Paraprofessional | Program Paraprofessional | Journeys Program in Howard Lake, MN. | Available: Immediately


Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative #0938
Position Title: Program Paraprofessional
Assignment Location: Journeys Program in Howard Lake
Hours per Day: 7
Schedule: Para: 179 day contract per school calendar
Anticipated Start Date: Immediately
Salary: Placement per the MSEA contract for Paras / COTAs, based on applicable experience
*Up to $2,500 hiring incentive*

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).


  • High school degree, GED, or equivalent experience; and
  • Holds one of the following to meet the Highly Qualified Paraprofessional requirement or will obtain within the probationary period:
    • 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 Minnesota Service Cooperatives ParaEducator Proctored Test 
      *MAWSECO offers prospective candidates access to online training materials and would proctor the test*

The Journeys program is located at the MAWSECO Education Center in Howard Lake and serves children with behavioral needs in grades K-4. It is a multi-district program and is managed by Meeker & Wright Special Education Cooperative. Journeys serves young students with behavioral needs that cannot be met within their home school district. Students receive academic classes, social, and life skills which are individualized to foster learning and successful interactions with peers and adults. Students are recommended for these services by their IEP team and with the approval of district administration. The students reintegrate, as appropriate, back to their home school as recommended by the IEP team.

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 Jill Sundblad, Assistant Director of Alternative Programs phone (320) 543-1122 ext. 2128 or email at: 

MAWSECO is an equal opportunity employer