Website M19supt Mascoutah CUSD 19

Position Title: Instructional Aide

Job ID 1046– Apply through applitrack link found on MCUSD 19 Vacancies Page
Department: Educational Support Personnel
Reports to: Principal/Special Education Department
FLSA Class: Non-Exempt
Days: 177 during the 2024-2025 school year
Rate of Pay: $16.25-21.05 (Based on experience) and board paid IMRF


The job goal is to improve the quality of services provided to students and act as a student advocate by  assisting the teacher in implementing all aspects of the educational program, to assist with students to meet  goals.  The instructional aide takes no independent actions, but has some decision-making authority limited and regulated by board policy and state law.  This also applies to those instructional aides who may hold degrees or certificates.


  • Instructional aides assist teachers in presenting lessons that demonstrate an understanding and use of a variety of instructional strategies, questioning techniques, and resources that promote student learning and encourage students’ development of basic skills, critical thinking, and problem solving.  Discussions engage students and relate background.
    • Assist students with academic tasks
    • Assist students in completion of  classroom assignments
    • Assist the teacher in assuring that individual student goals are met
  • Instructional aides use an understanding of individuals and group motivation and behavior to create an environment that encourages social interaction, active engagement in learning, and self-motivation.  The instructional aide assists the teacher in managing the classroom efficiently and effectively. The instructional aide fosters a positive, supportive classroom atmosphere and assists students in using time productively.
    • Establish rapport with students and teachers in the classroom to promote a positive learning environment
    • Assist students with organizational tasks
    • Assists in creating a safe classroom environment focused on learning
    • Help to maintain discipline and assist with individual student behavior management under the direction of the certified staff
    • Effectively assist students with transitions
    • Assist classroom teacher in maintaining classroom materials
  • Instructional aides understand the role of communication in education and develop and maintain collaborative relationships with colleagues.  The instructional aide is expected to maintain standards of professional conduct, grow professionally, and meet policy requirements.
    • Respect student and staff confidentiality
    • Work collaboratively with the team to assure student success
    • Adhere to directives of certified staff and/or administration
    • Adhere to appropriate communication channels with pupils, parents, and community
    • Participate in professional development activities
    • Abide by all applicable laws and comply with all policies and procedures of Mascoutah CUSD #19
  • The instructional aide understands their role goes beyond instruction in the classroom setting.
  • The instructional aide is expected to assist with clerical duties and supervisory duties as needed.
    • Track and record student data
    • Assist teacher in completion of progress monitoring and data input
    • Prepare teaching materials
    • Grading as requested in collaboration with the certified teacher
    • Fulfill other duties as assigned



Must hold a valid IL paraprofessional license.
Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution of higher education; completed 60 semester hours of college credit at a regionally accredited institution of higher education; HS Diploma or GED and a score of 460 or higher on the ETS Parapro; or HS Diploma or GED and passing scores on the ACT Workkeys.
Must be at least 19 years of age.
Must have excellent oral and written communication skills to work with teachers, education support personnel, building administrators, and the general public.
Enforce school regulations and policies in a professional manner.
Ability to maintain good working relationships with fellow employees and pupils.
Must be able to lift and carry up to 50 lbs.
Requires employee to have the ability to push/pull up to 10 lbs.
Must be detailed oriented.


Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
Ability to establish and maintain cooperative working relationships with others contacted in the course of work.
Successful experience working with children at risk.
Demonstrate the ability to apply a variety of instructional techniques.
Demonstrate the ability to adjust or accommodate lessons for students with varying need.
Demonstrate the ability to complete assigned tasks/duties with minimal supervision.
Demonstrate the ability to respond to feedback in a professional manner.
Demonstrate appropriate interaction with students treating them with dignity and respect.
Demonstrate knowledge of school policies and provide supervision of students as assigned by building administration.


The physical demands described below 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.

The usual and customary methods of performing the job’s functions require the following physical demands: some lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; some stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires reasonable duration of sitting, walking, and standing. The job is performed under a generally hazard free environment. The employee would be expected to maintain emotional control under stress.


The building administrator in cooperation with special education administrators are directly responsible for the administration of the evaluation system and will incorporate input from the assigned teacher(s). An evaluation report will be completed at least two times during the first year of employment and annually thereafter.  The evaluation will include an observation and a conference with the employee to discuss the written evaluation.

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