Georgia Cyber Academy
Job Title: Special Education Teacher
FLSA Status: Exempt
Reports to: Assistant Principal, Special Programs
Job Level: Individual Contributor
Job Code: SETeacher – Special Education
The Special Education Teacher is a state-certified educator who provides daily instruction and support in the virtual academic environment. The special education teacher creates strategies to engage and facilitate student learning, serves as a case manager and point of contact for students and parents, and monitors academic progress to help prioritize student learning objectives.
Essential Functions: Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.
- Initiate, develop, and facilitate IEP and eligibility consideration meetings
- Collaborate with instructional teachers to review student academic data
- Track and communicate all IEP service changes (e.g. setting, accommodations, eligibility changes, related services, AT needs, etc.)
- Collaboratively serve as point of contact regarding academic needs, accommodations, and IEP services for families and teachers
- Receive progress reports and information from related services providers
- Provide special education documents to parent/guardian and required team members prior to and following meetings
- Administer assessments (e.g. performance, informal, or formal) to monitor student progress
- Monitor student engagement and attendance data
- Input testing accommodations into school database after each IEP meeting; verify accommodations prior to state testing
- In collaboration with school counselor, verify student class schedules for alignment with IEP services and FTE reporting
- Document communication with families via contact logs in Infinite Campus
- Maintains lesson plans, artifacts, and materials used to facilitate student instruction
- Comply with all written policies and procedures in teacher, district, and school-based handbooks
- Establish a virtual classroom environment conducive to learning
- Implement all IEP services and accommodations within classroom and testing environments with fidelity
- Utilize research-based strategies and differentiation to engage and nurture student learning and student relationships based on individual strengths and needs
- Complete all case management and instructional duties as assigned throughout the school year
- Maintain special education records compliance, to include timelines, reporting, and open records requests; as outlined by IDEA and the GADOE
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: This position has no formal supervisory responsibilities.
COMPETENCIES: To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Adapts to change, is open to new ideas, takes on new responsibilities, handles pressure, and adjusts plans to meet changing needs.
- Integrity/Ethics: Deals with others in a straightforward and honest manner, is accountable for actions, maintains confidentiality, supports company values, and conveys good news and bad.
- Teamwork: Meets all team deadlines and responsibilities, listens to others and values opinions, helps team leader to meet goals, welcomes newcomers and promotes a team atmosphere.
- Virtual Education Experience
- Special Education Teacher Experience
- Familiar with Blackboard Collaborative or other online platforms
- Experience support adults and children in the use of technology
- Knowledge of principles, theories, practices, methods, and techniques used in special education instruction
Minimum Required Qualifications:
- Bachelor Degree(s) in Special Education or related field AND
- 1 year of experience as a special education teacher, OR
- Equivalent combination of education and experience
- Strong data-collection, differentiation, and specialized instructional strategy skills
- Ability to adapt learning plans to meet various needs and learning styles
- Ability to create an engaging class culture and to manage the classroom environment
- Communicate effectively; both orally and in writing
- Strong time-management, organizational, and decision-making skills
- Understanding of the GADOE Implementation Manual guidelines for Special Education
- Ability to write IEP’s and Special Education Eligibility reports
- Ability to learn new technology tools quickly (e.g., database and web-based tools)
- Demonstrate prompt and regular attendance
OTHER REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS:
- Microsoft Office (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Project, Visio, etc.); Web proficiency.
- Ability to pass required background check
- Ability to travel up to 10% of the time within and between assigned geographic areas to support students; attend regularly scheduled meetings and participate in school activities, open houses, outings, and orientations
CERTIFICATES AND LICENSES:
Elementary Special Education Teacher:
- Minimum of SRT4 Certification in General Curriculum Special Education AND the Special Education Academic Content Areas (Math Science, Social Studies, Reading and English) P-5
Middle School Special Education Teacher:
- Minimum of SRT4 Certification in General Curriculum Special Education and ALL of the Special Education Academic Content Areas 4-8 or 6-12 (Math, Science, Social Studies, Reading and English) required;
- Or, passed the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or have exemption eligibility (ACT/SAT scores) AND passed the GACE in General Curriculum Special Education and ALL of the Special Education Academic Content Areas 4-8 or 6-12
High School Special Education Teacher:
- Minimum of SRT4 Certification in Special Education General Curriculum Consultative (P-12) and the (6-12) English, or Math, or Science, or Social Science core academic content; OR
- Passed the GACE Program Admissions Assessment or have exemption eligibility (ACT/SAT scores) AND passed the GACE in Special Education General Curriculum Consultative (P-12) and ____core academic content test (6-12), AND GACE Educator Ethics Program Entry
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- This is a home-based position
- Ability to travel by vehicle to state testing and professional development sites
- Minor lifting/carrying of academic materials
The above job is not intended to be an all-inclusive list of duties and standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as assigned by their supervisor. All employment is “at-will” as governed by the law of the state where the employee works. It is further understood that the “at-will” nature of employment is one aspect of employment that cannot be changed except in writing and signed by an authorized officer.