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Special Education Teacher

The Teacher is responsible for delivering to each assigned student a comprehensive academic program that is standards-based, linked IEP goals and objectives, and tailored to the each individual's strengths, needs, grade level, and functioning level. Furthermore, the teacher is responsible for maintaining a structured, therapeutic, and positive educational environment in the context of school-wide policies and procedures.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

1) Post-Secondary Degree
Bachelor's degree

2) Experience and/or Advanced Degree

Either of the following:

Both of the following:
2 years experience teaching children or youth with severe emotional/behavioral challenges, full-time in an academic setting; and
A Masters Degree in Education, Special Education, or Mental Health Field
or

3 years experience teaching children or youth with severe emotional/behavioral challenges, full-time in an academic setting

3) Teaching Authorization/ Credential

3) Both of the following:

California Special Education Teaching Credential (minimum of a 5 year, Preliminary Level I) an the authorized field required for teaching assignment (Examples include Mild/Moderate; Moderate/Severe; Learning Handicapped; Severely Handicapped)

Any additional authorization needed to teach secondary students in all assigned subject areas


OTHER REQUIREMENTS

Specialized Skills
Ability to interact and communicate in a professional and therapeutic manner with adolescents who face serious emotional, behavioral, and educational challenges.
Ability to communicate verbally, and in writing, in a professional manner with other staff from diverse disciplines, as well as families, community members, and professional partners.


Physical Requirements
Ability to physically perform containment, escort, and restraint procedures with assaultive adolescents.
Ability to physically assist in lifting and carrying assaultive adolescents weighing up to 200 lbs.
Ability to visually and auditorally assess adolescent's behavior and needs.

Safety Precautions Required
Demonstrated use of any required crisis response techniques.
Demonstrated use of Universal Precautions.
Demonstrated safe driving record with DMV and attendance at vehicle orientation.


POTENTIAL JOB HAZARDS

Assaultive adolescents
Blood and Body Fluid Contact (Category I)
Operation of company vehicle.


DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Ensures adequate visual and auditory supervision of all assigned students during school hours
Provides clear expectations, feedback and background information to any assigned classroom assistant
Maintains timely written attendance and grade records, as well as any additional assigned educational record-keeping responsibilities
Monitors classroom supplies, and follows school procedures for obtaining needed supplies in a timely manner
Writes and follows lesson/unit plans aligned with educational assessment and school curriculum guidelines, as well as IEP goals and public school texts
Instructs students in all assigned academic subjects, using effective teaching methods and strategies
Routinely observes and tracks students' verbal and non-verbal behavior, based on I.E.P. goals, and is prepared to report any significant changes in behavior, educational performance, and medical or psychiatric condition
Meets with other school and clinical staff regularly to discuss educational and behavioral progress of students
Plans and supervises educational field trips and special events.
Prepared for all IEP meetings with all required documentation and data, as well as draft goals/objectives
Completes report cards, and other required documentation according school guidelines and timelines
Participates in quality assurance and improvement efforts, as assigned by Principal
Participates in all necessary professional development opportunities necessary to maintain fidelity to adopted instructional strategies and care models
Understands and implements all school-adopted behavioral support strategies and systems

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