Special Education Teacher 2021-2022
Must hold a license issued by Virginia Department of Education.
The license must be in one of the following types: Collegiate Professional License, Postgraduate Professional License, Provisional License.
The license position area must be in one of the following areas: Autism, Deaf-Blind, Early Intervention Specialist, Educational Diagnostician, Emotional Behavior Disabilities, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Mild/Moderate Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Severe/Profound Disabilities, Special Education (General), Traumatic Brain Injury, Visual Impairment.
The license status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program.
Teaches/Co-teaches students with disabilities in a variety of settings, as is appropriate for the student. Develops or modifies curricula and prepares lessons and other instructional materials according to ability levels, disabilities, and impairments of students. Utilizes multi-sensory learning and repetition to reinforce learning.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
1. Participates as assigned in the eligibility process before and after a student is determined eligible for special education services, and participates in the intake process. 2. Assesses student abilities as related to desired educational goals, objectives, outcomes, and disability or impairment. 3. Collaborates with other staff and parents to develop an individual educational program (IEP) for each student assigned. 4. Plans appropriate instructional/learning strategies and activities including determination of appropriate kind and level of materials and equipment. 5. Implements an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program which provides appropriate experiences. 6. Participates in and/or chairs IEP and triennial eligibility meetings. 7. Ensures classroom and/or instructional environment are attractive, healthy, safe, and conducive to learning, and that materials are accessible to students. 8. Manages student behavior and ensures the instructional setting is conducive to the learning process, and assists and participates in the management of student behavior in other parts of the school, center, school grounds, or work site. 9. Coordinates educational activities, as required, with other professional staff, both school and non-school based, to maximize learning opportunities. 10. Communicates with students on expectations and keep them informed of their progress in meeting those expectations. 11. Assesses, continuously, student achievement through the use of formal and informal testing and maintains appropriate assessment and evaluation documentation for institutional and individual reporting purposes. 12. Utilizes a variety of instructional materials and available multimedia and technology to enhance learning. 13. Requests assistance of and works with school and non-school based resource personnel, as needed. 14. Participates in staff development activities and staff meetings as required or assigned. 15. Ensures continuous communication with parents, both written or oral, to keep them informed of their child’s progress. 16. Supervises teaching assistants and parent volunteers. 17. Makes off-site visits as required to monitor students, confer with employers, or site instructors. 18 Serves as a home resource teacher and works with preschool impaired/student with disabilities and parents, if assigned. 19. Provides or supervises care and feeding of students who, because of age or disability, do not have feeding and self-help skills or abilities, if assigned. 20. Performs other duties as required.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
1. Good knowledge of procedures, practices, materials, and equipment required to provide appropriate learning experiences for assigned students. 2. Ability to assess needs, develop and implement an IEP, and evaluate outcomes in the area of assignment. 3. Ability to coordinate activities with other appropriate staff. 4. Ability to develop and maintain the required records and reports. 5. Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing. 6. Excellent organizational, planning, and human relations skills. 7. Good knowledge of the nature and effects of the impairments and disabilities of the assigned students. 8. Proficiency in sign language when working with hearing-impaired students.