Special Education LIFE Teacher (2018-2019 SY) - Irving HS

Irving Independent School District Irving, TX

Provide special education students with appropriate learning activities and experiences in the most appropriate environment designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth; develop/modify curricula and prepare lessons and teacher instructional materials according to ability levels; work in self-contained, team, departmental, or itinerant capacity as assigned.


Bachelor's Degree

Valid Texas Teacher's Certificate with appropriate endorsement for teaching area


Ability to develop IEP and participate in ARD process; knowledge of curriculum; knowledge of special needs of students; knowledge of policies and practices addressing specific duties and responsibilities of assigned position, i.e. Lead Special Education Teacher, Teacher of the Visually Impaired, Adaptive Physical Education Teacher.


At least one year of student teaching or approved internship


Instructional Strategies:

1. Collaborate with parents and staff in the development of IEPs.

2. Develop and implement social and academic programs according to IEPs.

3. Prepare for classes assigned and show evidence of preparation.

Student Growth and Development:

4. Consistently assess student progress through formal/informal testing.

5. Consistently assess and modify classroom environment to maximize student success.

6. Present positive role model for students that supports the mission of the school district.

7. Provide or seek sources to aid students in dealing with emotional/physical needs that must be met before learning can take place.

8. Provide positive and successful opportunities for students to develop positive self-esteem.

9. Provide or supervise personal care or medical care of students as stated in IEP.

Classroom Management and Organization:

10. Create a safe and positive classroom environment conducive to learning and appropriate to the cognitive, physical, social, and emotional development of the students.

11. Manage student behavior and administer discipline according to IEP.

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

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

14. Plan and supervise activities for teacher aide(s) and/or volunteer(s).


15. Communicate effectively and professionally with students, parents, personnel from community agencies, and other professional staff in the education, care, and management of students.

16. Provide on-going training, consultation, and support to school personnel.

17. Create positive team approach to inclusive educational settings.

Professional Growth and Development:

18. Participate in in-district in-service training.

19. Demonstrate interest in professional improvement.

Policy Implementation:

20. Keep informed of, and comply with, all campus, district, state, and federal policies and regulations.

21. Complete and maintain all reports, records, and documents.

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

23. Adhere to the Professional Code of Ethics.


Mental Demands:

Ability to communicate (verbal and written); ability to maintain emotional control under stress; ability to instruct.

Coordinate programming for students in a variety of educational settings with multiple interventions.

Physical Demands/Environmental Factors:

Frequent bending, stooping and heavy lifting; assisting non-ambulatory students; controlling behavior through physical restraint; biological exposure to bacterial and communicable diseases.


The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and foregoing statements describe the general purpose and responsibilities assigned to this job and are not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, and skills that may be required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.