Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Core Tasks Include:
- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
- Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
- Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
- Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
- Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
- Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
- Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
- 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.
- Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
- Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
- 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.
- Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
- Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
- Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
- Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
- 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.
- Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
Supplemental Tasks Include:
- 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.
- Provide interpretation and transcription of regular classroom materials through Braille and sign language.
- Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
- Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
The data sources for the information displayed here include: O*NET™ 16.0.