Primary Purpose:


Help special education teacher provide for physical and instructional needs of students with disabilities in special education setting. Assist in implementation of classroom programs, including self-help, behavior management, and instruction programs. Work under general supervision of principal and immediate direction of certified teacher.






High school diploma or GED

Educational Aide Certificate issued by SBEC

Paraprofessional Assessment Certificate, Associates Degree or two years (48 semester hours) of college


Special Knowledge/Skills:

Ability to work with children with disabilities

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Ability to communicate effectively

Knowledge of general office equipment



Major Responsibilities and Duties:


Instructional Support


  1. Help teacher prepare instructional materials and classroom displays
  2. Help maintain a neat and orderly classroom.
  3. Help with inventory, care, and maintenance of equipment.
  4. Help teacher keep administrative records and prepare required reports.
  5. Provide orientation and assistance to substitute teachers.


Student Management


  1. Assist students with physical disabilities according to their needs, including bathroom needs and transferring to and from wheelchairs.
  2. Help manage behavior of students. This includes interviewing in crisis situations and restraining disruptive or dangerous student behavior as needed.
  3. Assume responsibility for learning and adapting to each student’s special medical, physical, communicative, and emotional needs while working with individuals or in small groups.
  4. Help supervise students throughout the school day, inside and outside the classroom. This includes lunchroom, bus, and playground duty.
  5. Keep teacher informed of special needs or problems of individual students.




  1. Maintain confidentiality.
  2. Participate in staff development training programs, faculty meetings, and special events as assigned.
  3. Attend training on physical restraint each year.
  4. Assist with medical logs as needed.


Supervisory Responsibilities:





Equipment Used:


Wheelchair lift, ramps, personal computer, copier, typewriter, and audiovisual equipment



Working Conditions:


Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent standing; stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling; regular heavy lifting of students. Biological exposure to bacteria and communicable diseases.


The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.