The school Special Education Teacher is responsible for maintaining a learning environment conducive to educating persons with Autism and related developmental disabilities. The Special Education Teacher is also responsible for supervising an assigned staff of classroom Instructional Specialists.
The essential functions and duties of a Special Education Teacher are as follows:
- Teaching Requirements-the first aspect of this role is to provide assigned students with an individualized education to support their growth and improve their quality of life.
o Planning Instruction & Designing Learning Experiences – has lesson materials ready at the start of each instruction day, reviews instruction plans with classroom teams, bases classroom lesson schedule on individual student goals, properly manages short and long term plans for classroom, and incorporates SLP & OT methodologies.
o Organizing & Understanding Subject Matter for Student Learning- demonstrates knowledge of functional academic, vocational, and self-help instruction, is able to teach information to students in small amounts at a time, plans with teams for student transitions, follows an established curriculum, and understands what potential skills are needed for student transitions.
o Creating & Maintaining Effective Environments for Student Learning- adheres to the IIPP and seizure protocols, utilizes visual support systems, creates a variety of student goal work material, uses a range of instructional materials and settings, and maintains a clean and organized learning space.
o Engaging & Supporting all Students in the Learning- structures and adapts resources to support individual learning needs, aligns community based instruction to match student needs, utilizes a range on instructional strategies, utilizes a variety of appropriate affect-based mechanisms, and incorporates opportunities for generalization of learned skills.
o Assessing Student Learning- write thorough progress reports on a quarterly basis for all students, writes IEPs and leads IEP team meetings for all students, maintains current data in blue books, utilizes digital photos and videos to capture student progress, and utilizes assessment data to inform instruction.
o Managing Student Behavior- knows and implements HWC, knows all student behavior plans, utilizes a variety of positive behavior support techniques, reviews behavior data with classroom teams, and designs updated behavior plans to meet student needs.
- Management Requirements – the second aspect of the role is to supervise, educate and mentor the assigned instructional specialists in developing the appropriate learned knowledge as well as the appropriate behavioral intervention skills required to effectively support the education of the students.
o Instructional Specialist Supervisor – Provide training and support to best develop the methods of the classroom Instructional Specialists. Routinely monitor classroom interaction and style.
o Conflict Resolution – Ensure that all subordinate conflicts or disagreements affecting the operations of the school are managed in an appropriate fashion with directive authority where necessary to close the issue. Include the HR department in a timely manner when appropriate.
o Develop as a Professional Educator – Is reliable in completing assignments within established time limits, consistently attends meetings on time and participates in them, communicates in a prompt & professional manner, coordinates with all PACE personnel, and implements recommended changes.
o Develop Professional Leadership Capacity – effectively supervises classroom support staff, takes responsibility for developing staff skills through the quarterly evaluation process, delivers well-designed presentations, problem solves to find solutions within the team, and manages professional obligations to maintain motivation.
Knowledge, Skill and Experience
The Special Education Teacher must possess the following minimum requirements for consideration in this position:
- Education – Bachelors degree with a certified L1 teaching credential in moderate-severe special education is a minimum. Masters in special education with an L2 credential in moderate-severe special education is preferred. Competency in English writing and verbal communication (i.e. writing notification summaries and communicating with parents)
- Experience – a minimum of 5 years experience in special education teaching is highly preferred.
- First Aid – Posses a valid first aid certificate from California and maintain this certificate in good standing.
- Medical – Must have a clear physical health and TB test prior to employment and routinely during employment as required.
- Clearance – Must possess and maintain a clear DOJ, FBI and CAI (Child) clearance prior to and during employment.
Authority and Financial Responsibility
The Special Education Teacher has the following key management responsibilities and financial oversight.
- Instructional Specialist – Primary responsibility will be in building the quality of the assigned classroom instructional specialist and supervising their work.
- Classroom Budget – Ensure that a monthly budget is set for classroom spending and that all expenditures are documented in the appropriate location.
The Special Education Teacher must be able to comply and adhere to the following physical requirements.
- Pushing, Pulling and Lifting – The individual must be able to lift and or push at least 45lbs.
- Twisting and Turning – Due to the high activity of the program this position requires the individual to be able to physically bend, squat, reach over shoulders, reach over head, reach outward, kneel, sit, walk on normal, slippery, or uneven surfaces and stand.
- Student Restraint – The Special Education Teacher must be able to properly demonstrate and implement all Handle with Care Procedures when needed.
- Driving – The Special Education Teacher must be comfortable in driving passenger size automatic transmission vans.
- Office Work – This position requires that the Special Education Teacher be able to conduct the following office work: Keyboard, Handling, Repetitive Motion of Hands and Feet.
- Must have the ability to work independently and in cooperation with others.
- Must enjoy working with and relating to people effectively.
- Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
The Special Education Teacher’s job performance will be measured by his/her effectiveness in maintaining an organized and engaging atmosphere for student learning as well as his/her ability to manage a staff of Instructional Specialists.
- Teacher Evaluation – Annual reviews will be held to determine effectiveness in categories aligned with the California State Teacher’s Standards.
- Staff Evaluations –Semiannual reviews of the assigned Instructional Specialists will be held to determine effectiveness in their growth of skills.
The above statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, skills required of personnel so classified.
The incumbent must be able to work in a fast-paced environment with demonstrated ability to juggle and prioritize multiple, competing tasks and demands and to seek supervisory assistance as appropriate.
Incumbents within this position may be required to assist or find appropriate assistance to make accommodations for disabled individuals in order to ensure access to the organization’s services (may include: visitors, employees, or others).