Teacher Specialist - Special Education Programs
- Full Time
Is this position exempt from overtime pay?
Assists teachers, principals, directors, and other school - based staff and Central Office personnel in the planning, delivery, and evaluation of special education services for students with disabilities who may also exhibit challenging behavior. Examples of disabilities include, but are not limited to: autism or high functioning autism, intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, significant physical impairment or other health impaired.
Essential Duties & Responsibilities
Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?
1. Assists school teams in developing and implementing special education services to meet the needs of students with disabilities and/or challenging behaviors in the least restrictive environment.
2. Assists in implementing services and providing appropriate instructional strategies, equipment and curricular materials to meet the needs of students with significant developmental delay, autism, complex health issues or multiple disabilities in the least restrictive environment.
3. Assists school staff in the interpretation and implementation of policies/procedures governing student accessibility to school buildings and instructional/learning environments.
4. Assists in planning and providing staff development and in-service training to teachers. Provides assistance to classroom teachers in implementing ideas and techniques gained through in-service.
5. Assists in informing and acquainting teachers with new ideas, instructional programs, strategies and trends in the field of special education as they relate to the inclusion of students with the above mentioned disabilities.
6. Develops and implements staff development for assistants for this student population.
7. Assists teachers in providing diagnostic prescriptive educational assessments for students with or suspected of having autism, intellectual disabilities, significant developmental delay, complex health issues or multiple disabilities incidence disability.
8. Assists IEP committees to determine appropriate goals and objectives for students based upon assessment data and.
9. Works cooperatively with the Division of Transportation, Pupil Services, the Anne Arundel County Health Department, and other related service personnel to ensure appropriate services are provided to students with significant developmental delay, autism, intellectual disabilities, complex health issues or multiple disabilities incidence disabilities.
10. Coordinates the successful transition of students with disabilities as they articulate through the school system.
11. Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made on request to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
· Master's degree or master's equivalent in special education or related field preferred.
· Three (3) years of teaching experience related to the provision of services with students with disabilities and/or challenging behaviors.
Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
· Demonstrated leadership qualities as a member of the school staff.
· Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in written form with professional colleagues, staff, students and parents.
· Demonstrated ability to work with diverse populations.
· Ability to employ business technology tools (e.g. e-mail, AACPS Intranet, electronic benefits enrollment, Microsoft Office Suite, etc.).
· Hold or be eligible for a Maryland State Board of Education professional teaching certificate in special education.
· Board Certified Behavior Specialist (BCBA) certification or experience and coursework in Applied Behavior Analysis preferred.
Career Ladder Requirements
· As required by the duties and responsibilities of the job.