JOB DESCRIPTION – Special Education Transition Teacher
Required Certification (s): NJ Certificate of Teacher of Students with Disabilities
Report to; Principal, Executive Director
Under the general supervision of the School Principal, to maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students' specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment.
Primary Function: Instructs assigned pupils in accordance with curriculum adopted by The Center School.
Major Duties and Responsibilities (not exhaustive)
- As a transition teacher you will be providing engaging, interactive lessons that will teach practical living skills to students. Life skills teacher duties cover teaching topics like proper hygiene, cooking skills, money handling, verbal and written communication skills and appropriate social interaction.
- Conducts assessments, testing and diagnostic examinations of students for the purpose of identifying learning issues, and recommending courses of action or corrective procedures to overcome issues and maximize learning.
- Participates in assists in developing Individual Educational Plans ("IEP") for students.
- Assists students and teaching staff in implementing students' IEP's and behavior management plans.
- Coordinates with outside agencies, organizations and institutions, including state and federal authorities as needed.
- Coordinates with administrators and other teaching staff members to ascertain individual student's abilities and needs, including students with special needs, and to familiarize stakeholders with social work services.
- Serves as ready resource to students and parents to provide counseling that will lead each student to increased personal growth, self-understanding, and behavioral management; serves as liaison between home and school.
- Continues to acquire professional knowledge and learn of current developments in the educational field by attending seminars, workshops or professional meetings, or by conducting research, and by maintaining professional relationships with members of institutions of higher learning and the business community.
Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities
Ability to establish and maintain productive working relationships with staff, business associates, and general community; work on multiple tasks and prioritize appropriately; communicate effectively; special education knowledge and experience.
Ability to follow directions and give direction to others; complete assigned tasks without supervision; communicate, comprehend and perform complex computations; use correct grammar, sentence structure and spelling; compose clear, concise sentences and paragraphs; organize office setting to efficiently accomplish tasks; multitask; work independently and make work-related decisions; exercise good judgment in prioritizing tasks; operate office equipment; use computer technology efficiently including word processing, presentation/webpage software, Power Point and Excel software applications; appropriately handle confidential information in accordance with District policies; use technology for group meetings, presentations, etc.
Ability to work as a leader, coordinator, and a member of a team.
Must be professional and able to effectively manage job responsibilities; cooperative, congenial, service oriented, and promote these qualities.
Ability to work in an environment with frequent interruptions.
Ability to be respectful and empathetic toward students.
Ability to acquire a CDL license.
Office/classroom setting. Job sampling site locations.
Job related experience with increasing levels of responsibility is required.
Bachelor’s degree in education; special education certification; experience in the field of special education and transition services; computer literate.