Position Description

Special Education Teacher (2024-2025)
Location GH Texas
Job Category Academy - Special Services Faculty (SPED, ESL, 504/MTSS, Intervention, Counseling, Behavior Spec.)
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Job Title:         Special Education Teacher                                Exemption Status/Test: Exempt/Professional

Reports to:      Headmaster                                                      Dept. /School:  Assigned Campus

Primary Purpose:

To provide educational services to students with disabilities, responsible for planning, developing, delivering and evaluating appropriate individualized educational services, learning programs and instruction in both self- contained and integrated settings in consultation with other school personnel.

Qualifications: Education/Certification:

  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited university
  • Valid Texas teaching certificate with required endorsements or training for subject and level assigned (preferred)
  • Demonstrate competency in the core academic subject area assigned
  • Valid Texas Special Education certification

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of core academic subject assigned Knowledge of curriculum and instruction
  • Ability to instruct students and manage their behavior
  • Strong organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Knowledge of local, state, and federal regulations and policies affecting special education Knowledge of current special education practices and methodologies
  • Knowledge of educational technology applications

Experience: 1 year of successful Special Education teaching experience in a K-12 school (preferred)

Major Responsibilities and Duties

Instructional Strategies

  • Develop and implement lesson plans that fulfill the requirements of district’s curriculum program and show written evidence of preparation as required. Prepare lessons that reflect accommodations/modifications for differences in individual student differences.
  • Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, equipment, and technology that reflect understanding of the needs of students’ assigned and present subject matter according to guidelines established by Texas Education Agency, board policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Conduct formal/informal assessments of assigned students and use results to plan instructional activities.
  • Work cooperatively with general education teachers to modify curricula as needed for special education students according to guidelines established in the Individualized Education Program (IEP).Plan and assign work to instructional aide(s) and volunteer(s) and oversee completion.

Student Growth and Development

  • Conduct ongoing assessment of student achievement through formal and informal testing.
  • Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities asassigned.
  • Be a positive role model for students; support mission of the school district.
  • Prepares all required paperwork for students Admission, Review and Dismissal (ARD) meeting within timelines.
  • Attends and participates in ARD meetings.

Classroom Management and Organization

  • Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  • Manage student behavior through monitoring, supervising, and assessing behavioral patterns and when necessary develop and implementing a behavior intervention plan based upon results of the functional behavior assessment in accordance with students’ IEPs.
  • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  • Assist in selecting books, equipment, and other instructional materials.
  • Compile, maintain, and file all reports, records, and other documents required.
  • Plan, develop and implement individualized learning plans for each student.


  • Establish and maintain a professional relationship and open communication with parents, students, colleagues, and community members.
  • Assist parents with understanding and supporting educational objectives, learning expectations and behavioral standards.
  • Maintain regular communication with parents by means of email, phone calls, conferences, progress reports and report cards.

Professional Growth and Development

  • Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  • Comply with state, district, and school regulations and policies for classroom teachers.
  • Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of special education best practices and trends.

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Direct the work of assigned instructional aide(s).

Personal Qualities & Values

Passionately Committed

With humility and curiosity, we seek to know more about our core purpose; seek to share (with each other and with others externally as an advocate); seek to live the mission ourselves with relentless pursuit and intrinsic motivation; seek to understand our work and how it serves the mission…which should result in getting the right stuff done with measurable results because we love actualization – not just the theory

Servant’s Heart

The foundational element of having a servant’s heart is the acknowledgement of inherent dignity in their fellow human. Someone with a servant’s heart believes that their work is to promote the development of those around them and make it possible for others to be successful in serving the mission of the organization.

Team Player

We believe our mission can only be accomplished through collaboration and receive true joy in being a part of something greater than ourselves; Each of us is one part of a whole, each with different roles, expertise and responsibilities; working together in synchronicity


Great Hearts offers a very competitive benefits package and overall compensation will be commensurate with talent, experience and education.

This document describes the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and is not an exhaustive list of all responsible and duties that may be assigned or skills that may be required.

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