Beacon Light Behavioral Health System
  • Snyder County, PA
  • McClure, PA, USA
  • Salary
  • Full Time

Comprehensive Benefits Package

SUMMARY: A special education teacher for students in grades k-12 teaches one or more subjects for students that may range in grades k-12. Teachers may use creativity, humor and imagination to develop schemes of work and to plan lessons in order to foster a healthy culture of learning within the classroom and to generate the most effective interactions with pupils.  

The special education teacher is responsible for providing accommodations to students who function on an IEP. When a student's IEP is due, the special education teacher is the teacher of record for a caseload of students. Caseload numbers will depend on the disability of the students.

Teachers encourage, monitor and record the progress of individual pupils, and devise and tailor resources accordingly. They must also keep up to date with developments in their subject area, new resources, methods and national and state objectives/standards.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university with Pennsylvania Certification in Special education.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following. Other duties may be assigned. 

  • Planning curriculum and preparing lessons, course objectives and other instructional materials to meet individual need of students, considering state and school requirements/standards, physical, emotional, and educational levels of development.
  • Correcting work, giving appropriate feedback and maintaining records of student progress and development
  • Researching new topic areas, maintaining up-to-date subject knowledge and then devising and writing new curriculum materials
  • Selecting and using a range of different learning resources and equipment
  • Supporting students on an individual basis through academic or personal difficulties
  • Supporting content area teachers in preparing students for state exams PSSA, Keystone
  • Managing student behavior in the classroom and on school premises, and applying appropriate and effective measures in cases of misbehavior
  • Participating in and organizing extracurricular activities, such as outings, social activities
  • Participating in departmental meetings, parent meetings and whole school training events
  • Liaising with other professionals, such as sending school districts special education teachers, educational psychologists, etc.
  • Undergoing regular observations and participating in in-service training as part of continuing professional development
  • Utilizing a variety of assessment techniques to monitor student performance.
  • Maximizing student time on task
  • Maintaining appropriate records on each student including completing all pre and post testing in academic areas and report cards upon discharge from program.
  • Implementing individualized education plans for students with a disability
  • Completing grade progress reports, report cards, IEP progress reports, lesson plans and any other required paperwork by the due date
  • Preparing standards based IEPs for scheduled meeting dates and turning in final copy within one week of meeting date
  • Adopting IEPs for newly admitted students
  • Completing progress monitoring for identified areas in each student's IEP on caseload
  • Provide updates for local school districts
  • Complete the Summary of Performance for graduates
  • Provide ESY instruction and IEP progress for identified students
  • Exhibiting professionalism which includes: 
    • Supervising students and following schedules.
    • Using behavior management techniques
    • Using appropriate counseling techniques to assist in the client's treatment
    • Interacting with the resident's in a respectful manner that is appropriate for the situation.
    • Knowing and functioning within the framework of the resident's Treatment Plan.
    • Completing additional duties as may be assigned.
    • Honoring Pennsylvania's Code of Professional Practice and Conduct for Educators

PROBATION EXPECTATIONS: Must demonstrate during probation competencies in the following areas:


Teaching in an MH/MR Setting

Participating in IEP development with teacher of record

Working with MH/MR Clients

Entering information on IEP Progress Reports

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