Substitute Services - Special Education ...
Seattle Public Schools - Seattle, WA

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1. Fosters an educational environment conducive to the learning and maturation process of assigned special education students; plans an instructional program designed to meet individual student needs; prepares individual lesson plans;
adapts and modifies programs and plans with general
education teachers as necessary.

2. Uses necessary and appropriate instructional methods and materials, which are suited to the well-being of the students and to the nature of the learning activities, program and/or curriculum involved; implements established program or curriculum objectives as adapted or modified for the student population; attends in-service training and continues to improve professional growth through study and experimentation to remain current in methods and techniques for special education instruction.

3. Establishes and implements, in a positive and supportive manner, classroom policies and procedures governing student behavior and conduct; provides guidance, counseling, and discipline to encourage students to meet standards of achievement and conduct; makes referrals for assistance where appropriate.

4. Confers with students, parents or guardians, specialists and other staff, maintaining an open positive relationship as appropriate to provide guidance and evaluation, and to encourage student achievement.

5. Establishes classroom goals and objectives appropriate to the special education student population and their individual education programs, following the rules and regulations governing special education, and in conformance with courses of study and School District statutes, regulations and guidelines; evaluates and records student progress; prepares reports for parents or guardians.

6. Collects and interprets a variety of data; develops, implements and evaluates individual education plans (IEP's); provides reports for administrative purposes; amends documents where appropriate.

7. Directs the activities of assigned non-certificated personnel; attends to or directs staff to attend to the physical, emotional, behavioral, medical, or hygienic needs of students as appropriate; monitors conditions and behaviors.

8. Attends or participates in all required staff meetings and other activities deemed necessary by the District and/or building principal, in order to accomplish the objectives of the position and for professional achievement.

  • Serves on staff committees as required.
  • Participates in a variety of activities to enhance personal and professional skills.
  • Performs related tasks consistent with the scope and responsibilities of the position.
  • Attends at least one of two annual Special Education Compliance Professional Development days.


Reports to the building principal or program manager.


Required to deal with a wide range of student achievement and behavior; required to remain flexible to meet students immediate needs; required to handle multiple tasks simultaneously and prioritize; may experience frequent interruptions; may occasionally deal with distraught or difficult students; potentially exposed to ordinary infectious diseases carried by students; in some positions the necessary and appropriate instructional methods may require specific positions and movements, and sufficient stamina and exertions, to demonstrate techniques properly for student safety, or to conduct or direct students; in some positions precautions may need to be taken to prevent or lessen exposure of self and/or students to various materials, fumes, equipment, cutting edges or hot surfaces; may teach in a classroom without telephone communication.

Minimum Qualifications:


Education and Experience

Bachelor's degree; academic preparation for or experience in teaching a culturally, racially and economically diverse student population in an urban school system and certification with an endorsement in Special Education.

Secondary candidates should be highly qualified in at least one subject area.

Required Testing :

Certificates & Licenses :
Valid Washington Teacher Certification with an endorsement in Special Education. Some positions may require valid first aid and CPR certification; Valid State of Washington Driver’s License; some positions may require a Class II driver's license.

Continuing Education/Training :

Clearances :
Criminal Justice Fingerprint
Background Clearance

Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

Knowledge of: Subject areas appropriate to assignment; effective behavior management techniques; effective instructional techniques; thorough knowledge of the rules and procedures that govern special education; writing IEP's that address student needs and rules and procedures for student safety.

Skill in: Proficiency in reading, writing, and oral communications; effective communication with parents/guardians in a culturally, racially and economically diverse community; designing and implementing lesson plans for students having a wide range of achievement and adapting curricula and programs to meet the intellectual, social, physical and emotional needs of a population of special education students.

Ability to: Deal with students in a positive and confident manner; be fair and consistent when working with a culturally, racially, and economically diverse student population; adapt to change and remain flexible; organize activities; manage student behavior; use good judgment to maintain a safe learning environment; provide instruction; use necessary equipment, computers, machinery, tools, or software; direct instructional assistants; in some positions, administer first aid and CPR; in some positions, use non-visual instructional techniques such as braille; in some positions, deal with specific physical or emotional disabilities and associated conditions, such as, severe behavior disorder, autism; attend to various student physical and hygienic needs; establish and maintain effective, positive working relationships with students, parents or guardians, specialist, staff and administrators.

Supplemental Information:

In addition to this application, the following documents must be attached to your application:
  • Three letters of reference
  • Transcripts showing your teaching degree
  • A copy of your Washington State Teaching Certificate
A completed online application is required to be considered for any district job opening. It is important that you review the application carefully. An incomplete application may disqualify you (this includes not providing all requested documents).

If you are a current education student who will be certificated by the Fall School Year:
You may submit an official letter in .pdf format from your degree-granting institution noting the date you will receive your teaching certificate and the endorsements you will have.

Regarding References:
Seattle Public Schools does not accept paper or mailed references. You must upload your references to this application.

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