Position Description

Texas - Special Education Aide (2018-2019)
Location GH Texas
Job Category Academy - Faculty (Teachers, Asst. Teachers, ESS / SPED)
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Great Hearts Academies

Job Title:        Special Education Aide               

Reports to:     Headmasters and teacher(s)                         

Current Openings:

Great Hearts Monte Vista North - 319 E. Mulberry Ave., San Antonio, TX 78212                    

Primary Purpose:

The Special Education Aide will: help special education teachers provide for physical and instructional needs of students with disabilities in special education setting, assist in implementation of classroom programs, including self-help, behavior management, and instruction programs, and work under general supervision of the headmaster and immediate direction of certified teacher and/or Special Education Coordinator.


Education/Certification: High school diploma or GED

Valid Texas educational aide certificate (preferred but not requied)

Highly Qualified as outlined by the Texas Educational Agency (as applicable)

Special Knowledge/Skills:

Ability to work with children with disabilities

Ability to follow verbal and written instructions

Ability to communicate effectively

Knowledge of general office equipment


Some experience working with children

Major Responsibilities and Duties:

Instructional Support

  1. Help teacher prepare instructional materials and classroom displays.

  2. Help maintain a neat and orderly classroom.

  3. Help with inventory, care, and maintenance of equipment.

  4. Help teacher keep administrative records and prepare required reports.

  5. Provide orientation and assistance to substitute teachers.

Student Management

  1. Assist students with physical disabilities according to their needs, including transferring to and from wheelchairs, lifting, or positioning.

  2. Assist students with physical needs and personal care, including feeding, bathroom needs, and personal hygiene.

  3. Help manage behavior of students. This includes intervening in crisis situations and restraining disruptive or dangerous student behavior as needed.

  4. Assume responsibility for learning and adapting to each student’s special medical, physical, communicative, and emotional needs.

  5. Work with individual students or small groups to develop motor skills and conduct instructional exercises assigned by teacher.

  6. Help supervise students throughout the school day, inside and outside the classroom. This includes lunchroom, bus, and playground duty.

  7. Keep teacher informed of special needs or problems of individual students.


  1. Maintain confidentiality.

  2. Participate in the transition process for students with disabilities.

  3. Participate in staff development training programs, faculty meetings, and special events as assigned.

  4. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.

  5. Assist or participate in the Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee to assist with appropriate placement and development of Individual Education Plans (IEP) for students according to district procedures.

Personal Effectiveness

  1. Maintain a positive and effective relationship with supervisors.

  2. Effectively communicate with colleagues, students, and parents.

  3. Maintain confidentiality of information.

  4. Assist in maintaining a neat and orderly work environment.

  5. Submit Maintenance of Effort schedule as requested.

  6. Takes initiative to assist others as appropriate.

  7. Works in harmony with peers and associates.

  8. Responds to suggestions for improvement in a positive manner.

  9. Displays professionalism in dealing with others.

  10. Is punctual.

  11. Maintains good attendance.

  12. Maintains a professional appearance.

  13. Mentally alert and physically able to perform the job functions.

  14. Displays self-control and tact.

  15. Collaborates in problem solving.

  16. Perform other duties as assigned.

Supervisory Responsibilities:


Equipment Used:

Personal computer, copier, typewriter, and audiovisual equipment.

Working Conditions:

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Work with frequent interruptions, maintain emotional control under stress.  Occasional prolonged or irregular hours.  Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom or adaptive equipment. May be required to lift and position students with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint; and assist non-ambulatory students. Exposure to biological hazards. 



The foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of additional responsibilities and duties that may be assigned or additional skills that may be required.

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