The Watson Institute is hiring a full-time special education teacher at Friendship Academy, a special education school for children with emotional and behavioral disorders located 4 miles east of Pittsburgh, PA.
At the Watson Institute, we invest in our employees personally and professionally. Check out a few of the employee benefits you’ll receive as a Watson employee:
- Teacher Loan Forgiveness and Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program access for employees who meet the forgiveness program requirements.
- Ongoing professional development through continued education opportunities, training, and direct staff support.
- Access to Tuition Reimbursement to pursue further education and advanced degrees.
- Excellent medical, dental, vision, and additional voluntary benefits.
- 403b retirement plan with employer contributions and match after 1 year of employment.
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Location: Friendship, PA
Special Education Teacher Responsibilities:
- Develop, implement, and revise the individualized education program (IEP) for each assigned student
- Work collaboratively with content area teachers/ancillary teachers to plan, develop, and implement courses
- Demonstrate planning and preparation strategies and skills
- Implement strategies for motivating and managing students (i.e. Student Behavior Management System)
- Demonstrate a range of instructional approaches and alternative methods of assessment appropriate for the strengths and needs of diverse learners, including direct instruction, inquiry-based learning and hands-on projects
- Monitor and evaluate student progress
- Provide academic feedback to students along with regular progress reports
- Demonstrate communication and interpersonal skills appropriate for working in a multifaceted program
- Update Friendship Academy curriculum documents, based on established curriculum cycle
- Complete paperwork as required by the program
- Other duties as assigned by supervisor
Special Education Teacher Requirements:
- Bachelor’s degree required; Master’s degree preferred
- Active Pennsylvania teaching certification in special education required; 7-12 Certification preferred
- Dual teaching certification preferred
- Related work experience in field is preferred
- Current Acts 34, 114 and 151 clearances required
- Ability to exert moderate physical effort, typically involving some combination of bending, stooping, squatting, reaching, kneeling, and brisk walking
- Ability to physically restrain students for their safety and the safety of others