JobID 2001 : Teacher - Special Education - Moderate Needs (#2030508)

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Special Education Teacher - Moderate Need
Montrose High School
Salary Schedule: Teacher
Work calendar: 178 Day Contract
School Year:  2020-2021

Under direction, to teach and instruct special needs pupils in multiple grade levels in academic, social, behavioral, and other educational skill areas; to plan, develop, organize, and conduct a comprehensive educational and remedial program for special needs pupils; to assist pupils in making an appropriate adjustment to a mainstreamed educational process, requiring an increased level of independence; and to do other related functions as required.


This position classification requires subject matter expertise commonly associated with teaching and instruction knowledge and skills. Responsible and directly related teaching and instruction experience is required to perform specialized teaching of special needs pupils, and problem analysis using prescribed principles, methods and concepts. The position classification performs decision analysis and makes decisions of considerable consequence, in determining how best to instruct pupils. The functional role of this position classification requires the application and interpretation of data, facts, procedures, and policies. The incumbent meets frequently with school administrators, teachers, internal staff and members of the community to communicate information, data, and alternative problem solutions. This a sedentary position classification and performs light work that involves being sedentary a good portion of the time, but does require moving for extended periods. This position requires accurate perceiving of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, handling and working with materials and objects, and providing oral information.Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

•Teach and instruct special needs pupils in subject matter areas such as reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, art, physical education, and music.
•Adapt an adopted course of study, program instruction guideli¬nes, and instructional materials in meeting the educational needs of special needs pupils.
•Utilize a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing pupils, including remedial instruction, demonstration, and activity participation.
•Instruct students in citizenship and in the development of social skills.
•Prepare, develop, and utilize a variety of instructional materials and aids appropriate to the instructional level of pupils with a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional maturity.
•Review, analyze, and evaluate the history, background, and assessment of pupils in designing an educational program to meet individual educational needs.
•Individualize instructional processes and adapts program activities to enhance pupil educational opportunities.
•Provide individual and group instruction in order to properly motivate pupils, and to effectively utilize the time available for instruction.
•Establishe and maintain standards of student behavior utilizing behavior management strategies and techniques, including behavior modification, reinforce-ment, and other positive behavior shaping processes.
•Review, analyze, and evaluate pupil academic and social growth.
•Record and report appropriate analyses and perceptions of pupil progress.
•Administer, score, and record the results of criterion referenced, group standardized and specialized tests in evaluating pupil growth and progress.
•Counsel, confer, and communicate with parents, school and District personnel regarding pupil progress, and in the interpretation of the educational program.
•Work cooperatively with the IEP Team in assessing pupil needs and learning deficie¬ncies, and develop alternative solutions to remediate pupil learning problems.
•Plan, create, and maintain an effective learning environment through the utilization of functional and aesthetically conceived displays, exhibits, bulletin boards, interest, learning and activity centers.
•Select and requisition appropriate educational supplies, materials, books, equipment, and learning aids.
•Establish and maintain a suitable room environment through the proper control of heating, lighting, and ventilation.
•Perform a variety of non-instruc¬tional duties, including curriculum and instructional development activities, student supervision, and advisory and consultation activities.

Knowledge of: Principles, theories, methods, techniques, and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction of special needs pupils; Child growth and development and behavior characteristics of children experiencing educational and social dysfunctions; Educational curriculum and instructional goals and objectives, and the educational trends and research findings pertaining to the special needs child;
Behavior management and behavior shaping strategies, techniques and methods, and conflict resolution procedures; Socio-economic and cultural background differences of the school population.
Ability to: Plan, organize, develop, and conduct a comprehensive teaching and instruction program for special needs pupils; Provide effective learning experiences for pupils from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying mental, social and emotional levels; Effectively assist in the assessment of the educational needs of educational special needs pupils, and the design, development, and implementation of individualized educ¬ational plans; Provide an attractive, inviting, and stimulating learning environment; Perform research and development activities pertaining to curriculum and instruction programs, pilot projects, and innovative programs designed to enhance pupil educational opportunities and experiences for special needs pupils.

EXPERIENCE AND EDUCATION Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Experience: Successful completion of student teaching at a recognized college or university or two years of full time classroom teaching experience with the special needs child.
Education: Possession of an earned Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in special education, instructional technology, a subject matter field commonly taught in the elementary grades, or closely related field.
Certification Requirement
Possession of a licensure from the Colorado Department of Education authorizing service as a teacher of special needs pupils. 

This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by this employee. He or she will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other duties requested by his or her supervisor.


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Montrose County School District Re-1J

Compare with State

Amount per Student

$8,318 (USD)

State Average: $10,278 (USD)

% ELL Students


State Average: 12%

Student Teacher Ratio


State Average: 17.36

% IEP Students

State Average: 11%



State Average: 415