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Harwood Center: Special Education Teacher

JOB SUMMARY: Under the direction of the Education Director the Special Education Teacher will design, plan, implement and supervise the classroom developmental program and daily schedule for the children enrolled at the Harwood Center in accordance with the educational goals and objectives set out in the IEP or IPP. The SPED teacher will supervise teaching associates, volunteers, and practicum students.

•       Master’s degree in the area of child development, special education, communication disorders or a related field, extensive relevant experience in the field preferred and a Bachelor’s degree may be considered in lieu of a graduate degree.
•       Three to five years of relevant experience in the field of developmental programming for young children and special education.
•       Active license with Special Education and early education endorsement is preferred.

•       Effectively implements components of the IEP or IPP
•       Sets individual objectives in each developmental area
•       Communicates child’s daily activities to parents
•       Promote and assure the health and safely of children including compliance with incident, abuse and neglect reporting, in addition to the health, safety, and behavior management procedures to provide for the physical care and well-being of children including diaper changing, toileting, hand and face washing, preparation and feeding of snack and lunch.
•       Submits weekly lesson plans to the director on Sunday of each week
•       Meets weekly with Associates to review the week’s experiences and to plan the next weeks program
•       Completes monthly progress reports for each child enrolled in the classroom
•       Actively participates in bi-monthly classroom meetings.
•       Evaluates progress on a regular basis using a combination of standardized and curriculum-based tests; accurately interprets results in a written report

Physical Requirements and Environment
•       Good visual and auditory skills
•       The ability to lift, push, and pull 50 pounds
•       The ability to squat, bend, crawl, and sit on the floor
•       The ability to move quickly to keep pace with toddlers and preschoolers

Special Skills
•       Clear concise communications both written and oral
•       Excellent organizational, planning and time management skills
•       Ability to meet deadlines independently and with a minimum of supervision
•       Fluency with Microsoft, Excel, and email systems

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