Job Description for Paraeducator
A paraeducator is a school employee who works in a classroom under a teacher's supervision. This position does not require a specialized degree; a high school diploma (or equivalent) is required, although an Associate’s degree or Bachelor’s degree in an educational field is highly recommended. It is also typically required of a person in this position to have plenty of experience working with children.Read More...
As this is a classroom position, the hours are traditionally compliant with school hours and the school calendar. Paraeducators work primarily in classrooms with younger children (preschool or kindergarten) or children with special needs.
A paraeducator’s duties and responsibilities vary depending on the needs of the particular school system and individual classroom/s. This person will work directly and indirectly with students while implementing plans and programs related to academic or functional skills. The paradeducator will generally: assist the teacher with academic instruction; assist with implementing individual education programs; provide physical and/or academic assistance to special needs students; provide clerical support (such as grading, copying or organizing) to teachers or professionals; monitor medical needs of students; prepare instructional materials; and assist with preparation of learning centers and bulletin boards.
Naturally, a paraeducator should be eager to work with children – especially those with disabilities. Those in this position should exhibit positive and fair attitudes, as well as patience and ingenuity, and should maintain confidentiality within the position. Finally, paraeducators absolutely must have excellent communication skills – with students, teachers, parents and supervisors alike.
- Assist students with the integration into regular education classroom.
- Assist the teacher with planning and implementation of any type of community based instruction.
- Assist with scoring tests, keeping records and making reports as required by the teacher.
- Assist the teacher in the development and implementation of the Individual Education Plan (IEP).
- Assist the teacher with the designing of instruction and follow through.
Common Career Paths for Paraeducator
Paraeducators who go on to become Administrative Assistants may see their salaries climb quite a bit. Median pay for Administrative Assistants is $31K annually. Many Paraeducators advance into roles as Special Education Paraprofessionals or Education Paraprofessionals, but the median salaries are $2K lower and $3K lower, respectively.
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Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For many Paraeducators, extensive experience does not lead to significantly more money. The average inexperienced worker earns $25K, and someone who has worked for five to 10 years can expect a bigger median salary of $27K. Paraeducators claiming one to two decades of experience make an estimated median of $28K. As Paraeducators reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $32K.
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