Special Education Teacher

Clarke County School District (GA) | Athens, GA

Posted Date 2/24/2020

Overall Purpose

The job of Teacher - Special Education is done for the purpose/s of providing support to the instructional process by serving as a teacher with specific responsibility for developing special education students' success in academics, interpersonal skills, and activities of daily living; supervising students within the classroom and other assigned areas; developing lesson plans and delivering group and individual student instruction within established curricular guidelines; collaborating with other teachers, other professional staff, and administrators in addressing instructional and/or classroom issues; and responding to a wide range of inquiries from students' parents or guardians regarding instructional program and student progress.

Direct Supervisor

Building Principal

Essential Functions

• Ensures classroom work addresses individualized learning plans within established lesson plans.

  • Administers developmental testing programs, subject specific assessments, etc. for the purpose of assessing student competency levels and/or developing individual learning plans.
  • Administers, under supervision, first aid, and assistance to medically fragile children (tube feeding, toileting, diapering, etc.) for the purpose of providing appropriate care for children as assigned.

• Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student progress for the purpose of communicating expectations, student's achievements and identifying IEP Goals, developing methods for improvement, and/or reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.

• Assesses student progress towards objectives, expectations, and/or goals, especially IEP goals (behavioral, motor development and communication skills, academic needs, vocational abilities, etc.) for the purpose of providing feedback to students, parents, and administration.

• Collaborates with instructional staff, other school personnel, parents, and a variety of stakeholders in the community. for the purpose of improving the overall quality of student outcomes and achieving established classroom objectives in support of the school improvement plan.

• Counsels students for the purpose of improving performance, general wellbeing, problem solving techniques, and a variety of personal issues.

  • Demonstrates methods required to perform classroom and/or subject specific assignments for the purpose of providing an effective program that addresses individual student IEP goals.
  • Guides assistant teachers, student teachers, instructional assistants, volunteers, and/or student workers for the purpose of providing an effective classroom program and addressing the needs of individual students.

• Instructs students for the purpose of improving their success in academic, interpersonal, and daily living skills through a defined course of study.

• Manages student behavior (complete FBA, implement BIP, progress monitor, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and optimal learning environment.

  • Monitors students in a variety of educational environments (classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment.
  • Participates in a variety of meetings for the purpose of conveying and/or gathering information required to perform functions.

• Prepares a variety of written materials (grades, attendance, anecdotal records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting student progress through IEP goals and meeting mandated requirements.

• Reports suspected child or substance abuse to assigned site administrator for the purpose of maintaining students' personal safety, a positive learning environment, and adhering to regulatory requirements and established guidelines.

• Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution.

• Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources (other teachers, parents, administrators, etc.) for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information, and/or direction.

• Collaborates with classroom teachers for the purpose of implementing individualized education plans. Marginal Functions

• Performs other related duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.


• Skills-based Competencies 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; operating standard office equipment including pertinent software applications; preparing and maintaining accurate records; adhering to safety practices and procedures; administering first aid; analyzing data; applying physical restraint practices; planning and managing projects; promoting activities and/or events; and using curriculum and instructional techniques.

• Knowledge-based Competencies Required to perform algebra and/or geometry; read technical information, compose a variety of documents, and/or 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; assessment instruments and techniques; classroom instructional media and technology; cultural differences of student population; current and emerging curricula; health standards and hazards; job-related codes/laws/rules/regulations/policies; community resources; methods of instruction and training; office equipment and technology; school safety and security practices; school safety and security practices.

• Ability-based Competencies Required to schedule a significant number of activities, meetings, and/or events; often gather, collate, and/or classify data; and consider a number of factors when using equipment. Flexibility is required to 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 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 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; working flexible hours.; communicating with persons of diverse backgrounds; dealing with frequent interruptions; meeting deadlines and schedules; organizing tasks; setting priorities; working as part of a team; working extended hours; and working with detailed information/data; working with frequent interruptions.


Bachelor’s degree

Georgia certification in Special Education

Physical Requirements

The usual and customary methods of performing the job's functions require the following physical demands: occasional lifting, carrying, pushing, and/or pulling, frequent stooping, kneeling, crouching, and/or crawling and significant fine finger dexterity.

Generally the job requires 20% sitting, 40% walking, and 40% standing.

Continuing Education/Training

Maintains all licenses and certifications


Criminal Justice Fingerprint

Background Clearance

Fair Labor Standards Act


Salary $37,514.42 - $81,405.53 / Per Year

Employment Type
Full time
Education | Teaching
Special Education

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