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Job Description

Department: Assigned Campus, Special Services

Reports: Principal, Supervising Teacher, special Services Director

Exempt Status: Non- Exempt

Pay Grade: 3

No of Days: 185


Position Function/Purpose

To assist the classroom teacher in the care and instruction of the students in the classroom. 


Major Responsibilities

  1. Follow the directions of the supervisor
  2. Preparing materials and displays as directed
  3. Demonstrating acceptable written and verbal skills
  4. Working in a cooperative manner with both teacher and students
  5. Assisting the teacher in maintaining student discipline
  6. Assisting the teacher in assuming responsibility for the care and safety of students
  7. Assisting the teacher in assuming responsibility for the care of equipment and teaching materials
  8. Changing diapers for students
  9. Toileting students
  10. Feeding or assisting with feeding students
  11. Assisting with lifting students
  12. Assisting students with other self help skills
  13. Blending foods
  14. Cooking foods
  15. Assisting with loading and unloading students
  16. All other duties as assigned by the supervisor
  17. A teacher assistant in special education is subject to reassignment during the year because of student population shifts 

Qualification Requirements


Minimum Certification/Education:

  1. High school diploma or GED. 48 semester hours of college coursework from a regionally accredited college or university OR meets NCLB requirements for Highly Qualified Paraprofessionals
  2. The ability to work with all students
  3. Good people skills
  4. Possess, or be willing to apply for, a TEA Paraprofessional Certificate (personal expense)

Special Knowledge/ Skills:


     1Ability to work well with children 


Physical Demands

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. 

   1. Standing

   2. Heavy lifting (45 lbs. or over)

   3. Pushing

   4. Repeated bending

   5. Walking

   6. Regular attendance required


Equipment used

  1. Copier
  2. Audio visual equipment
  3. Laminator
  4. Typewriter
  5. In some cases:  Wheel chairs, lifts, crutches, blender, stove and medical equipment

Work Environment

The environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

  1. Indoors and Outdoors
  2. Works around machinery with moving parts
  3. Classroom environment

The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by people assigned to this job.  They are not intended to be an exhaustive description of all work requirements and responsibilities.  Additionally, the minimum level of education noted as a requirement could be supplemented by commensurate experience and/or certification(s) as determined by the hiring manager.



  • Job Category : Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
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