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Specialized Educational Duties

In some teaching environments, students may require something other than the usual curriculum for educational success. A personalized teaching method often requires the skills of a paraprofessional, a role that is necessary in the lives of thousands of special needs students around the country. Paraprofessionals in today’s classrooms do not need the same level of education or licenses as full-time teachers, but that is because their responsibilities often require an entirely different set of tasks that a teacher often cannot fulfill. Ardor Health has available positions for paraprofessionals looking to work in special education around the country.

What Does a Paraprofessional Do?

Special education is often more intensive than the standard classroom, with more mentor involvement and hands-on learning that helps students better understand why the concepts they learn are valuable. The paraprofessional fulfills the role of increased involvement; instead of standing in front of the class, she is a part of it. The paraprofessional sits with the students as they complete their classwork, and is the first resource for kids who need extra support along the way. A paraprofessional helps special education students stay on track with their peers.

Certifications for Paraprofessionals

The education requirements for paraprofessionals vary from state to state. That said, the role is one of the most accessible in education employment today. Most states only require the completion of a particular set of college courses so that someone who pursued a paraprofessional certificate may practice. A paraprofessional may select any of a variety of fields to work in, such as math courses to be a paraprofessional in a math class. Some college students choose to work as a paraprofessional to help prepare themselves for a full-time teaching position in the future. It is important to note that while no state requires a bachelor’s degree to work as a paraprofessional, many facilities will ask potential hires to bring one with them for an interview. You can come to the interview without a bachelor’s, but doing so will likely significantly affect the employer’s hiring decision.

Job Outlook for Paraprofessionals

With an expected increase of special education students of all ages, the paraprofessional role will continue to see a sudden growth in recent years. Paraprofessional positions are expected to grow by about nine percent per year until the end of this decade. While this may mean that stricter regulations may be put in place for who can apply as a paraprofessional, it is good news for those who meet the educational requirements and are interested in working with special education students. Ardor Health helps paraprofessionals around the country find their next opportunity. Call 855-GO-ARDOR, or view our job listing to learn more about available positions.