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23 Apr 2024

Teacher Special Education Teacher

Montrose County School District
 Montrose, Montrose County, Colorado, United States

Job Description

Position Title: Special Education Teacher – Mild to Moderate (MM)-elementary and positions available

Direct Supervisor: Building Principal
Contracted Length Term: 178 Days
Salary Schedule:  Teacher (Range $43,000- $68,243 based on 23/24 salary schedule, education and experience)
Start Date: August 8, 2024

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If a student can be part of the general education classroom, their disability can range from mild to moderate. Students with more mild or moderate disabilities range from specific learning disabilities, like struggling in reading or math, to speech impairment where the student needs speech therapy for pronunciation issues. These students can normally function within a general classroom setting with accommodations or an inclusion teacher. Even a physical disability, such as a hearing impairment or health impairment, can be mild. A student with a hearing impairment might just need a hearing device to hear in the classroom but may not need any other accommodations to succeed. Typically, a general education teacher will have students who fall in the mild/moderate special education disability category. Specific Learning Disability means a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken, or written, that may manifest itself in the imperfect ability to listen, think, speak, read, write, spell, or do mathematical calculations, including conditions such as perceptual disabilities, brain injury, minimal brain dysfunction, dyslexia, and developmental aphasia.  Specific learning disability does not include learning problems that are primarily the result of: visual, hearing, or motor disabilities; intellectual disability; serious emotional disability; cultural factors; environmental or economic disadvantage; or limited English proficiency.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Teach and instruct special needs pupils in subject matter areas such as reading, language arts, social studies, mathematics, science, health, art, physical education and music.
  • Adapt an adopted course of study, program instruction guidelines, and instructional materials in meeting the educational needs of special needs pupils.
  • Co-Teach and Co-plan with Core teachers to support special needs pupils as needed.
  • Utilize a variety of methodology in teaching and instructing pupils, including remedial instruction, demonstration, and activity participation.
  • Instruct students in citizenship and in the development of social skills.
  • Prepare, develop, and utilize a variety of instructional materials and aids appropriate to the instructional level of pupils with a wide range of mental, physical, and emotional maturity.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate the history, background, and assessment of pupils in designing an educational program to meet individual educational needs.
  • Individualize instructional processes and adapts program activities to enhance pupil educational opportunities.
  • Provide individual and group instruction in order to properly motivate pupils, and to effectively utilize the time available for instruction.
  • Establish and maintain standards of student behavior utilizing behavior management strategies and techniques, including behavior modification, reinforcement, and other positive behavior shaping processes.
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate pupil academic and social growth.
  • Record and report appropriate analyses and perceptions of pupil progress.
  • Administer, score, and record the results of criterion referenced, group standardized and specialized tests in evaluating pupil growth and progress.
  • Counsel, confer, and communicate with parents, school and District personnel regarding pupil progress, and in the interpretation of the educational program.
  • Work cooperatively with the IEP Team in assessing pupil needs and learning deficiencies and develop alternative solutions to remediate pupil learning problems.
  • Plan, create, and maintain an effective learning environment through the utilization of functional and aesthetically conceived displays, exhibits, bulletin boards, interest, learning and activity centers.
  • Select and requisition appropriate educational supplies, materials, books, equipment, and learning aids.
  • Establish and maintain a suitable room environment through the proper control of heating, lighting, and ventilation.
  • Perform a variety of non-instructional duties, including curriculum and instructional development activities, student supervision, and advisory and consultation activities.

Possession of an earned Baccalaureate or higher degree from an accredited college or university with emphasis in special education, instructional technology, a subject matter field commonly taught in the elementary grades, or closely related field.

Certification Requirement:
Possession of a licensure from the Colorado Department of Education authorizing service as a teacher of special needs pupils.

Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and skill is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required knowledge and skill would be:
Experience: Successful completion of student teaching at a recognized college or university or two years of full-time classroom teaching experience with the special needs child.

Knowledge of and Abilities:
Knowledge of:

  • Principles, theories, methods, techniques, and strategies pertaining to teaching and instruction of special needs pupils.
  • Child growth and development and behavior characteristics of children experiencing educational and social dysfunctions.
  • Educational curriculum and instructional goals and objectives, and the educational trends and research findings pertaining to the special needs child.
    Behavior management and behavior shaping strategies, techniques and methods, and conflict resolution procedures.
  • Socio-economic and cultural background differences of the school population.

Ability to:

  • Plan, organize, develop, and conduct a comprehensive teaching and instruction program for special needs pupils.
  • Provide effective learning experiences for pupils from a wide range of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds and with varying mental, social and emotional levels.
  • Effectively assist in the assessment of the educational needs of educational special needs pupils, and the design, development, and implementation of individualized educational plans.
  • Provide an attractive, inviting, and stimulating learning environment.
  • Perform research and development activities pertaining to curriculum and instruction programs, pilot projects, and innovative programs designed to enhance pupil educational opportunities and experiences for special needs pupils.

Physical Requirements:
The physical requirements indicated below are examples of the physical aspects that this position classification must perform in carrying out essential job functions.

  • Persons performing service in this position classification will exert 5 to 50  pounds of force frequently to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects.
  • This type of work involves sitting, walking, and/or standing.
  • Exposure to hot, cold, wet, humid, or windy conditions caused by weather may occasionally be experienced.
  • Perceiving the nature of sound, near and far vision, depth perception, providing oral information, the manual dexterity to operate business related equipment, and handle and work with various materials and objects are important aspects of this job.
  • CBI/FBI background clearance and a clean driving record.


Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable a person with a disability to perform the essential functions of the job.

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Bureaus: Colorado. Job Categories: Full-Time. Job Types: Teacher. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.