Job Description / Essential Elements:
The special education preschool teacher develops and conducts individualized education programs for children with autism, ages 3-5 years, under the direction of the Director in a classroom setting of a non-public school.
The incumbent will work with children with autism using identified curriculum and assessment tools to meet the students’ individual needs. Various teaching methodologies will be used to promote learning through a positive programming approach with Applied Behavior Analysis being the primary teaching methodology. Knowledge of methodologies such as TEACCH, PECS, ABLLS, etc are a must.
SUMMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Assess the abilities and needs of students utilizing various assessment tools on an individual basis (DRDP, Brigance, ABLLS, HELP and other tools as appropriate)
- Develop proposed goals and prepare written summary of present levels of performance, define areas of needs and strengths for presentation at Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings..
- Plan for special activities, develop materials and lessons to meet the needs of each student.
- Teach academic subjects and functional self-help skills, using methods and aids to assist in the education and /or rehabilitation process
- Develop/adapt curriculum to make it relevant for each student assigned to his/her classroom
- Observe students to evaluate, record progress, and detect any and all signs of progress and/or regression.
- Work collaboratively with others including parents, DIS providers and agency representatives.
- Promote health and safety concepts and social interaction with all students
- Early Childhood Education Specialist Credential (Special Ed) or Severely Handicapped Special Education Credential (with authorization for at least 3 years old and up) is mandatory.
- A minimum of two years experience working with children/adolescents diagnosed within the autism spectrum.
- Able to pass Department of Justice screens.
- Able to provide proof of negative TB test or chest x-ray.
- Able to read and write the English language.
- Able to legibly record analyze and maintain data.
- Able to maintain composure under stress, take direction, and remain flexible.
- Able to communicate clearly.
- Energetic, HIGHLY organized individual with strong verbal/written communication skills.
- Dedication, patience, tact, flexibility in approach and ability to work collaboratively as a team.
- Ability to successfully manage and train classroom staff.
- Passion for teaching children with disabilities.
- Able to lead by example and motivate others to learn.
- Able to maintain appropriate confidentiality and protect the rights of students at all times.
- Knowledge in Microsoft Office and the Internet.
- This position requires the following physical activities: climbing, bending, stooping, kneeling, twisting, reaching, sitting, standing, walking, lifting, grasping, talking, hearing, and visual acuity, and the ability to lift up to 50 lbs.
- Medical, dental, basic life insurance and AD&D, and 401(k) if working 30 or more hours per week. A portion paid by employer
- Voluntary life insurance, vision, and AFLAC if working 30 or more hours per week
- Paid time off (PTO) if working 30 or more hours per week