Special Education Teacher

Jul 16, 2017
Aug 14, 2017
Employment Status
Full Time

 Copper Country Intermediate School District
Position Description


Position Title:           Teacher, Special Education-Elementary School Social Skills Teaching Program
Department:              Special Education
Reports To:               Supervisor, Special Education


SUMMARY:  Responsible for planning instruction to enable special education students with severe social emotional and behavior needs enrolled in the Social Skills Teaching Program (SSTP) to benefit from the educational program and progress in the general curriculum.  Functions as a member of an educational team to develop and implement a behavior system and individual behavior plans. 


Plans, develops and implements daily curriculum assignments and activities aligned to State Standards and/or Common Core Standards, including social skills and related health GLCES & EGLCES (Grade Level Content Expectations and/or Extended Grade Level Content Expectations).  This includes documentation by daily lesson plans.

Assesses and progress-monitors in core curricular areas on a consistent basis.

Develops individualized Behavior Intervention Plans with the educational team and implements them.

Makes data driven instructional decisions to improve student outcomes.

Provides Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).

Assists with planning for and implementation of individual accommodations for students who require those supports.

Implements the established behavior system with students with fidelity, including the established documentation procedures.

Uses data management systems and web based student information systems as appropriate to student population and school.

Coordinates, plans for and administers state assessments, including alternate assessments.  

Participates in planning for inclusion in general education classes and activities when students can benefit from, learn and achieve in the general education environment.

Maintain files and records on students for the purpose of providing documentation and reliable information.   

Creates and maintains a physical environment in the classroom that is conducive to learning.

Works with other professional staff to facilitate progress toward IEP goals and objectives.         

Prepares report cards, progress reports and IEP‘s according to district & state rules & guidelines.  Maintains educational records according to established procedures.

Plans and coordinates the work of instructional aides, parents and volunteers in the classroom.

Communicates regularly with parents and arranges individual parent conferences.

Interprets school program to parents in order to strengthen parental understanding of the individual pupil's needs and the school's role in the pupil's life.

Attends and participates in required trainings, meetings and program activities.

Reports incidents & accidents according to policies & procedures to assure a safe and positive learning environment.


Supervises students and directs instructional aides.

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: 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, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.



Teaching certificate—Special Education Approval; endorsement as Teacher of the Emotionally Impaired preferred.


Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from the general public.


Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios, and proportions to practical situations.


Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables.


Ability to apply knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program; ability to plan and implement lessons based on division and school objectives and the needs and abilities of students to whom assigned. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with students, peers, parents and community; ability to speak clearly and concisely in written or oral communication.

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently sitting and standing. The employee may occasionally bend or twist at the neck and back while performing the duties of this job. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision such as to read typewritten material. The employee may occasionally lift up to 90 pounds to assist students in bathrooming or positioning, to assist disruptive students, and when handling equipment and wheelchairs.

WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

The noise level in the work environment is usually loud. The employee is frequently required to interact with the public and other staff. The employee is directly responsible for the safety, well-being and work output of students.


The employee shall remain free of any alcohol or non-prescribed controlled substance in the workplace throughout his/her employment in the district.