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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School Description

Teach secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School Tasks
Core Tasks
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
Supplemental Tasks
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
  • Provide interpretation and transcription of regular classroom materials through Braille and sign language.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.

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