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Special Education Teacher Job Description

Summary

Responsible for working with children who have disabilities, including cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities. Teaches disabled youth life skills and basic literacy and modifies general education curriculum to meet the child's needs.

Primary responsibilities

  • Teach disabled children who have mild to moderate disabilities.
  • Instruct students at the preschool, elementary, middle, and secondary school level.
  • Modify traditional education curriculum to meet child's needs.
  • Assist children with specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairments, mental retardation, emotional disturbance, multiple disabilities, hearing impairments, orthopedic impairments, visual impairments, autism, combined deafness and blindness, traumatic brain injury.
  • Help identify children with special needs.
  • Use various teaching methods to promote learning, including intensive individualized instruction, problem-solving assignments, and small-group work.
  • Ensure appropriate accommodations are available in class and when a student needs to take a test.
  • Develop an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each student.
  • Set personalized goals.
  • Develop transition plan outlining specific steps to prepare students for middle school or high school or a job or postsecondary study.
  • Review the IEP with the student's parents, school administrators, and the student's general education teachers.
  • Inform parents of child's progress.
  • Design and teach appropriate curricula.
  • Assign work as needed.
  • Grade papers and homework assignments.
  • Record grades in grade book.
  • Provide students with career counseling.
  • Help general educators adapt curriculum materials and teaching techniques to meet the needs of students with disabilities.

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