Professional Development for Paraprofessionals

Date of Award

Summer 7-27-2021

Document Type

Project (696 or 796 registration)

Degree Name

Master of Science in Special Education


Graduate Studies

Committee Chair

Marci Glessner


Training, Supervision, Collaboration


Collaboration between paraprofessionals and teachers, both general education and special education, in a school setting creates better learning spaces for students and helps to meet their needs (Cipriano 2016). The different expectations of the role of paraprofessionals are to work one-on-one with students, work with small groups, modify materials, collect data, provide personal care assistance, enforce behavior plans, meet with teachers, and supervise students (Carter 2009). This project consisted of a review of the literature of the varying roles of paraprofessionals as well as a professional development presentation intended for paraprofessionals. It examined roles and effective measures for paraprofessionals as they work with students receiving special education services. Specifically, it included a discussion of their responsibilities, roles, professionalism in the school setting, and collaboration with teachers.

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