Special Education Paraprofessional


All paraprofessionals originally hired after January 8, 2002 shall meet the requirements of a “Highly Qualified” paraprofessional aside as described in Title 1 of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

  • This job description describes in general terms the normal duties that the assistant will be expected to undertake. However, the job or duties described may vary or be amended from time to time without changing the level of responsibility associated with the job.
  • Special education paraprofessionals work under the overall supervision of their program director with direct supervision provided by special education teachers. They are employed when required to implement special education or related services for a class and/or to provide direct assistance to students. Their duties will vary depending upon the age of students served as well as the nature and severity of the student’s disabilities.
  • Please refer to the Paraprofessional Training Manual for additional job performance information

Work Hours:

  • Monday-Friday
  • 8:30 AM – 2:30 PM


  • Possess a valid State of Illinois Professional Educator License endorsed for Paraprofessional
  • Completed 60 semester hours of college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education
  • Obtained an associate degree (or Higher) at a regionally accredited institution of higher education

Reports to:

  • Special Education Teacher

Key Competencies:

  • Assist in the educational and social development of students under the direction and guidance of classroom teachers, PT, OT, SLP, SLPA, and Behavior Specialist
  • Assist in the implementation of Individual Education Plans for the students and monitor their progress
  • Provide support for individual students inside and outside the classroom to enable them to fully participate in activities
  • Assist classroom teachers with maintaining student records
  • Support students with emotional or behavior concerns and assist them in developing appropriate social skills

 Standards and Quality Assurance

  • Be capable of physically assisting students with special needs as required (positioning, lifting, transferring, restraining, etc.)
  • Have demonstrated ability to work effectively under the direction of others
  • Have demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others
  • Have willingness to assume any responsibilities appropriate for the position
  • Support the Mission Statement of Larson School
  • Behave and speak in a professional manner at all times
  • Set a good example in terms of dress, punctuality and attendance
  • Be proactive in matters relating to health and safety
  • Ability to lift 40 lbs/transfer students
  • Adhering to all established Covid-19 policies at UCP/CDS
  • All other duties as assigned
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