NASET News Alert

Special Education Teachers

March 13, 2019


The Teacher is responsible for providing an educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, spiritual and psychological growth. This person is responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program that will maximize the learning experience of students with special needs, in academics, interpersonal skills and activities of daily living by implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities, outcomes; addressing students’ specific needs; providing a safe and optimal learning environment.


  • Prepare thorough and complete lesson plans and instruct students in accordance with established curriculum and student need.
  • Assess student needs and performance.  Develop, implement and evaluate daily lesson plans, to include scheduled activities and materials.  Modify instruction to meet the needs of each child.
  • Prepares teaching materials and related reports (e.g. grades, attendance, anecdotal records, etc.) for the purpose of implementing lesson plans and documenting student progress.
  • Implement a developmentally appropriate integrated curriculum design which emphasizes building meaningful content connections for the students.
  • Establish a positive learning environment, prepare, deliver and respond with differentiated instruction to meet the needs of students.
  • Plan, organize and display classroom materials appropriate to curricular activities.
  • Uses and implements classroom management techniques to maintain organization, orderliness, student safety, and a productive learning environment.
  • Plans instruction and implement instructional techniques to encourage and motivate students.
  • Uses data to inform program effectiveness and student success. Document progress on student goals and share with families a minimum of quarterly.
  • Use technology to enhance learning.
  • Evaluate students’ performance regarding achievements in curriculum and activities.  Make necessary provisions to meet learning needs.
  • Promote positive relations with parents through ongoing communication and conferences.
  • Informs/Advises parents and/or legal guardians of student activities, progress, attendance, areas for improvement and methods for reinforcing classroom goals in the home environment.
  • Ensure parents and students are informed of methods of evaluation used in the classroom.
  • Inform parents of student progress and school activities.  Advise parents of instructional methods that may assist student.
  • Participates as a member of an instructional team to develop and promote learning activities for students that is built on an integrated continuum curriculum, consistent with district and school education objectives.
  • Collaborate with specialists and general education teachers as needed to assist students.
  • Direct student workers, teacher assistant and classroom volunteers to maximize their efficiency and meet work requirements.
  • Participate in a variety of meetings including professional learning communities to discuss, share, evaluate results, problems, success stories and to plan ways to solve student issues or increase student achievement.
  • Report incidents (e.g. fights, suspected child abuse, suspected substance abuse, etc.) in order to maintain personal safety of students, provide a positive learning environment and adhere to Education Code, District and/or school policies.
  • Collaborate with school personnel, parents and various community agencies for the purpose of improving the quality of student outcomes, developing solutions and planning
  • Curriculum.
  • Support student needs: academic, social, daily loving skills, motor, and communication.
  • Performs other related duties, as assigned, for the purpose of ensuring the efficient and effective functioning of the work unit, school and district.


See job posting website for complete job description.



  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college/university
  • Valid Arizona Special Education teaching certificate
  • Certain endorsement(s) and/or approved content areas may be required for certain positions
  • Must meet North Central Association (NCA) requirements in respective subject, such as Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies or Foreign Language


Hard to Fill Stipend $3,500-$6,000


Sarah Clem
Director of Exceptional Student Services
Please apply on-line at