Become a PPS Para-educator!

What is a Para-educator?

A Special Education Para-educator supports the instructional program developed and directed by Special Education teachers and/or specialists for students with developmental and educational disabilities from birth through age 21.

Click here for a video as a PPS para-educator.

What will I do?

Para-educators help students in the classroom, school district learning environments, work-sites, and community-based settings. As a para-educator substitute you will:

  • Assist special-needs students in becoming productive in their learning environment.
  • Support teachers and families in developing students’ skills and strengths needed to be successful.

Why should I become a Para-educator substitute?

  • Gain work experience in a urban school district
  • Work with diverse groups of students
  • Learn about the variety of schools and programs offered at Portland Public Schools

What are the main qualifications?

  • High school diploma or GED
  • 2 years of college
  • Experience with children and/or special needs
  • Good communication skills
  • First Aid and CPR certification, or ability to obtain

How do I get started?

Applying is easy. Here are ways to apply:
Follow the classified employment process, if you don’t have access to a computer, come to the Human Resources office and at 501 N. Dixon and we have one you can use.

Call Human Resources at 503-916-3544 and we can help you get started.