Preschool Special Education Teacher/Consultant (Birth to 5)

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Granite School District

Job Title Preschool Special Education Teacher
Department/Location Preschool
Supervisor Director of Preschool
Salary Schedule Teacher Salary Schedule
Lane Placement A-G (based on qualifications)
Contract Length 9 months (190 days)
FTE 1.0
FLSA Classification Exempt
Special Designations External Applicants Only

If you have questions regarding this position please contact Nannette Barnes, Preschool Services Director, at (385) 646-4670 or email

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily, with or without reasonable accommodations.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, training, education, responsibilities, abilities; the machines, tools and equipment used; background; and any licenses or certifications required.  Regular attendance and timeliness is an essential job function to perform the essential duties and responsibilities of the position.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.

Job Summary:

Under the direction of the preschool director, the preschool special education teacher is responsible for creating a positive learning environment where students develop the skills to become critical thinkers, problem solvers, lifelong learners, and productive citizens.  The preschool special education teacher establishs rapport with students, parents, general education staff, and colleagues; motivates students to develop skills, attitudes, and knowledge needed to provide a good foundation for further education, and does so in accordance with each student’s ability.   The preschool special education teacher also differentiates curriculum, implements appropriate accomodations and moifications, and uses effective research-based methods of instruction.

Essential Functions:

  • Teach the core content area(s) outlined in the Utah State Board of Education’s Utah Core Standards for Early Learning.
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and provide individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the child.
  • Plan instruction that involves adapting and modifying curriculum and instruction to accommodate individual student needs.
  • Utilize effective teaching techniques, including explicit teaching, to implement lesson plans as productive student learning experiences which best utilize the time available for instruction.
  • Establish and support standards of student behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom through organization and appropriate discipline strategies.
  • Assess, monitor, and evaluate students’ academic and social growth, progress on IEP goals, and growth in the Utah Core Standards for Early Learning.
  • Create data collection systems, maintain appropriate records, and prepare student progress reports.
  • Maintain file compliance and fulfill other special education compliance requirements.
  • Administer assessments in accordance with state and district testing procedures.
  • Learn and implement the Granite Preschool Services program requirements with fidelity.
  • Be familiar with and willing to implement the Granite Way.
  • Assist in creating/maintaining safe and effective learning environments.
  • Communicate with parents through conferences, telephone calls, e-mails, and other appropriate means, to discuss students’ progress.
  • Communicate and cooperate with other professional staff regarding students’ academic and personal growth areas.
  • Maintain effective working relationships with students, parents, school staff, district staff, and members of the community.
  • Maintain professional competence through professional development activities provided by the Preschool Services Department and self-selected professional growth activities.
  • Participate in appropriate educator evaluation procedures as per district guidelines.
  • Model professional and ethical standards when dealing with students, parents, colleagues, and members of the community as outlined by the Utah Professional Practices Advisory Commission.
  • Understand and adhere to laws, district policies, and procedures.
  • Be a positive role model.

Non-essential Functions:

  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Knowledge and Skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of special education requirements for preschool children including evaluation, eligibility, IEP development, placement, and service delivery in the least restrictive environment.
  • Strong skills in positive behavioral supports, behavior management techniques, and embedding social skills into instruction.
  • Possess strong oral and written communication skills.
  • Strong computer and educational technological skills.
  • Works independently with little direct supervision.
  • Works as part of a team.
  • Accepts responsibility and is self-motivated.
  • Ability to establish and maintain a positive learning environment and handle classroom management issues in a calm manner.
  • Display effective multi-tasking and time management skills

Required Education and Qualifications:


  • Requires a Utah State Board of Education (USBE) cleared criminal background check.
  • Requires one of the following:
    • a valid Professional Educator License issued by the Utah State Board of Education with a Preschool Special Education (Birth to Age 5) License Area of Concentration;
    • an equivalent license in another state;
    • verification of completion of an approved educator preparation program that will result in one of the licenses listed above prior to the date of hire;
    • acceptance into a Utah State Board of Education (USBE) approved Preschool Special Education (Birth to Age 5) licensure program; or
    • a bachelor's degree from a regionally-accredited university and willing to enroll a USBE-approved Preschool Special Education (Birth to Age 5) licensure program within 6 months of hire. 

New program graduates who have not yet received their license may upload a conferral letter from their university program in lieu of their license.  This letter must include the anticipated date of graduation and the specific areas in which the applicant will be licensed.

Individuals that do not hold the Utah Professional Educator license listed above are required to obtain and maintain enrollment in a USBE-approved Preschool Special Education (Birth to Age 5) licensure program.  Failure to do so within the time frame listed above may jeopardize continuing employment with Granite School District.

Please ensure that you have attached the appropriate documentation verifying your eligibilty for the position under this section as part of your application.

Required Prior Experience:

  • Not applicable

Assigned Decision Making:

  • Responsible for making instructional decisions to meet the needs of assigned students.
  • Responsible for leading the IEP team for assigned students.

Non-Supervisory Interaction:

  • Interacts and collaborates with other district employees, parents, students, administrators, and secretaries in schools.

Supervisory Responsibility:

  • Not applicable

Budget Responsibility:

  • Not applicable

Working Environment:

  • Work takes place in typical school environment.
  • Supervision of students requires both indoor and outdoor responsibilities (e.g. recess duty, gymnasium activities, etc.) in all types of weather and air quality.
  • Tasks may involve extended periods of time at a keyboard or workstation.

Physical Demands:
This list of essential and marginal functions and of physical requirements is not exhaustive and may be supplemented in accordance with the requirements of the job.

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to speak and/or hear.
  • The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; reach with hands and arms and stoop, kneel, and crouch.
  • The employee is occasionally required to use hands to handle or feel objects and must occasionally climb or balance.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception.
  • The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds.

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Granite School District

2500 South State Street , Salt Lake City, UT 84115

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