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Company: Bastrop Independent School District
Location: Cedar Creek, TX
Career Level: Entry Level
Industries: Government, Nonprofit, Education





Job Title

Teacher Assistant - Special Education, Self Contained

Evaluation Type



Designated Campus

Pay Grade




Date Revised

February 2019






BASIC FUNCTION & RESPONSIBILITY:  Provide for the instructional needs of individual students and/or group of students in a school or under the direction of a certified classroom teacher; and assist with physical needs of students, if required.


CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES: The essential functions, pursuant to the Americans with Disabilities Act, may include the characteristic duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities noted herein; however, this is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions found in this job description.


Instructional Support:
  • Assist teacher with daily classroom activities; prepare/modify activities to meet student needs; assist with independent study or lead small groups; inform teacher of student progress.
  • Teach students life skills, such as personal hygiene, cooking, and laundry.
  • Implement strategies and supports recommended by instructional and related service providers.
  • Support the improvement of instruction.
  • Support and participate in meeting the objectives of the campus/department improvement plan.


Student Support:
  • Assist students with physical/medical needs such as feeding, lifting, toileting, and personal hygiene.  
  • Assist teacher with emotional/behavioral needs of students.
  • Monitor student behavior and maintain classroom discipline as necessary, including intervening in crisis situations and restraining aggressive and/or dangerous student behavior as needed.
  • Foster independence by scaffolding support as directed by the classroom teacher.
  • Communicate with families under the direction of the classroom teacher.
  • Assist campuses in resolving parent/student issues and concerns in a timely manner.
  • Assist in managing student behavior in the classroom and common campus areas in accordance with Student Code of Conduct and student handbook.


Support of Administrative, Fiscal and/or Facilities Functions:
  • Assist teacher with preparation of instructional equipment; ensure specific materials and supplies are ready; maintain safe instructional area; perform clerical duties and operate specialized equipment.
  • Provide assistance to campuses/departments as requested.


Organization Improvement:
  • Work collaboratively to improve programs.



Professional Growth and Development:
  • Participate in professional development that increases effectiveness and improves District performance.


Texas Academic Performance Indicators and Campus Performance Objectives:
  • Support the administration of state-mandated testing at campuses in compliance with state and federal guidelines.
  School/Community Relations:
  • Interact positively with employees and the community to provide needed information and to promote the District in a favorable manner.


Organization Morale:
  • Participate in team building activities and the decision-making process as appropriate.
  • Communicate and collaborate with campus/department staff to enhance service delivery and customer satisfaction.


Other Responsibilities:
  • Comply with policies established by federal and state law, including but not limited to State Board of Education and local Board policy.
  • Perform other job-related duties as assigned.





  • Knowledge of District, campus, and classroom policies and procedures.
  • Knowledge of techniques used in assisting students with special needs.
  • Skill in applying classroom/student discipline management.
  • Skill in coping with a variety of students with emotional and physical needs in stressful situations.
  • Skill in operating specialized medical equipment such as suctions, feeding tubes, lifts, wheelchairs, standers, and special beds.
  • Skill in communicating effectively, both verbally and in writing.
  • Skill in utilizing general instructional strategies.
  • Skill in operating standard computer and software applications.
  • Ability to administer SAMA de-escalation and restraint techniques, First Aid, and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
  • Ability to organize and prioritize work responsibilities.  


ENTRY QUALIFICATIONS: High school diploma or equivalent and six months of related experience.


  • Maintain emotional control under stress.
  • Work with frequent interruptions.
  • Sit, walk, stand, stoop, and bend on a frequent basis, to include pushing wheelchairs, using lifts, ramps, and other specialized medical equipment.
  • Lift, restrain, and move up to 100 pounds.
  • Manage aggressive or dangerous behavior through SAMA de-escalation and physical restraint techniques.
  • Work is performed in both indoor and outdoor environments.
  • Work involves moderate to frequent exposure to bacteria, communicable diseases, unusual elements, such as extreme temperatures, dirt, dust, unpleasant odors, and/or loud noises.
  • Work may involve aggressive, physical contact initiated by students.
  • Work involves constant interpersonal interactions within an educational environment.

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