Job Description / Essential Elements:
Office of Education
JOB TITLE: Paraeducator, Special Education (Range 13)
Range 14 (48 units), Range 15 (AA Degree), Range 16 (BA Degree)
DESCRIPTION OF BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY
To assist a certificated instructor in all areas as assigned and to assist in maintaining a classroom conducive to learning.
JOB REQUIREMENTS AND QUALIFICATIONS
• High school diploma or G.E.D. equivalent.
• An Associates degree or 48 units from an institution of higher education.
Otherwise, a passing grade on all sections of the assessment test given by SCOE and a minimum of two (2) college units or CEUs in related field.
• Ability to understand and follow both oral and written instructions.
• Ability to work with students in specialized and regular settings, using patience and understanding.
• Ability to handle confidential materials with discretion.
• Ability to establish and maintain effective work relationships with students, teachers, parents, and the general public.
• Ability to learn and apply basic methods and procedures to be followed in behavioral or medical needs.
• Experience toileting and feeding special education students preferred.
• Minimum six (6) months experience working with children.
• Must have CPR and first aid certification, or ability to obtain.
• Possession of a valid California driver’s license preferred.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
• Assists certificated teacher in operating a classroom and instructing individual or small groups of students.
• Assists certificated teacher in developing lesson materials and plans, identifying students’ needs, and maintaining records.
• Assists individual students in specific problem areas as necessary.
• Assists in performing SPHCS.
• Assists in implementing behavior plans/interventions.
• Helps maintain order in the classroom and assists instructor with appropriate discipline when necessary.
• Performs class-related clerical work.
• Assists students in use of computers.
• Assists students in learning proper grooming habits and personal hygiene.
• Assists in maintaining a clean and orderly classroom.
• Receives and records money for lunch or classroom activities.
• May attend meetings such as IEP, SARB, parent-teacher, etc.
• May be required to drive, based on needs of program to which assigned.
• Assists students in utilizing public transportation.
• Orders, repairs, inventories, and secures materials and equipment.
• Assists in feedings students, serving and preparing lunches, and post-meal cleanup.
• Assists students with toilet functions; taking them to the bathroom,
changing diapers, assisting students with cleanup, and changing clothes when necessary.
• Performs whatever duties are necessary to assure the health and safety of the students.
• Collects, reviews, grades, records, and files students’ work.
• Assists students to and from buses, lifting students, and/or pushing wheelchairs when necessary.
• Assists students in physical education and motor skill activities such as balancing, throwing and catching, swimming, sensory perception, etc.
• Provides assistance to students in the use of total communication, which may include Braille, sign language, or other non-verbal forms of
• Works independently with a group of students.
• Supervises students on community-based or regular education-based programs.
• Assists in helping students regarding academics, coping with disabilities, encouraging independence, etc.
• Assists students and staff with the utilization of specialized equipment as appropriate.
• Prepares instructional materials by cutting, pasting, designing, typing, duplicating materials, setting-up materials and equipment, ordering supplies, etc.
• Supervises students in learning basic vocational skills such as cleaning, grounds keeping, landscaping, food preparation, facility preparation, etc.
• Assists students in learning related skills necessary for successful performance of aforementioned vocational areas such as consumer math, hygiene, safety procedures, communication skills, independence, equipment use, and interpersonal skills.
• Performs related duties as required.
Employees in this classification receive limited supervision within a broad framework of policies and procedures.
PHYSICAL ACTIVITY REQUIREMENTS
This position requires a physical examination be taken and passed based on the physical requirements listed below:
Work Position (Percentage of Time):
Standing (60%) Walking (20%) Sitting (20%)
Body Movement (Frequency):
None (0) Limited (1) Occasional (2) Frequent (3) Very Frequent (4)
Lifting – lbs. (0-40) Lifting (3) Bending (4)
Pushing and/or Reaching Kneeling or
Pulling Loads (3) Overhead (2) Squatting (3)
Climbing Stairs (2) Climbing Ladders (1)
Paraeducator, Special Education