Developmental Disabilities, Early Childhood, Special Education Teacher Pre-K to 12
4 Year Degree
The San Diego County Office of Education is recruiting for a Special Education Teacher - Infant/Toddler position for the HOPE Infant Family Support Program. The position will provide itinerant services to young children and their families in the North San Diego County area and will be based out of the North County Regional Education Center in San Marcos. Please note that the candidate for this position must be bilingual: fluent in Spanish and English.
The Special Education Teacher provides special instruction focused on promoting caregiver-child interactions within the context of everyday activities and routines as the foundation of effective early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. The Special Education Teacher is the primary service provider who meets with families regularly to collaborate on intervention strategies that address IFSP outcomes in the context of everyday routines. Along with the support of other team members, the Special Education Teacher assists the family to implement intervention strategies and meet the needs of their child. Duties are typically performed in a home setting and will work with young children with a variety of disabilities, birth to age three, and their families.
Bilingual (Spanish) Required
A valid California Education Specialist Instruction Credential in Early Childhood Special Education or other Special Education Credential authorizing instruction to infants and toddlers (ages birth to 3)
Three years of successful experience in early childhood programs for children with special needs
Experience with Infants and Toddlers (Birth to Age 3)
Valid California Driver's License
Proof of all required immunizations including current Measles and Pertussis vaccination
To be considered for this position, please individually attach the following items to your completed EDJOIN Application:
Resume, detailing education and experience
Letter of Introduction
Two Letters of Recommendation
A valid California Education Specialist Instruction Credential in Early Childhood Special Education or other Special Education Credential authorizing instruction to infants and toddlers (ages birth-3). ***
*** We are also accepting applications for those candidates who are eligible to receive an internship credential as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing and have experience in a special education program with children birth to five years of age. To be considered for this option, please obtain and attach an Eligibility for Intern Credential letter (addressed to The San Diego County Office of Education) as issued by your university. If you have already been issued an intern credential by the CTC, please attach that document to your application. For more information, please visit: https://www.ctc.ca.gov/educator-prep/intern/default.
JOB DESCRIPTION TEACHER, SPECIAL EDUCATION – INFANT/TODDLER
Purpose Statement: The Teacher, Special Education – Infant/Toddler provides special instruction focused on promoting caregiver-child interactions within the context of everyday activities and routines as the foundation of effective early intervention for infants and toddlers with developmental delays or disabilities. This position is the primary service provider who meets with families regularly to collaborate on intervention strategies that address IFSP outcomes in the context of everyday routines. Along with the support of other team members, assists the family to implement intervention strategies and meet the needs of their child. Works with children with a variety of disabilities, birth to age three, and their families.
Because each person is born with inherent worth and dignity, and because equitable access and opportunity are essential to a just, educated society, SDCOE employee commitments include being respectful of differences and diverse perspectives, as well as being accountable for their actions and their impact.
Representative Duties: This position description is intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the employee assigned to the position. This description is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, abilities, and working conditions associated with the position. Incumbents may be required to perform any combination of these duties.
Provide direct support and coaching to families
Provide relationship-based intervention utilizing both reflective and developmentally appropriate practices with families and children
Educate parents and others regarding models of early intervention services and current research.
Support and encourage parents to identify and access supports and community resources that will meet their needs.
Participate in initial evaluations and ongoing assessment as a member of a multi-disciplinary team
Develop family centered child goals and outcomes and implements activities to support the outcomes
Write IFSP’s (Individual Family Service Plans) in collaboration with the parent, other agencies and/or team members within required timelines and following legal requirements
Coordinate service provision for families and function in the role of service coordinator when required
Consult with parents, other service providers, and representatives of appropriate community agencies to ensure the effective provision of services
Complete all required assessments/evaluations and related reports required by Education Code, Department of Education or the program within timelines
Supervise and guide Early Intervention Assistant in collaborative service to families
Monitor implementation of all IFSP services for children on caseload
Design and conduct training for team members, other agencies, and/or families
Make appropriate referrals to other professionals and agencies on behalf of the child and family as needed
Utilizes adult learning approaches to support caregivers’ competence and confidence in meeting their child’s needs
Collaborate with San Diego Regional Center (SDRC) service coordinators and Part B district representatives to ensure successful integration and transition to preschool programs, services and/or community options at age three
Participate and attend staff meetings, professional development, reflective groups, related workshops and trainings
Collaborate with peers in work groups to improve professional practice and meet program goals
Drive to home visits and community settings to provide services in the child’s natural environment
Demonstrate professionalism in all work
Perform other related duties as assigned.
Job Requirements: Minimum Qualifications: Knowledge and Abilities KNOWLEDGE OF: Principles, theories, practices, methods and techniques used in working with infant/toddlers; Applicable laws, rules, regulations, and policies; Equipment used in the course of providing services.
ABILITY TO: Organize and manage assigned caseload; Establish and maintain effective relationships with those contacted in the course of work; Maintain records and prepare reports; Communicate effectively both orally and in writing; Create a positive listening environment; Monitor and evaluate student progress; Train and provide work direction to others; Maintain current knowledge of program rules, regulations, requirements and restriction; Analyze situations accurately and adopt an effective course of action; Work independently with little direction; Meet schedules and timelines; Provide quality services to diverse populations and demonstrate cultural humility
Working Environment: ENVIRONMENT: Duties are typically performed in a home setting. May be designated in an alternate work setting using computer-based equipment to perform duties.
PHYSICAL ABILITIES: Must be able to hear and speak to exchange information; see to perform assigned duties; sit or stand for extended periods of time; possess dexterity of hands and fingers to operate computer and other office equipment; kneel, bend at the waist, and reach overhead, above the shoulders and horizontally, to retrieve and store files; lift up to 25 lbs. All requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate individuals with a disability.
Education and Experience
Experience: Three (3) years successful experience in early childhood programs for children with special needs. Experience with infants and toddlers from birth to age 3. Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for assessment, writing IFSPs, providing consultation, support and strategies to families of young children with disabilities; and
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in education or related field; or
Equivalency: A combination of education and experience equivalent to a bachelor’s degree in education or related field and three (3) years successful experience in early childhood programs for children with special needs. Experience with infants and toddlers from birth to age 3. Experience working as part of a multidisciplinary team responsible for assessment, writing IFSPs, providing consultation, support and strategies to families of young children with disabilities.
Required Testing: N/A
Certificates, Licenses, Credentials: Valid California Education Specialist teaching credential with an authorization in Early Childhood Special Education; or equivalent document. Valid California Driver’s License Proof of all required immunizations including current Measles and Pertussis vaccinations.
Continuing Educ./Training: N/A
Clearances: Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance Physical Exam including drug screen Tuberculosis Clearance
Please note that your completed online application must include all of the required supplemental documentation. Emailed or Faxed supplemental documents will not be accepted. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Employment with the San Diego County Office of Education is contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer background check and physical exam, which includes a drug and alcohol screening. All required California Credentials (if applicable, as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) must be confirmed prior to employment with SDCOE. The San Diego County Office of Education is an equal opportunity employer.
The San Diego County Office of Education offers a highly competitive benefits package, which includes medical, dental, life insurance, and vision coverage. This position is also eligible to participate in the State Teacher's Retirement System.
Additional Salary Information: Length of Work Year
190 days, 6.75 hours per day
Internal Number: PAF 3251
About San Diego County Office of Education
The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) serves our county’s most vulnerable students, and supports school leaders, teachers, and students across the county. We support nearly 780? schools and more than 500,000 students, including the 3,150 children we educate each year through our Juvenile Court and Community Schools. SDCOE provides a variety of services for the 42 school districts, 124 charter schools, and five community college districts in the county.
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