Special Education Teacher
Parsons Preschool - Jamaica, NY

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Position: Special Education Teacher

Education

 Complete prescribed program of instruction that results in NYSED certification and or license in Special Education. Copy of Provisional or Permanent License.
 Complete prescribed SED requirements for annual continuing education credits.
 NYSED requires those persons completing requirements for a Provisional or Permanent License, as a Special Education Teacher, shall be eligible for employment in an approved public school for this position. Parsons Preschool will nominate persons for a Modified Temporary Certificate, good for the school year from September to June of the year hired. Persons nominated for this certificate must have the following
1. Passed L.A.S.T
2. Passed A.T.S.W
3. Completed a BA Degree from a College/ University
4. Completed School Violence Course
5. Passes CST- Content Special Test
6. Completed Child Abuse Course
7. Registration for continued credits for continued credits for Proficiency Special Education License.

Additional Requirements:

A. Must be able to meet all Conditions for Employment regulated by NY State Department of Health: Day Care Division
B. Must have fingerprinting in accordance with Dept of Investigation and Department of Education.
C. Have screening through Central Registry for Child Protective Services.
D. Have a current medical examination and an annual medical exam.
E. Have mandated course on child abuse and maltreatment and alcohol and substance abuse.
F. Meet additional requirements that may be set by the State Education Department of Certification and/or continuing Education

All teachers who are provisionally certified please note certificates expire after 5yrs. from the date issued.

Completion of requirements for Master’s degree and obtain a permanent Certificate as a Special Education Teacher. Keep abreast of NYSED requirements.

Related Skills
A. Must be able to maintain the appropriate level of inter-personal skills necessary to accomplish the duties and responsibilities which are outlined in this Position Description.
B. Must have excellent oral and written communication skills.
C. Must have the ability to organize, plan and schedule events necessary to conduct evaluations in compliance with legal mandates.
D. Must be responsive to supervision and work towards deadlines.
E. Maintain sanitary conditions of all equipment following appropriate health guidelines.
F. Be willing to assume other duties assigned.
G. Be punctual and have good attendance.
H. Have professional demeanor and conduct.
I. Attend annual reviews
J. Complete in an efficient manner written update reports with new IEP goals for annual reports.
K. Maintain strict confidentiality and safety of all clinical records.

Duties and Responsibilities

Maintain an environment inclusive for learning for children with special needs. Teachers are the primary decision-maker involving classroom activities and management of Teacher Assistants and children. Teachers must demonstrate a rich and well-structured understanding of the pre-school aged child’s cognitive, language, psycho-social, and physical development. In addition, the teacher must be able to modify instruction techniques to meet the educational and management needs of the children in their care.

Teachers are expected to have on-going interaction with the child’s family
and suggest to parents activities and materials parents can use at home with their children. Attendance at scheduled after school/evening parents meetings are mandatory.

Incumbent will

A. Plan and conduct activities that teach acquisition of sensory-motor, cognitive, language, play, social and self-help skills, and reduce inappropriate behaviors.
B. Plan, organize and implement multi-sensory or multi-model programs of instruction.
C. Maintain a safe and cordial classroom environment.
D. Work independently and in consort with an inter-disciplinary team.
E. Prepare, implement, and update the goals and objective of an Individual Education Plan (IEP) via written weekly lesson plans.
F. Present self as a positive role model representing Parsons Preschool.
G. Assess a child’s progress or lack of progress towards IEP goals and modify instruction accordingly.
H. Maintain ongoing communication with the staff and child’s parents.
I. Integrate classroom instruction with activities of the related service staff.
J. Maintain personal attributes and demeanor appropriate to the position.
K. Conduct field trips and mainstream activities.
L. Develop and utilize learning centers within the classroom.
M. Be a role model or guide to the children’s acquisition of age appropriate cognitive, language, psycho-social and physical behaviors.
N. Develop class activities and projects using common household materials.
O. Teach students with Limited English Proficiency.
P. Participate in staff training.
Q. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of terminology used to describe learning and/or learning disabilities or perceptual deficits.
R. Keep records: Including progress notes, attendance records and other documents required by the NYSED and NYCED.
S. Use specialized skills (Bilingual, sign, etc.)
T. “Time out” to be limited to 1-3 minute segments, allow the child to re-enter the class activities without being embarrassed. Use of a timer is strongly suggested.
U. Behavior management charts is illustrating classroom rules are to be displayed and explained in all classrooms.
V. The time periods from 7:30-8:00 and 2:30-3:00 are to be used exclusively me-planning and scheduling activities for pre-planning and scheduling activities for the day.
W. Maintain daily contact with parents by writing notes in the child’s parent-contact notebook.
X. Notify the Educational Director of any changes in child’s instructional program being considered or planned.
Y. The teachers’ tone of voice is to be respectful when using directives to teacher assistants.


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