Humboldt County Office of Education: Instructional Aide/Special Education Temporary

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HCOE Job Description

Instructional Aide/Special Education Temporary


    Under general supervision of the classroom teacher, instruct students individually or in groups with prescribed learning objectives and perform related tasks as required.


    • Works with students individually or in small groups to tutor, reinforce of follow up on learning activities; assists by guiding students and/or providing a model in a variety of areas;
    • Assists in physical development and fitness, communication, personal hygiene (i.e. feeding, grooming, toileting), academic learning, and vocational skills; uses established guidelines as a pattern to individualize instruction to the needs of each learner; supervises classroom, outdoor playground, community mobility, and field trip activities; provides instruction in dance, games, and music;
    • Assists with classroom preparation and clean up; provides for protection and safety to all students assigned;
    • May operate mechanical equipment such as orthopedic braces and supports or teaching devices.


    Education and Experience

    • Graduation from high school or comparable demonstration of basic competence and one year of paid or voluntary experience working with children;
    • Two years of college training related to psychology, child development, or education may be substituted for one year of experience working with children;
    • Training or experience working with special needs children is desirable;
    • A passing score on the Instructional Aide Proficiency Test.

    Knowledge of

    • Learning patterns and behavior;
    • Basic concepts of child development and behavior characteristics;
    • Personal hygiene and mental health practices;
    • Reading and writing in English, including grammar and composition;
    • Number concepts;
    • Classroom computer and other technical equipment.

    Ability to

    • Communicate with children and motivate them to participate in learning activities;
    • Learn to teach in special subject matter areas or to teach children who have special learning needs;
    • Maintain emotional control under difficult situations;
    • Learn and adapt to new procedures and conditions;
    • Apply knowledge and practices with judgment;
    • Maintain a continuing relationship with the same students and staff over a prolonged period;
    • Recognize hazards to safety;
    • Learn laws, rules, practices, and procedures related to public education for children and related to the program to which assigned;
    • Apply knowledge and practices with judgment;
    • Perform routine clerical work;
    • Speak distinctly in English or communicate in sign language;
    • Supervise children in the classroom and out of doors;
    • Read and comprehend fine print, such as texts, catalogs, etc.;
    • Communicate effectively via telephone, computer modem, and in-person;
    • Lift/move objects weighing up to 50 pounds.

    Personnel Commission Approved January 14, 1992 – Range 30/Revised 3/14/95 4/4/2019 PC Approved – 5.10.22 – New Classifed Range 3 

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