Job Description / Essential Elements:
Under the direction of the Principal and the Director of Special Education, teach children with various disabling conditions.
• Deliver a daily academic program to pupils in a special class on a regular school campus.
• Develop individual and group behavior management programs.
• Develop and implement individualized educational programs in cooperation with parents and other team members.
• Plan and implement appropriate integration experiences for pupils.
• Provide individualized instruction in appropriate areas of pre-academics/academics, language, self-help, motor, pre-vocational, and socialization skills as appropriate.
• Collaborate, as needed, with other professionals involved in the program for the child with disabilities, such as Occupational Therapists, Physical Therapists, Speech Therapists, Psychologists, and regular classroom teachers.
• Communicate with parents.
• Assess, create, adapt and apply learning methods and materials to meet needs of the children.
• Train and guide Special Education Assistants assigned to the program.
• Participate as a member of the IEP Team in assessing and planning activities for pupils enrolled in the program.
• Assess student’s progress toward meeting IEP goals annually, using District-approved assessment tools.
• Perform related duties as assigned.
Knowledge and Abilities:
• Principals, theories, practices, methods and techniques used in curriculum development and classroom instruction.
• Classroom procedures and appropriate student conduct.
• Child guidance principles and practices related to students with special education needs.
• Problems and concerns of students with special needs.
• Curriculum and lesson plan development to meet IEP goals.
• Equipment operation related to special education programs.
• Terminology involved in special education programs.
• Principles of training and providing work direction.
• Interpersonal skills using tact, patience and courtesy.
• Applicable sections of the State Education Code and other applicable laws.
• Research methods and report writing techniques.
• Basic computer operation.
• Must be able to bend, stoop, reach, lift, and stand for prolonged periods; see to read fine print and for close vision, distance vision, and depth perception; use hands and fingers to perform tasks; speak clearly and hear well enough to communicate effectively.
• The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.
• First aid and CPR.
• IEP process.
• Behavior modification techniques.
• Student and parent rights with respect to special education programs.
• Perform specialized physical health care procedures to assist high risk students.
• Instruct special education students in individualized tasks to achieve IEP goals.
• Understand and relate to children with special needs.
• Operate and demonstrate the use of materials and equipment.
• Monitor and evaluate student progress.
• Train and provide work direction to others.
• Establish and maintain cooperative and effective working relationships with others.
• Maintain records and prepare reports.
• Compile and verify data and prepare reports.
• Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restrictions.
• Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action.
• Work independently with little direction.
• Meet schedules and time lines.
• Communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
• Assist children with mobility.
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters which performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
• Classroom, office, and outdoor work environment.
• The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
• Exposure to students who may become hostile or disorderly and who exhibit physical aggressions.