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Special Education Teacher

Anchorage, Alaska

Job Category: Teacher

Posted on April 05, 2018


This position reports to and is evaluated by the site principal. Special Education teachers plan and provide learning experiences for students with disabilities, including cognitive, emotional, or physical disabilities, in a variety of educational settings. Special Education Teachers create a flexible program and learning environment that provide specialized instruction; establish effective rapport with students; may modify general education curriculum to meet students' needs with supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports; and establish good relationships with parents and with other staff members.

The responsibilities listed below are representative of the essential functions of this position. The successful candidate:

  • Can describe their philosophy of education and demonstrate its relationship to their practice.
  • Understands how students learn and develop, and applies that knowledge in their practice.
  • Establishes and maintains standards of pupil behavior to achieve an effective learning atmosphere.
  • Organizes class time to provide a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, work time and assessment.
  • Guides the learning process toward the achievement of curriculum goals and--in harmony with the goals--establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, projects and the like to communicate these objectives to students.
  • Teaches students with respect for their individual and cultural characteristics.
  • Knows the teacher's content area and how to teach it.
  • Develops lesson plans and instructional material and provides individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of pupils.
  • Translates lesson plans into developmentally appropriate learning experiences.
  • Has the ability to use current technology to enhance instruction.
  • Has the ability to use technology for record-keeping and research.
  • Applies knowledge of current research and theory to instructional program.
  • Facilitates, monitors, and assesses student learning.
  • Evaluates pupils' academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports.
  • Identifies pupil needs and makes appropriate referrals and develops strategies for individual education plans.
  • Creates and maintains a learning environment in which all students are actively engaged and contributing members.
  • Provides individualized and small group instruction to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the student.
  • Creates a classroom environment that is conducive to learning and appropriate to the maturity and interests of the students.
  • Creates an environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, interest centers, and exhibits of student's work.
  • Supervises student environment, students, and volunteers.
  • Works as a partner with parents, families, and the community.
  • Communicates regularly with parents by means of newsletters, notes, phone calls, conferences, etc.
  • Participates in and contributes to the teaching profession.

Job Requirements:

The following are required:

Valid Alaska initial, professional, or master teaching certificate with an endorsement in Special Education.

Evidence of content knowledge shown by:

  • a posted degree in the content area of this position; or
  • a posted minor in the content area of this position; or
  • passing Praxis Subject Assessments scores (formerly Praxis II) in the content area of this position; or
  • an endorsement in the content area of this position

The following are preferred:

  • Evidence of experience working with special education students.
  • Experience working collaboratively to support the Individualized Education Plan (IEP) needs of special education students in a public school setting.


Bargaining Unit: AEA
Work Year: 182 Days per year, 12 contract payments
Work Day: 8 hours per day
FTE: Full time, 1.0 FTE

This position requires a valid Alaska certificate and is represented by the Anchorage Education Association (AEA) union. The number of work days is established and salary is based upon the AEA negotiated pay scale. Information on both can be found online at

Positions which are .50 to 1.0 FTE are in the Alaska Teachers' Retirement System (TRS), positions which are .40 to .49 FTE are in the Alaska Public Employees' Retirement System (PERS). Positions which are .39 FTE or less are not eligible for participation in either Alaska retirement system.


Amanda Graham, Recruiter
Anchorage School District

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