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Special Education Teacher (Autism)


A. To assure effective academic programming for each student which results in high rates of academic progress and successful program completion, the Teacher will:

  • Design and annually review Individualized Education Plans (I.E.P.s) for each student (teacher will assist in this process)
  • Design daily individual lesson plans for each student
  • Instruct students in all areas specified in the I.E.P. through individual or group interactions
  • Integrate experiential education into the student's daily programming
  • Maintain frequent informal communication with team members regarding student programming and progress
  • Serve as the classroom point of contact for parents of students
  • Demonstrate a proficient level of cultural sensitivity
  • Actively implement best-practices for students with autism

B. To assure effective behavior management to increase each student's adaptive social skills, the Teacher will:

  • Work with the behavior intervention specialists to design appropriate positive behavior support plans
  • Implement group process procedures in the classroom
  • Provide direct instruction in social skills
  • Implement recommended sensory interventions
  • Implement visual aids including social stories, visual schedules, and visual cues
  • Model and coach classroom assistants

C. To assure comprehensive documentation of all academic and behavioral progress, the Teacher will:

  • Prepare and distribute to students report cards and progress monitoring
  • Complete record-keeping/data collection tools as requested
  • Follow designated program policy regarding the documentation of critical incidents
  • Utilize technology through electronic documentation, electronic communication, and use of the internet to supplement programming

D. To assure the continuous safety of all students, the Teacher will:

  • Directly supervise assigned students
  • Follow program-designated procedures for all physical contact with students
  • Follow program-designated procedures for student illness and injury, including arranging necessary medical care
  • Assist other staff, as needed, in physical interventions to protect students, staff, and property from damage
  • Detect and remediate, with approval of Coordinator, if necessary, any potentially dangerous environmental conditions
  • Authorize transportation of students in student outings

E. To assure the continuing development of professional skills, the Teacher will:

  • Participate in all regularly scheduled in-service programs
  • With the approval of the Program Director, periodically serve on program committees
  • With the approval of the Program Director, periodically attend local, state, or national conferences and workshops

F. To promote the professional image of Pressley Ridge in local, state, and national communities, the Teacher will:

  • With the approval of the Program Director, provide in-service/training programs to other programs
  • With the approval of the Program Director, give formal presentations on program-relevant issues in school districts or local, state, or national workshops or conventions

Working Conditions

1. Physical Demands. This position requires a moderate to high level of physical activity employee must meet minimum requirements for Hearing, Speech and Vision.

2. Environmental/Behavioral Factors. School, Community, Home

3. Working Hours. As assigned

EducationBachelors of Education (required)
Experience2 - 3 years: Experience teaching children with autism spectrum disorder, especially children with moderate to severe deficits. (required)
Licenses & CertificationsTeaching Certification (required)

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor's legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)
Pittsburgh, PA, 15214, US