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Special Education Teacher (All Specializations) - 2022-23 School Year

December 17, 2021

Washington, DC
Full Time

Are you ready to join the nation’s fastest improving urban school district? We are looking for highly motivated, skilled, and equity-minded special education teachers to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) for the 2022-23 school year. We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of our students with special needs.

*Candidates who commit to teaching at one of our RISE schools are eligible to receive a signing bonus of up to $2,500 for the 2022-23 school year if they are hired by June 1, 2022.*

DCPS serves approximately 49,000 students in the nation's capital through the efforts of approximately 4,200 educators in 117 schools. As part of a comprehensive reform effort to become the preeminent urban school system in America, DCPS intends to have the highest-performing, best paid (Salary Range: $56,313 - $90,905), most satisfied, and most honored educator force in the nation and a distinctive central office staff whose work supports and drives instructional excellence and significant achievement gains for DCPS students.

Position Overview:


Every student feels loved, challenged, and prepared to positively influence and thrive in life.


Ensure that every school guarantees students reach their full potential through rigorous and joyful learning experiences provided in a nurturing environment.

Strategic Priorities

  • Promote Equity: Define, understand, and promote equity so that we can eliminate gaps and systematically interrupt institutional bias.

  • Empower Our People: Recruit, develop, and retain a talented, caring, and diverse team.

  • Ensure Excellent Schools: Increase the number of excellent schools throughout the city.

  • Educate the Whole Child: Provide rigorous, joyful, and inclusive academic and social emotional learning experiences to ensure all students are college and career ready.

Requirements or Qualifications:

This position is a safety-sensitive position. As a result, throughout employment this position will be subject to the Employee Mandatory Drug and Alcohol Testing Policy. The Government of the District of Columbia values the safety of our employees, our residents, and our visitors. In support of these values, if you are selected for this job, you must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, except when vaccination is not medically advised or violates your sincerely held religious beliefs. If you are invited to join our team, you must submit proof that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by uploading a copy of your vaccination card, or uploading proof of your approved medical or religious exemption, to your candidate dashboard. If you are granted an exemption, you must submit to weekly COVID-19 testing and will be required to upload weekly a negative COVID-19 test to maintain employment with the Government of the District of Columbia. You will not be extended an offer of employment until you comply with the requirement to upload your vaccination card or your approved medical or religious exemption. 

The Teacher (10-month) will report to the Principal.


  • Bachelor's degree.

  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.

  • Possesses or is eligible for a valid District of Columbia Teaching License issued by the Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE).

  • Successful completion of Praxis I and II exams (unless already holding a standard teaching license).

  • Strong instructional skills and classroom management.

  • Enthusiasm for and demonstrated mastery of subject matter.

  • Unrelenting commitment to students, self, and school’s constant learning and development.

  • Ability to self-reflect on teaching practices and be responsive to feedback.

Additional Benefits: 

Health Insurance

  • HMO (Aetna, Kaiser Permanente, or United HealthCare)

  • PPO (Aetna)

  • POS (United HealthCare)

  • Dental and Optical Insurance (Plans provided by the Washington Teachers’ Union) 

Other Insurance

  • Basic Life Insurance

  • Supplemental Life Insurance

  • Accidental Death and Dismemberment Insurance

  • Short-Term Disability Insurance

  • Long-Term Disability Insurance

Other Benefits

  • Teacher’s Retirement Plan

  • Flexible Spending Accounts (for dependent care & health care)

  • 403(b) Tax Sheltered Annuities

  • DC Teachers Federal Credit Union

  • 457 Deferred Compensation Plan

  • Loan Cancellation or Deferment

  • AT&T Discount Program for District of Columbia Employees

  • Employer Assisted Housing Program (Up to $11,500 for first-time homebuyers in DC)

  • HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program (50% off the list price for HUD homes)

  • Discounted memberships to Washington Sports Clubs

Please visit the DCPS Human Resources page for additional information.

Contact & Apply:

Apply here today! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis; however, we encourage candidates to apply as soon as possible to receive priority consideration for early hiring and signing bonus opportunities.

Email our team at if you have any questions or would like to connect with a recruiter!