Preschool Special Education Teaching Assistant

Job | Posted 2 months ago


This position is in our integrated preschool classroom working with students between the ages and 3 and 5 with and without disabilities.

The Teaching Assistant (TA) supports all students and assists the respectively-licensed educator in the delivery of preschool curricula. The TA supports classroom learners including students in special education programs. TAs are trained and supported by classroom teachers, school administrators, and support staff. Responsiblities include: 

  • Provides academic, behavioral and/ or emotional support for students during the day.

  • Prepares instructional material for students.

  • Assists with any special area classes.

  • Assists with the management of individual student and classroom behavior.

  • Participates and completes mandatory and elective professional development opportunities.

  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

Education and Experience:

Requires a high school diploma or equivalent. Advanced degree with 1-3 years of previous TA experience is a plus.

The successful candidate will work in a substantially separate preschool classroom and have experience and/or interest in working with students with special needs.

Physical Requirements: 

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. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Regularly required to sit (including sitting on the floor or other hard surface), stand, walk, kneel, talk, hear, operate a computer, handheld learning devices and other office equipment, reach with hands and arms, work indoors or outdoors, and must occasionally lift and/or move up to 10 pounds. Occasionally may need to assist students with standing, sitting, organizational functions or other related general physical tasks.

Salary and Benefits:  

The anticipated starting salary range for School Year 2019-2020 is $17.21/hour to $22.25/hour, with possible movement to the top step of $23.09/hour. Teaching Assistants are paid 10 holidays and an additional 7.5 vacation days over school vacations. Those working more than twenty (20) hours per week qualify for medical, dental and ife insurance, as well as membership in the Town's pension system. Candidates are encouraged to review the working conditions, wages and benefits in the Unit C collective bargaining agreement. More information on available benefits may be found on the Town's website

The Needham Public Schools does not discriminate against students, parents, employees or the general public on the basis of race, color, sex, homeless status, gender identity, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, disability or age. In addition to the protected classes identified and in regard to employment practices, the Needham Public Schools also does not discriminate based on genetic information, ancestry or status as a veteran.


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Needham Public Schools

1330 Highland Ave., Needham, MA 02492
Compare with State

Amount per Student


State Average: $17,439

% ELL Students


State Average: 9%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 13.39

% IEP Students


State Average: 17%



State Average: 296