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Special Education Teacher - Middle School Job Description

Summary

Responsible for working with children who have disabilities, including cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities, at a middle school. 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 middle 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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