SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER'S (Elementary)
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.
The license position area must be in one of the following areas: Autism, Deaf-Blind, Educational Diagnostician, Hearing Impairment, Intellectual Disabilities, Learning Disabilities, Physical Disabilities, Severe/Profound Disabilities, Traumatic Brain Injury.
The license must be in one of the following grades: 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th.
The license status must be active or about to graduate from a state-approved teacher preparation program.
TITLE: SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER - EXCEPTIONAL LEARNER'S (Elementary)
PRIMARY FUNCTION The job of Teacher, Special Education - Exceptional Learner's provides instruction, assessment and program planning for special education students with a primary disability of autism, limited cognitive abilities, moderate to severe and/or multiple disabilities; serious emotional disturbances; monitoring and evaluating student progress and behavior; researching, obtaining and providing instructional materials for special education services; serving as a resource for students, parents, general education teachers, within a inclusion program or a self- contained classroom setting.
QUALIFICATIONS 1. Collegiate Professional Certificate with a Special Education endorsement for Adapted Curriculum. 2. Knowledge of medical aspects of students with disabilities and their implications for instruction. 3. Knowledge of resources and techniques needed to integrate special education students into the least restrictive environment.
ESSENTIAL TASKS • Develops short/long-range goals for the student’s individualized education program (IEP). • Administers developmental testing programs, objective specific assessments, etc. for the purpose of assessing student competency levels and/or developing individual learning plans; and annual review and update of short-term objectives. • Performs assessment for the purpose of screening, evaluating and identifying students for placement in the division’s special education program(s). • Administers, under supervision, first aid and assistance to medically fragile children (e.g. tube feeding, toileting, diapering, etc.) for the purpose of providing appropriate care for children as • Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress for the purpose of communicating expectations; student's achievements; developing methods for improvement and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home • Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals (e.g. behavioral, motor development and communication skills, academic needs, vocational abilities,) for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents and administration. • Collaborates with instructional staff, other school personnel, parents and a variety of community resources for the purpose of improving the overall quality of student outcomes and achieving established classroom objectives in support of the school improvement plan. • Works cooperatively with classroom teachers who have MD students in regular classes by interpreting the abilities and disabilities of these students and to assist students with regular class assignments. • Demonstrates methods required to implement an effective program that addresses individual student requirements and meets educational goals and objectives. • Directs instructional assistants, volunteers and other service providers for the purpose of providing an effective classroom program and addressing the needs of individual • Monitors students’ behavior/activities in a variety of educational environments (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning • Participates in and/or coordinates a variety of meetings (IEP) for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform • Prepares a variety of written materials (e.g. attendance, progress indicators, anecdotal records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting student progress and meeting mandated • Maintain ongoing records of student performance in order to evaluate progress. • Reports incidents for the purpose of maintaining personal safety of students, providing a positive learning environment and adhering to school • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for • Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (e.g. other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or • The work of the teacher results in acceptable, measureable, and appropriate student academic progress. • Performs other related duties, as assigned, by the principal and Director of Student Services for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective implementation of a special education program.
JOB REQUIREMENTS: Minimum Qualifications
SKILLS are required to perform multiple, highly complex, technical tasks with a need to occasionally upgrade skills in order to meet changing job conditions. Specific skill-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: applying assessment instruments; basic technology skills, using pertinent software applications; and preparing and maintaining accurate records. KNOWLEDGE is required to read and interpret technical information, compose a variety of documents, facilitate group discussions, and analyze situations to define issues and draw conclusions. Specific knowledge-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: appropriate codes, policies, regulations and/or laws; age appropriate activities; lesson plan requirements; stages of child development, behavioral management strategies, and special education program requirements and processes.
ABILITY is required to schedule a number of activities, meetings, and/or events; gather, collate, and/or classify data; and consider a number of factors when using equipment. Flexibility is required to independently work with others in a wide variety of circumstances; work with data utilizing defined but different processes; and operate equipment using standardized methods. Ability is also required to work with a significant diversity of individuals and/or groups; work with a variety of data; and utilize job-related equipment. Problem solving is required to analyze issues and create action plans. Problem solving with data frequently requires independent interpretation of guidelines; and problem solving with equipment is limited to moderate. Specific ability-based competencies required to satisfactorily perform the functions of the job include: establishing and maintaining constructive relationships; adapting to changing work priorities; maintaining confidentiality; exhibiting tact and patience; and working flexible hours.
RESPONSIBILITY Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; leading, guiding, and/or coordinating others. Utilization of resources allocated to the program. There is a continual opportunity to significantly impact special education services.
PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: significant lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling; significant stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling; and significant fine finger dexterity. Generally the job requires 25% sitting, 10% walking, and 65% standing. REPORTS TO: Building Principal / Director of Student Services
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: 200-day contract. Salary and work year to be established by the Board.
SALARY RANGE: $41,100 - $62,373 (Master’s Degree Additive $2,643)
EVALUATION: Performance of this job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the Board’s policy on Evaluation of Professional Personnel.
APPLICATION PROCEDURES: * Please apply online at www.waynesboro.k12.va.us Applicants are accepted and considered without regard to race, sex, national origin, political affiliation, disability, age, or religious belief.