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Special Education Instructional Assistant

Instructional aides (IA’s) for Special Education are in demand in San Diego County. IA’s deliver direct services to students and assist teachers with educational programs and services.  Becoming an IA makes you a “para-educator” and can lead to advanced careers as an educator. This class will teach you the terminology, strategies, and theories in special education including: a brief history of special education, understanding the IEP, curriculum strategies, behavioral strategies and the 13 disability categories.

Taking this course does not guarantee a job with the Poway Unified School District (PUSD). However, New Instructional Aides (IA’s) who are hired by PUSD within a certain time frame may qualify for tuition reimbursement of this course once they are hired. Current PUSD IA’s are encouraged to see their PSEA member resources reimbursement specifications.

The Poway Unified School District (PUSD) is an equal opportunity employer/program and is committed to an active Nondiscrimination Program. PUSD prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, nationality, immigration status, ethnicity, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression or association with a person or a group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. For more information, please contact: Title IX/Equity Compliance Officer, James Jimenez, Associate Superintendent of Personnel Support Services, Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128, 1-858-521-2800, extension 2761, For students, you may contact Title IX Coordinator/ 504 Coordinator, Jamie Dayhoff, Director of Attendance and Discipline, Poway Unified School District, 1-858-521-2840,

Poway Unified School District, 15250 Avenue of Science, San Diego, CA 92128-3406