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Special Education Associate - Oak Park

TITLE: Special Education Associate

DEPARTMENT: Student and Family Services

REPORTS TO: Building Administrator



Full Time

190 Day Calendar 

7.5 Hour Day


Assist teachers in the instruction, supervision and care of students with disabilities in a variety of instructional settings, including special education, general education and work/community settings. This position requires continuous use of independent judgment. The essential functions as shown below represent only the key areas of responsibility; specific position requirements will vary depending on the needs of the building assigned.


1. Take directions from teachers, building administrators and Student and Family Services support staff.
2 . Follow behavior management plans for individual students.
3. Maintain students’ daily behavior logs.
4. Assist in the implementation and monitoring of students’ Individual Education Plans.
5. Prepare and organize instructional materials and equipment.
6. Perform personal care duties for students with disabilities as needed.
7. Prepare and supervise students in bus loading/unloading.
8. Assist in maintaining a safe and orderly instructional environment.
9. Assist in implementing consistent behavior management strategies and procedures.
10. Supervise lunchroom, playground, halls, classroom and other assigned areas.
11. Clarify and reinforce teacher directions
12. Participate in I.E.P. meetings as required.
13. Assist with instruction in the community setting as required.
14. Assist students with assignments.
15. Reinforce skills taught by the teacher.
16. Listen to students read/read to students.
17. Chart/graph student performance.
18. Prepare bulletin boards, games, and flash cards.
19. Assist teacher in setting up, organizing, and preparing materials for labs or instruction.
20. Organize daily student work folders.
21. Prepare attendance cards and reports.
22. Feed, toilet and diaper students as needed.
23. Under teacher direction, implement specific strategies to maintain/increase appropriate behavior and deescalate inappropriate behavior.
24. Supervise students in community/work settings.
25. Lift, carry and correctly position students with physical disabilities.
26. Perform other activities as required by the building principal or teachers.


1. Attend work on a prompt and regular basis.
2. Maintain confidentiality.
3. Maintain satisfactory and harmonious working relationships with the public, students, and other employees.
4. Assist with other duties as may be assigned.



  1. High School Diploma, G.E.D, or HiSET.
  2. One of the following: (1) 48 credit hours post-secondary education, (2) associate’s degree or higher,(3) paraeducator certification from the Board of Educational Examiners (or willingness to obtain within the first year of employment), (4) combined score of 150 or higher on the COMPASS test, or (5) a passing score on the AccuPlacer test.
  3. Ability to relate to students with disabilities.
  4. Ability to carry out duties cooperatively with others.
  5. Oral and written communication skills.
  6. Strong inter-personal skills with a proven record of building rapport with culturally diverse students
  7. Competency working in a culturally diverse environment or the willingness to acquire these skills.



  1. Successful work or volunteer experience with disabled population.
  2. Supervisory experience with school-aged children.