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JOB SUMMARY:  The Special Education Teaching Assistant works under the direct supervision of the special education teacher and under the broad supervision of the building principal.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS:  To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily.

  • Provide assistance to students to help develop their independence.
  • Assist in carrying out lessons to students as arranged by the teacher, including working with students on an individual or small group basis.
  • Make needed adaptations and accommodations for students’ academic programming in general education classes as developed by the special education teacher.
  • Follow each student’s individual behavioral plan as well as the classroom behavior management plan.
  • Provide for special needs of individual students, including lifting, hygiene and restroom assistance if necessary.
  • Assist the teacher in maintaining a functional, attractive and orderly environment conducive to student learning.
  • Assist the special education teacher in clerical tasks, computer work, arts and crafts preparation, playground Supervision, housecleaning duties, bus loading and unloading.
  • Promote and model responsible, respectful and safe behaviors.
  • Promote and model appropriate social interactions with and between students.
  • Maintain the classroom routine when the teacher is not present.
  • Provide programs for students off School property if requested. (May include, but not limited to, field trips, vocational and aquatic center activities.)
  • Record and compile data monitoring academic and behavior programming.
  • Participate in staff team/collaboration meetings as assigned.
  • Perform all other duties and tasks assigned from time to time by the special education teacher as it relates to individual students or the classroom.
  • Monitor student needs and behaviors during lunch, going to and from all classes and at all times.
  • Report any unusual student behaviors to the teacher or administrator.
  • Maintain strict standards of student and family confidentiality.
  • Use appropriate TCI techniques, including de-escalation strategies and therapeutic restraint methods when students are in danger of harming themselves or others.
  • Become certified in Therapeutic Crisis Intervention training and maintain current certification.




  • Must meet all requirements for the position as designated by the ISBE to obtain a Paraprofessional License: 60 hours of college credit or passing scores on a Work Keys Basic Skills


  • 2 years school-based experience preferred


  • Highly organized
  • Excellent communication and collaboration skills
  • Excellent problem-solver
  • Should be able to work with students with a history of behavior or learning problems Proven to work under pressure and can prioritize multiple tasks


Salary Range Refer to the UEA Support Staff Schedule

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