  • Korean

  • Bosnian

  • Aramaic

  • Thai

  • Croatian

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Top Skills for A Special Education Aide


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Top Special Education Aide Skills

  1. Classroom Teacher
  2. Special Education Teachers
  3. Behavioral Disabilities
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Participated in professional development to strengthen my knowledge as a classroom teacher.
  • Collaborated with special education teachers to promote classroom consistency and provide comprehensive engagement to students.
  • Guided and encouraged middle school students with emotional and behavioral disabilities by providing 1-1 support.
  • Schedule and conduct home calls for various families all of whom have special needs children.
  • Prepare documentation for each student according to individual needs.Provide behavior intervention plans by following the students IEP's or BIP.

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