Special Education Teacher/Elementary

Conroe ISD

Provide students with special needs learning activities and experiences designed to help them fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Develop or modify curricula and prepare lessons and other instructional materials to allow students to access enrolled grade level curriculum.

  1. Collaborate with students, parents, and other members of staff to develop IEP through the ARD Committee process for each student assigned.
  2. Implement an instructional, therapeutic, or skill development program for assigned students and show written evidence of preparation as required.
  3. Conduct assessment of student learning styles. Plan and use appropriate instructional and learning strategies, activities, materials, and equipment that reflect understanding of the learning styles and needs of students assigned.
  4. Present subject matter effectively and according to guidelines established by IEP. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media including technology to meet the needs and capabilities of each student assigned. Adhere to the District’s philosophy of instruction.
  5. Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modify regular curricula as needed, and assist special education students in regular classes with assignments.
  6. Participate in ARD Committee meetings on a regular basis.
  7. Participate in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional media.
  8. Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing.
  9. Provide or supervise personal care, medical care, and feeding of students as stated in IEP.
  10. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned. Sponsor outside activities approved by campus principal.
  11. Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of students.
  12. Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  13. Manage student behavior utilizing Positive Behavior Supports, including intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining students as necessary according to IEP.
  14. Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of student behavior according to IEP.
  15. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.
  16. Plan and assign the work of teacher aide(s) and supervise implementation.
  17. Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.
  18. Maintain professional relationships with parents, students, and colleagues.
  19. Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.
  20. Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers.
  21. Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.
  22. Attend and participate in faculty meetings, and serve on staff committees as required.


  1. Seamlessly integrate District-approved online learning platforms and required software into the planning, delivery, and support of virtual instruction.
  2. Plan, prepare, implement, and evaluate lessons and activities during the standard work hours of the campus at which the teacher is assigned, as well as prolonged or irregular hours.
  3. Be able to communicate with students, parents, and campus and District personnel during the standard work hours of the campus at which the teacher is assigned, as well as prolonged or irregular hours.
  4. Adhere to all professional responsibilities and deadlines including professional communication and responsiveness.
  5. Be flexible, responsive, and positive with students, parents, and staff.
  6. Effectively translate CISD Best Practices into the virtual instructional setting.
  7. Regularly attend and apply District-approved professional development in the most up-to-date practices associated with virtual instruction.
  8. Accurately and timely obtain and report required student data, including attendance, grades, etc.
  9. Dress professionally as you would if you were offering instruction to students in a traditional, in-person setting.
  10. Teach and interact with students from a quiet space, free from distraction, where appropriate confidentiality rules can be followed.
  11. Create a virtual classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.
  12. Provide small group and tutoring opportunities for students who are experiencing difficulty in their learning.
  13. Support any extracurricular activities for which you are responsible according to District guidelines.
  14. Complete the CISD Reading Academy according to established timelines at the time of hire.
  15. Attend all required campus and District meetings.


  • Bachelor’s degree from accredited college/university
  • Valid Texas teaching certificate for special education
  • If an individual is providing content instruction in a special education classroom setting, a valid certificate that matches the subject and grade level of the assignment is also required, or the individual must demonstrate competency through the state’s 2010 and 2011 high objective uniform State standard of evaluation for elementary and secondary special education teachers
  • Valid ESL certification
  • Valid Reading Academy Certificate of Completion, if applicable

Special Knowledge/Skills:

  • Knowledge of special needs of students in assigned area
  • Knowledge of Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goal setting process and implementation
  • Knowledge of how to adapt curriculum and instruction for special needs
  • Training in Crisis prevention and behavior intervention strategies
  • Training in strategies for positive behavioral supports
  • Effective communication

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: Direct the work of instructional aide(s) if assigned.

Mental Demands/Physical Demands/Environmental Factors: Maintain emotional control under stress.

Tools/Equipment Used: Personal computer and peripherals, and other instructional equipment.

Posture: Prolonged standing; frequent kneeling/squatting, bending/stooping, pushing/pulling, and twisting.

Motion: Frequent walking.

Lifting: May require regular heavy lifting (45 pounds or more) and positioning of students with physical disabilities, control behavior through physical restraint, assist nonambulatory students, and lift and move adaptive and other classroom equipment; may work prolonged or irregular hours.

Environment: Exposure to biological hazards.

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