What does a Senior Special Education Teacher do?

Special education teachers facilitate effective lessons that cater to students living with physical, intellectual, emotional, and learning disabilities. They often work with a team to design activities that will help students achieve their specific learning goals.

Special education teachers often involve themselves in the academic, social and behavioral development of their students and assist in the development of the student's individualized educational program (IEP) which develops individual goals for students and is modified according to their abilities and needs. They work closely with a student’s family and specialists to keep the entire team updated on progress and to make recommendations that help promote learning and life skills at home. Special education teachers also help general educators when it is time to adapt to curriculum or learning materials and teaching techniques that meet the needs of any students in the classroom living with a disability. They coordinate the work of teachers, assistants, and related personnel including a therapist or social worker to meet the student’s needs within inclusive special education programs. Special education teachers need a bachelor’s degree and state-issued certification or licensing and training in special education subjects.

What responsibilities are common for Senior Special Education Teacher jobs?
  • Create a classroom environment that is conducive to learning.
  • Work with individuals, small groups, or large groups as assigned teacher.
  • Serve as an example for students. support mission of school.
  • Provide appropriate guidance, leadership and direction to staff within the classroom.
  • Provide reinforcement techniques to keep students focused on task.
  • Set meetings for referral, review or re evaluation as needed.
  • Provide data and information to district office as requested.
  • Oversee or ensure personal care, medical care and feedings of students as stated in IEP.
  • Assist in the selection of books, equipment and other instructional materials.
  • Maintain punctuality in daily work times, appointments, and meetings.
  • Ensure students receive accommodations for state assessments and post-secondary entrance assessments.
  • Promote School District rules, policies, procedures, Mission Statement and Core Values.
  • Escort students to and from classroom for lunch and various activities.
  • Must be able to lift, carry and hold students and classroom equipment.
  • Conduct ongoing assessments of student learning and use results to plan and implement instruction.
What are the typical qualifications for Senior Special Education Teacher jobs?
  • Demonstrated leadership skills alongside ability to collaborate with team members.
  • Critical thinker able to make decisions quickly and professionally.
  • Demonstrate a positive attitude and strives for continuous improvement.
  • Fluent in instruction using assistive tools and devices such as braille or sign language.
  • Comfortable with assisting students in basic life skills, including toileting.
  • Is confident and Demonstrated a strong work ethic.
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Avg. Experience2-4 years

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First Step Early Intervention Programme
Special Education Teacher
7 Jul 2021

“It is a very good learning experience and helps one to develop on a personal level.”

Special Education Teacher
3 Feb 2022

“There is a very limited ability to advance in career and job if your degree is in special ed.”

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education
Special Education Teacher
27 Oct 2020

“It is good to work in the government as it helps in knowing the way to conduct work”

Seattle Public SchoolsSeattle Public Schools
Special Education Teacher
27 Jun 2022

“The pay seems great at first until you realize how much it costs to live in seattle.”

SPED Teacher
17 Jan 2021

“1st grade program offered many classes despite the building facility limitations I felt it was a decent school.”

Mount Vernon City School District
Special Education Teacher
5 May 2022

“high expectations and barely any resources”

Klein ISDKlein ISD
Special Education Teacher
12 Nov 2022

“Routine and stable with decent starting salary.”

Orange Unified School DistrictOrange Unified School District
Special Education Instructional Assistant
22 Feb 2022

“The people are nice and great to work with.”

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