NASET News Alert

Special Education Teacher

May 19, 2020

Washington, DC


*Due to COVID-19, our Teacher qualifications have been adjusted for the 2020-21 school year*

We are looking for highly motivated and skilled Special Education teachers to join our team at District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS). We seek individuals who are passionate about transforming the DC school system and making a significant difference in the lives of public school students, parents, principals, teachers, and central office employees.

DCPS serves more than 51,000 students in the nation's capital through the efforts of approximately 4,000 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, 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.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The below statements are intended to describe the general nature and scope of work being performed by this position. This is not a complete listing of all responsibilities, duties, and/or skills required. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Sets and reinforces clear expectations and routines that are aligned with the school’s overall vision. Develops and implements curricula and activities to meet academic standards.
  • Thoughtfully plans daily lessons and implements specific strategies to meet the needs of all students, providing extra support, enrichment, or variation of work when necessary.
  • Demonstrates strong content knowledge.
  • Designs and implements assessments that measure progress towards academic standards; and diagnoses areas of student misunderstanding.
  • Uses assessment data to refine curriculum; and informs instructional practices.
  • Is accountable for students’ academic growth; and increases each individual student’s achievement. Creates a positive, achievement-oriented learning environment.
  • Reflects on successes and areas of growth as a teacher, seeks to improve performance, and responds to feedback.
  • Participates in collaborative curriculum development, grade-level activities, and school-wide functions. Invests parents and families in their children’s academic success through regular communication.


Bachelor's degree.

Must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • OSSE-issued credential or valid credential from another state
  • 1 year of full-time lead teaching experience
  • Enrolled in a teacher preparation program
  • Registered for at least 2 of the 4 required educator credential exams
  • Previous exposure to or experience in the education sector a plus.
  • 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.


$56,313 - $90,905 + performance bonuses up to $25K after first year


  • 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 home buyers in DC)
  • HUD Good Neighbor Next Door Program (50% off the list price for HUD homes)
  • Discounted memberships to Washington Sports Clubs


Teach DCPS

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