May 11, 2020

Teacher Assistant (Special Education)

  • TrulyHired
  • Norfolk, VA, USA
Full-time School Support

Job Description


Full-Time and Permanent; Non-Exempt; 6.5 Hours/Day; 182 Days/Year; 10 Months/Year; Grade: GG

General Responsibilities

This position is responsible for providing assistance to a special education classroom teacher, performing a variety of tasks relating to the physical and instructional needs of students with disabilities in the general or special education setting; assists in the implementation of classroom programs, including self-help and behavior management as well as instruction.

Education and Experience

Requires completion of at least forty-eight (48) college credit hours from an accredited college or university; or must have achieved a score of 455 on the Department of Education Para-Pro exam and some experience working with children. Experience working with special education students in a classroom setting is preferred; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Essential Job Functions
  • Provides instructional support to teachers in the daily management and instruction of special education students.
  • Requires some knowledge of child growth and development, group interaction, health, safety, and first-aid methods.
  • Works with individual and small groups of children to develop fine and gross motor skills.
  • Responsible for performing instruction and clerical tasks to relieve teacher of routine activities and to help carry out daily classroom activities.
  • May be required to work at various locations with various assignments to include; pre-kindergarten, kindergarten, regular general education classrooms, special education, or computer learning center/lab.
  • Performs designated learning tasks with students such as, demonstrating or explaining lessons, prompting student participation, monitoring during tests, and assisting with other instructional tasks.
  • May be required to attend to children with various levels of mental and physical disabilities (LD, MR, ED, and PH).
  • May serve part-time in an alternative learning class.
  • Responsible for operating office equipment and audio-visual equipment.
  • Assists in therapeutic crisis intervention.
  • Performs a wide variety of monitoring, record keeping, and file maintenance for an accelerated learning program.
  • Assists students in physical activities; to include escorting children to the library, playground activities, lunchroom breaks, resource classes, restrooms, and field trips.
  • May be required to work one-on-one or with a group of students; to include assisting students with physical and sanitation needs.
  • Responsible for monitoring children in the absence of the teacher.
  • Requires continuous standing, walking, lifting and physical restraint.
  • Work may include noise and/or disruptive student behavior and exposure to student bodily fluids.
  • Requires sensitivity to the ways physical and mental disabilities affect the behavior of children.
  • Ability to assist in providing a wide variety of stimulating experiences for children to meet their individual, intellectual, and emotional needs.
  • Incumbent should be able to lift 50 pounds.
  • Ability to effectively communicate with parents, teachers, and administrators.
  • Works under the direct supervision of the classroom teacher and administrative personnel according to established policies and procedures.
  • Performs additional duties as assigned.
  • Position Type: Full-time
Job Categories: Special Education > General Special Education
Instructional Support > Paraprofessional / IA
Special Education > Special Education Assistant
Contact Information
  • Amanda Schilling
  • 800 E. City Hall Ave
  • Norfolk, Virginia 23510

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