Job Title: Instructional Assistant (Exceptional Student Education) 

Reports to:School Administrator
Typical Schedule:189 days/7 hours
Bargaining Unit:USEP SRP


Job Code:4005
Salary Schedule:SRP S06


Responsible for assisting the Exceptional Student Education (ESE) teacher(s) in providing a well-organized, smoothly functioning educational environment in which students with cognitive, physical, communication and emotional disabilities can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resources, under the direct supervision of a Highly Qualified Teacher.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.
  1. Assist students during teacher-directed whole group, small group, and individualized instruction.
  2. Monitor and support students during independent work or cooperative learning activities.
  3. Provide follow-up and review after teacher-directed instruction.
  4. Support students’ instructional programs through the preparation of educational materials and perform clerical tasks associated with instructional activities.
  5. Aid with supervision of students in specific school settings (e.g., playground, lunchroom, and media center).
  6. Assist in implementing the goals and objectives of the students’ Individual Educational Plans (IEP).
  7. Provide support in developing/maintaining students’ daily living needs, such as toilet needs, lifting, diapering, feeding and personal hygiene, transferring, positioning, and ambulation as necessary.
  8. Provide assistance with management of chronic health conditions by monitoring student health status and administering procedures as indicated in the student’s IEP of individual health care plan.
  9. Assist with the arrival, departure, and transportation of students.
  10. Ride the bus and assist with loading and unloading of students at home and school, monitor health status of students and/or assist with monitoring student behavior using positive behavior supports, as needed.
  11. Assist in classroom/student management, assist teachers in observing, recording, and maintaining data about student performance and behavior and health status, and intervene with District-approved Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI), Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), first aid, medication, and child-specific procedures when indicated and appropriately trained.
  12. Assist with monitoring student behavior using positive behavior resources.
  13. Provide, under the supervision of the ESE teachers, accommodations/modifications and related services as documented in the student’s IEP.
  14. Implement the District’s philosophy of education and instructional program in accordance with District policies and administrative guidelines, Florida Department of Education requirements, and provisions of State and Federal law.
  15. Serve as a resource by supporting the teacher’s efforts to organize and coordinate the instructional program for students with disabilities and perform additional support duties as delegated by the principal or his/her designee.
  16. Provide assistance with positioning students in standers, walkers, wheelchairs throughout the day.
  17. Escort students to and from classes or specialized functions as needed.
  18. Maintain confidentiality and follow District policies and procedures concerning education, health, safety, personal information, and the wellbeing of students.
  19. Demonstrate dependability, integrity, and respect for individual differences.
  20. Maintain required certifications by participating in workshops and in-service training sessions as required.
  21. Performs other duties as required.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Knowledge and ability to assist in instructing reading, writing, and mathematics readiness, as appropriate
  • Operating knowledge of computer programs, including email, word processing, spreadsheets, databases, and web-based technologies and platforms
  •   Exhibit positive, effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with others and facilitate groups to consensus
  • Ability to collect, summarize, and analyze data
  • Ability to communicate effectively with a variety of audiences, orally and in writing, including electronic media
  • Excellent time management skills and ability to organize, prioritize, and manage work assignments in an efficient manner and within established timeframes
  • Ability to establish and maintain collaborative working relationships with all stakeholders


  • Associate’s degree from an accredited institution in the field of Education, or related field
  • OR
  • 60 hours of college/university course work
  • OR
  • Obtain qualifying score to pass the ParaPro Assessment

PLEASE NOTE: For ESE PreK Inclusion Assistants, the following minimum education/experience requirements apply: Statutory Degree and Credentialing Requirements for Head Start Staff ACF-IM-HS-08-12 require CDA (Child Development Associate’s Credential), Associate’s degree, or Bachelor’s degree. If an applicant doesn’t hold an earned Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree, they would need a qualifying score to pass the ParaPro Assessment or 60 college credits earned to satisfy No Child Left Behind requirements in addition to a CDA.


Satisfactory completion required within 6-month period of the following training and/or certification provided by the District:

  • Pediatric First Aid/Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)/Automated External Defibrillator (AED)
  • First Aid
  • Medication administration
  • Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI)
  • In addition, CPR and First Aid training must be completed every two years and CPI training need to be kept current and renewed on an annual basis.


  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution in the field of Education, or related field
  • Experience in like position or with students with disabilities
  • Training in behavior disorders and appropriate interventions




Heavy Work: Exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 50 pounds of force frequently, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to stand, walk, sit, use hands to finger, handle, or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, talk, and hear. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • Proper use and handling of crutches, wheelchairs, standers, and general office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Instructional Assistant (Exceptional Student Education)  ;   EST: October 1, 2002;   REV: October 5, 2021;   Board Approved: October 5, 2021