ERIC Number: ED420976
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Paraeducator. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this leaflet outlines the role of the paraeducator. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that paraeducators should have, job outlook and advancement, how to prepare for a career as a paraeducator, and related careers. Paraeducators are described as key classroom support personnel who assist the classroom teacher in small group and instructional lessons. Paraeducators are often called upon to deliver the lessons, grade homework and standardized tests, participate in classroom activities, and generally support students and teachers. Paraeducators are frequently assigned to general education teachers who have inclusive classrooms. Some states have certification procedures for paraeducators, but most do not. Much of the training that paraeducators receive is done on the job by teachers and other paraeducators. Paraeducators are described as enjoying children and willing to assist and support the teacher in creating a healthy learning environment. The demand for other paraprofessionals in physical therapy, speech-language pathology, and occupational therapy is highlighted, and a profile of a technology specialist is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Disabilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Inclusive Schools, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Paraprofessional School Personnel, Personality Traits, Regular and Special Education Relationship, Special Education, Staff Role
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.cec.sped.org/ncpse.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.