Middle School Special Education Teacher
Norman Public Schools
Special Education Teacher Job Description
Job Title: Special Education Teacher.
Credentials: Current Oklahoma Certificate as a Special Education Teacher in specific disability.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education.
Reports to: Building administrators.
Contract: 182 days (+ New Teacher Induction week for teachers new to NPS).
FLSA Classification: Exempt.
Essential Job Functions:
• Perform applicable job functions of a Classroom Teacher.
• Initiate/Participate in categorical eligibility meetings as an expert in a category of IDEA-BPL 101-746.
• Ensure that each child has a current IEP (Individual Education Plan) with the required signatures.
• Monitor the implementation of IEPs.
• Review and write IEPs on an annual basis.
• Create and maintain a working special education file in a locked cabinet that contains the following:
- Teacher assessments that cover pre (beginning year) and post (ending year) evaluation of the students’ progress.
- The current IEPs with the required signatures.
- The most recent psychological evaluations.
- Pertinent medical information.
• Provide the building principal with advice on special education issues.
• Provide staff with in-service sessions each year as required by district policies and state/federal regulations.
• Collaborate, consult, schedule, and instruct regular education staff regarding classroom inclusion, intervention, and/or modification techniques.
• Provide for the physical, social, and educational needs of the students’.
• Inform appropriate staff of necessary medical and other information.
• Collaborate, consult, and receive instruction from regular education staff regarding classroom expectations and dynamics.
• Assist the student in taking any prescribed medication(s).
• Lift and/or move non-ambulatory students.
• Diapers and toilets students age three to adult.
• Adapt foods and assist in feeding students.
• Present a professional appearance appropriate to teaching the assignment.
• Display a well-rounded knowledge and understanding of multicultural issues.
• Perform teaching and reporting requirements identified as part of state and federally funded programs.
• Perform other duties as assigned by your supervisor.
- English Language – Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language, including the definition and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
- Mathematics – Knowledge of arithmetic, and basic computations regarding addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using whole numbers, fractions, decimals, and percentages.
- Customer and Personal Services – Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes when a customer needs assessment and meeting the quality standards for services and the evaluation of customer satisfaction.
- Communication Skills: Employees must possess and demonstrate effective communication skills as he/she exchanges information, gives and receives instructions, respond to inquiries, complete forms, and prepares correspondence. Employees must have the ability to write legibly. An employee must also demonstrate an excellent knowledge of grammatical structure, spelling and vocabulary. Employees must communicate in a clear and grammatically correct manner at all times.
- Performance Measures: An employee performs skilled, professional leveled tasks under limited supervision to provide the appropriate teaching strategies and environment for student learning. This includes but is not limited to; developing lesson plans, teaching, evaluating student progress, assigning grades, accomplishing curriculum objectives, meeting with parents and staff to enhance the learning process and growth of the students, utilizing discretion, ingenuity, and independent judgment to meet the challenges of the job. Employees must establish guidelines/syllabus with the appropriate instructional objectives, maintain classroom discipline, encourages learning with effective teaching techniques, and promotes acquisition of skills and knowledge to apply principles, theories, and other learning objectives. Employees must also monitor student progress (grading, feedback, behavior. etc..), provide an environment that encourages independent thinking and demonstrate a care and assistance for students with special concerns or needs.
- Contact with Others: An employee has regular contact with patrons, students, and staff. Employees must; interpret and translate facts and information; explain situations and issues; identify alternative courses of action; and maintain confidentiality of sensitive information.
• Oral Comprehension – The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented to you through spoken words and sentences.
• Oral Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
• Written Comprehension – The ability to read and understand the information and ideas presents in writing.
• Written Expression – The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
• Problem Sensitivity – The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing one is there.
• Speech Clarity – The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
• Speech Recognition – The ability to identify and understand the speech of another person.
• Deductive Reasoning – The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
• Near Vision – The ability to see details at a close range (within a few feet of the observer).
• Mathematical Reasoning – The ability to choose the right mathematical methods or formulas to solve a problem.
• Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates – Providing information to supervisors, co-workers, and subordinates by telephones, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
• Getting Information – Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
• Analyzing Data or Information – Identifying the underlying principles, reasons, or facts of information by breaking down information or data into separate parts.
• Making Decisions and Solving Problems – Analyzing information and evaluation results to choose the best solution and solve the problem.
• Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships – Developing constructive and cooperative working relationships with others, and maintaining them over time.
• Interacting with Computers – Using computers and computer systems (including software and hardware) to program, set up functions, and enter data or process information.
• Updating and Using Relevant Knowledge – Keeping up-to-date technically and applying knowledge to your job.
• Organizing, Planning and Prioritizing Work – Developing specific goals and plan to prioritize, organize, and accomplish your work.
• Processing Information – Compiling, coding, categorizing, calculating, tabulating auditing, or verifying information and data.
• Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards – Using relevant information and individual judgment to determine whether events or processes comply with laws, regulations, or standards.