Special Education Teacher

Horizon Montessori Public Schools

job description



Provide special education students with 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 student ability levels. Work in self- contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned.




Education and/or Experience:

  1. Bachelor’s degree from accredited university

  2. Valid Texas teaching certificate with required special education endorsements for assignments


Special Knowledge/Skills:

  1. Knowledge of special needs of students in assigned area

  1. Knowledge of Admission, Review, and Dismissal (ARD) Committee process and Individual Education Plan (IEP) goal setting process and implementation

  2. General knowledge of curriculum and instruction


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:

At least one year student teaching or approved internship


Major Responsibilities and Duties:

Instructional Strategies

  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. 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. Work cooperatively with classroom teachers to modify regular curricula as needed and assist special education students in regular classes with assignments.

  5. Participate in ARD Committee meetings on a regular basis.

  6. Conduct assessment of student learning styles and use results to plan for instructional activities.

  7. Present subject matter according to guidelines established by IEP.

  8. Employ a variety of instructional techniques and media to meet the needs and capabilities of each student


  10. Plan and supervise assignments for teacher aide(s) and volunteer(s).

  11. Use technology in teaching/learning process.

  12. Be able to maintain ARD and SPED logs and documentation.

  13. Ability to provide virtual/distance learning to students via Google Classroom and other multimedia options in response to pandemics, natural disasters, catastrophic events, etc.


Student Growth and Development

  1. Conduct ongoing assessments of student achievement through formal and informal testing.

  2. Provide or supervise personal care, medical care, and feeding of students as stated in IEP.

  3. Assume responsibility for extracurricular activities as assigned. Sponsor outside activities approved by campus principal.

  4. Be a positive role model for students; support mission of school district.


Classroom Management and Organization

  1. Create classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate for the physical, social, and emotional development of students.

  2. Manage student behavior and administer discipline. This includes intervening in crisis situations and physically restraining students as necessary according to IEP.

  3. Consult with classroom teachers regarding management of student behavior according to IEP.

  4. Consult district and outside resource people regarding education, social, medical, and personal needs of students.

  5. Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, equipment, materials, and facilities.

  6. Assist in selection of books, equipment, and other instructional materials.



  1. Establish and maintain open communication by conducting conferences with parents, students, principals, and teachers.

  2. Maintain a professional relationship with colleagues, students, parents, and community members.

  3. Use effective communication skills to present information accurately and clearly.



Professional Growth and Development:

  1. Participate in staff development activities to improve job-related skills.



  1. Keep informed of and comply with federal, state, district, and school regulations and policies for special education teachers.

  2. Compile, maintain, and file all physical and computerized reports, records, and other documents required.

  3. Attend and participate in faculty meetings and serve on staff committees as required.



Supervisory Responsibilities:

Supervise assigned teacher aide(s).


Equipment Used:


Computer, telephone, printer, copier, fax machine and calculator audio visual equipment.


Working Conditions:


Maintain emotional control under stress. Frequent standing, stooping, bending, kneeling, pushing, and pulling. Move small stacks of textbooks, media equipment, desks, and other classroom or adaptive equipment. May be required to lift and position students with physical disabilities; control behavior through physical restraint; and assist non-ambulatory students. Exposure to biological hazards.


In accordance with TEA regulations, STET/HMPS will provide virtual/distance learning when it is necessary. This platform will be conducted either from a classroom or a location other than the school building, as approved by the Superintendent.  Employee will be subject to virtual/distance learning policies and procedures as set forth in the employee handbook. 



STET/HMPS considers applications for all positions without regard to race, color, national origin, age, religion, sex, marital status, veteran or military status, the presence of a medical condition, disability, or any other legally protected status.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (A.D.A.) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position.  Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned. 

contact information

business: Horizon Montessori Public Schools
contact: Jenilee Farias
address: 2319 N Grand Blvd
Pearland, TX 77581
phone: 956-969-3092 (Call Now)
website: http://www.hmps.net

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