Early Childhood Sp Ed Teacher

Blaine County School District No. 61 South Central / Twin Falls Special Education Primary Full Time Posted 1Y ago

About this job

TITLE: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher
PAY GRADE: Certified Salary Schedule
FLSA: Exempt
SUPERVISOR: Building Principal
TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT: Days as designated per Negotiated Contract. Works on-site according to Principal's designated schedule.

SUMMARY: Develop and implement activities, curriculum, and intervention services that are designed to promote social-emotional, cognitive, communication/language, and sensorimotor developmental growth in children ages 3-5. Evaluates and develops Individual Education Plans for young children with disabilities. To inspire, engage, educate and empower every student.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Possess a bachelor's degree or higher. Hold a valid Idaho Standard Instructional Certificate with appropriate endorsement for assignment. Experience in Early Childhood preferred. Spanish language skills or bilingual/biliterate preferred.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: (This list of essential duties is not a comprehensive listing of all functions and tasks performed by positions in this class. It does not imply that all positions within the class perform all of the duties listed, nor does it necessarily list all possible duties that may be assigned.)
* Uses a trans-disciplinary model of assessment to evaluate and interventions to promote progress in social-emotional, cognitive, communication/language, and sensorimotor areas of development.
* Implements a child-centered curriculum that is integrated, holistic, interaction-focused, and child-directed.
* Plans, prepares, and implements daily activities (indoor/outdoor) as they relate to the curriculum.
* Responsible for the health, welfare, and safety of children by providing a warm, safe, and caring environment that is kept orderly, clean, and appealing and allows the children to grow and explore.
* Effectively interacts and relates to children in a developmentally appropriate manner.
* Sensitive to individual children's differences and needs, and is willing to adjust the program and curriculum to meet those individual needs.
* Inspires, engages, educates and empowers young children and maintains standards of student behavior for a productive learning environment.
* Provides overall supervision of toileting, bathroom time, and snack/meal time.
* Works in an environment that encourages teamwork, sharing of ideas, flexibility, and respect.
* Reviews, analyzes, and evaluates the history, background, and assessment of students in designing Individualized Education Plans to meet student needs.
* Coordinates and leads IEP meetings with the required team members.
* Follows BCSD and state Medicaid billing procedures.
* Communicates with parents/guardians regarding students' disabilities, educational plans, and related matters.
* Maintains student files and prepares educational records, evaluation reports, IEP documents, progress reports, classroom observations, and other forms as required.
* Participates in building, District, and State Special Education meetings/trainings.
* Maintains the physical environment of the classroom for organization, safety, and presentation purposes.
* Supervises, trains, and utilizes paraprofessional's (and volunteer's) skills and abilities.
* Works with other special education staff members and general education preschool teachers across the district to form a positive supportive team atmosphere.
* Ensures confidentiality of privileged information.
* Maintains adherence to all school policies and Idaho's Special Education procedures.
* Coordinates with the District Transportation Department regarding all special busing needs for students.
* Evaluates and orders materials necessary for appropriate instruction.
* Lifts or assists with lifting students as needed.
* Possesses the computer skills necessary for this position.

Knowledge of special education procedures and best practices. Knowledge of child development and especially of characteristics of students in the age group assigned. Knowledge of the prescribed curriculum. Knowledge of current educational research. Basic understanding and knowledge of current technology. Knowledge of learning styles and skill in using varied teaching methods to address student learning styles. Skill in oral and written communication with students, parents and others. Ability to plan and implement activities for maximum effectiveness. Ability to assess levels of student achievement effectively, analyze test results and prescribe actions for improvement. Ability to maintain appropriate student supervision so that students have a safe and orderly environment in which to learn. Ability to work effectively with peers, administrators and others. Responsibilities include: working under limited supervision using standardized practices and/or methods; directing other persons within a small work unit; and tracking budget expenditures.

The job is performed in a generally hazard free environment under minimal temperature variations. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to crawl, balance, stand, and walk; use mental acuity and repetitive motion; use hands to hold, move, feel and manipulate objects; reach with hands and arms; sit, stoop, kneel, or crouch. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus. Specific speaking and hearing abilities required by this job include expressing or exchanging ideas by means of the spoken word, shouting in order to be heard, and receiving detailed information through oral communication. Performs light work exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently or constantly to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.

Education required

Bachelor's Degree


$58,013.64 - $102,068.12 /year DOE

Equal Opportunity Employer Statement

Blaine County School District No. 61 is committed to maintaining a work and learning environment free from discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, pregnancy, gender identity, sexual orientation, marital/civil union status, ancestry, place of birth, age, citizenship status, veteran status, political affiliation, genetic information or disability, as defined and required by state and federal laws. Additionally, we prohibit retaliation against individuals who oppose such discrimination and harassment or who participate in an equal opportunity investigation.