Essential Supports for Our Classrooms

Chicago Public Schools is now hiring special education classroom assistants (SECAs) and teacher assistants (TAs) for the 2020-2021 school year. These paraprofessionals provide essential and meaningful supports to Chicago kids and teachers, and the job is a great fit for those looking to start a career in youth development or education. Our SECA and TA positions offer full-time employment, a steady paycheck, full healthcare benefits, paid holidays, and more. Year-long classroom placements translate into quality relationships with teachers and students, so you can make a real difference every day.

CPS SECAs play a particularly important role, fulfilling our commitment to provide a high-quality education experience to our diverse learners. Join a winning team making a meaningful difference for Chicago kids.

Watch our explainer video to find out everything you need to know on how to become a SECA or TA in Chicago Public Schools.

Find yourself in a full-time Special Education Classroom Assistant or Teacher Assistant position in CPS in less than 30 days.

Apply for paraprofessional license with Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE)

Order of Events/Timeline:

  • Obtain two official copies of your college transcripts (One for ISBE, one for CPS)
  • Complete ISBE application online ($100 is needed to process your application)

Average time to obtain a license from ISBE once all documents are submitted: 1-2 Weeks

Obtain Your License

Apply Directly to CPS Paraprofessional Opportunities

Order of Events/Timeline:

  • Apply directly to SECA or TA position of your choosing via the CPS taleo job board
  • Apply to the SECA Pool and TA Pool listings on the CPS taleo job board that are shared with Principals every week
  • School administrators review applications and invite candidates to interview

CPS Taleo Job Board

SECA Pool Application

TA Pool Application

Upon Offer of School Position, Complete Onboarding Process

Order of Events/Timeline

  • Complete onboarding tasks within CPS taleo portal
  • Complete fingerprinting request
  • Complete TB test ($20)
  • Complete Drug test ($30)
  • Schedule virtual meeting with CPS staffing services office to go over I-9 eligibility documents

Average time to complete: 1-2 Weeks

Apply directly to substitute paraprofessional positions available

Substitute Special Education Classroom Assistant

Position Information Apply Now

Substitute Teacher Assistant

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It is the policy of the Board to prohibit unlawful discrimination, harassment and retaliation on the basis of any classifications protected by the Constitution of the United States, the Constitution of the State of Illinois and applicable federal, state or local laws or ordinances, including but not limited to discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex (including pregnancy discrimination), gender identity/expression, age, religion, disability, national origin or sexual orientation. Concerns or Inquiries should be made to the Equal Opportunity Compliance Office Administrator at (773) 553-1013.

Inquiries concerning the application of Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 and related regulations concerning sex discrimination also should be referred to the CPS Equal Opportunity Compliance Office (773) 553-1195.

Page Last Modified on Friday, June 26, 2020