In order to become a full-time paraprofessional, one must first become a substitute paraprofessional.
Paraprofessionals are teaching assistants who provide instructional services to students under the general supervision of a certified teacher. In New York City, most paraprofessionals work in special education and early childhood education settings. Full-time paraprofessionals receive a generous benefits package (healthcare, paid leave, pension, etc.) and may avail themselves to opportunities such as tuition assistance and paid release time for college study. Full-time employees are also entitled to a salary above the minimum ($21,713), based upon college credits and/or related work experience. For example, the starting salary for a paraprofessional with 45 college credits and no experience is currently $26,343.
Prior to being eligible for full-time employment, educational paraprofessionals are required to work as day-to-day substitute paraprofessionals. Subsequently, subject to meeting hiring requirements, they will become eligible to apply for full-time paraprofessional positions. However, appointment to a full-time position is based on each school’s vacancies, is competitive and is NOT guaranteed. To review a sample of the responsibilities, the application requirements, and to apply for the substitute paraprofessional position, click here.
The Lead Teacher Assistant – Paraprofessional (LTA) has been created as a career ladder position to allow for a more diverse use of paraprofessionals in classrooms and schools to support student needs. The position allows schools to utilize a paraprofessional in the role of a true assistant teacher, supporting all aspects of instruction in the classroom and working with students alone or in small groups under the general supervision of the classroom teacher. Lead Teacher Assistants will also support the practice of other paraprofessionals at their school and may, under limited circumstances, provide absence coverage for the teacher of record.
Click on the link below to view the job posting and access the online application. Note that when you apply, you will need to attach a resume and be prepared to submit written responses to the following two questions:
- Describe an experience you have had in a role with young people/students where you think you made a significant contribution to student learning or growth. (Limit: 350 words).
- What are two skills and/or knowledge you possess that you believe make you an ideal candidate to be in this role? Please explain how these skills/knowledge will assist you in becoming a successful Lead Teacher Assistant. (Limit: 350 words.)
Once you open the application, you will not be able to save the application and complete it at a later date. Please have your resume ready and draft your responses to the written questions in advance, so that you can cut and paste them into the application form.
The deadline to apply is July 15.
View the Lead Teacher Assistant job posting, and access the online application, here.
View a tentative list of schools interested in creating a Lead Teacher Assistant position.
The Career Training Program provides tuition assistance for eligible substitute and full-time paraprofessionals.
Bilingual Paraprofessionals Pursuing a Career in Bilingual Education (BPS)
BPS is a Title I, Tax Levy program which operates within the New York City Department of Education's Division of Human Resources, Office of School Based Support Services. Its purpose is to prepare and train bilingual paraprofessionals in pursuit of a teaching career to support and serve English Language Learners (ELLs) in Title I public elementary schools. The goal is to promote linguistic and academic progress of these students, whose primary language is Spanish, Chinese or Haitian-Creole, by providing supportive instructional services through the assignment of our BPS teacher interns. For more information on the BPS program and/or to apply, please click here. --- A paraprofessional who already possesses a bachelor's degree may be eligible for certain scholarship programs.
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