Paraprofessional | Program Paraprofessional | Cornerstones Program in Buffalo, MN. | Available: Fall 2023 | Closing: Open until filled


Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative #0938
Position Title: Program Paraprofessional
Assignment Location: Cornerstones, Buffalo
Hours per Day: 7
Schedule: Para: 177 day contract per school calendar
Anticipated Start Date: Immediately
Salary: Placement per the MSEA contract for Paras / COTAs, based on applicable experience

The Special Education Paraprofessional works with students assigned to the special education program or service, under the direction of the licensed staff and performs duties to support the program in general. 
This includes, but is not limited to providing data-driven instructional support, personal care and behavioral assistance to students with special needs. Depending on student needs, responsibilities and duties may involve assisting and guiding students daily living skills, implementing behavior plans and /or monitoring and enforcing appropriate skills in accordance with instructional lesson plans and student Individualized Education Plans (IEP).


  • At least two years of college credits (usually 60 credits in Minnesota)
  • An AA, AS, AAS (or higher) degree)
  • Obtain the PELSB Paraprofessional Credential
  • Passing score of 460 (or higher) on the ParaPro Assessment
  • Passing score of 65% (or higher) for the Instructional Support test and 70% (or higher) for the Knowledge and Application test on the MN Service Cooperatives ParaEducator Proctored Test
    • MAWSECO offers prospective candidates access to online training materials and would proctor the test

Cornerstones is a therapeutic setting IV, multi-school district program located at the Wright Technical Center in Buffalo, MN and managed by MAWSECO. This program serves adolescents, grades 7-12 with emotional and behavioral needs that cannot be met within their home school district. The primary goal of the program is to provide educational support along with social skills training to acquire skills necessary to become independent learners in order to return to their home district as soon as possible.

MAWSECO is an agency of seven-member school districts (Annandale, Dassel-Cokato, Delano, Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted, Litchfield, Maple Lake and Rockford) that have joined together to provide services in the area of special education. The mission of the Cooperative is to provide quality special education leadership, services, and support to its seven-member school districts’ staff, students and families as well as other agencies/districts that purchase its services. The MAWSECO central office is located in Howard Lake, MN which is west of the metro and south of St. Cloud.

Meeker and Wright Special Ed Coop #938 utilizes an online application system. Please visit the site to apply:  
If you have questions or concerns regarding the application process, please contact Elizabeth Sullivan (612) 417-6491 or email at:

Contact Cliff Skagen, Alternative Site Administrator, by phone:

320-212-8212 or by email:

MAWSECO is an equal opportunity employer