SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL
Work with LAUSD's Special Education Division.
Special Education Paraprofessionals support and inspire our students with disabilities so that they can realize their full potential.
WHO WE ARE
LAUSD’s Division of Special Education provides specially designed instruction that meets the needs of our students with disabilities. To meet the unique educational needs of our students, the Division adapts the content, methodology and/or delivery of instruction so that the students can access curriculum and meet defined educational standards. Special Education Paraprofessionals have a critical role in the delivery of instruction for students with special needs, as the Paraprofessionals assist teachers in the classroom in support of these students.
WHAT WE DO
Special Education Paraprofessionals assist teachers in the support of students with disabilities. Paraprofessionals help in the training and education of students by carrying out duties such as adapting classroom activities, assignments, and/or materials for the students and assisting teachers in implementing lessons for a student or a group of students. Additionally, the Paraprofessional helps in caring for students' physical needs.
WHERE WE WORK
Paraprofessionals typically work in the classroom, either assisting a teacher or working one-on-one with a student.
HOW TO APPLY TO BECOME A SPECIAL EDUCATION PARAPROFESSIONAL
APPLY TO BECOME A PARAEDUCATOR
Visit www.lausdjobs.org to apply
BEGIN AS A SUBSTITUTE PARAEDUCATOR
New Paraprofessionals begin as substitute employees as they learn the job.
BECOME A PERMANENT PARAEDUCATOR
Paraprofessionals with 600 hours of experience as a Sub are qualified to become a permanent employee.
PROMOTE TO BECOME A SPECIAL ASSISTANT
Special Education Trainees who have passed probation and have participated in specific coursework may be eligible for this next step in the career pathway.
Candidates must possess a high school diploma or equivalent education and ONE of the following:
- A passing score on the District Proficiency Test AND 60 semester (or 90 quarter) units from a recognized college/university
- A passing score on the District Proficiency Test AND an Associate’s degree from a recognized college/university
- A passing score on the District Proficiency Test AND a passing score on the Instructional Assistant test.
NOTE: Candidates who possess a BA/BS degree from a recognized college/university meet the educational requirement for the job.