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Teacher, Preschool/Primary Special Day Class

  • Certificated

Under general supervision, serves as classroom teacher in a Special Day Class setting, and creates a flexible program and environment favorable to learning and personal growth in accordance with each student's Individual Educational Plan.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The individual must satisfactorily meet the California Standards for the Teaching Profession. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Ability to pass a Department of Justice (DOJ) fingerprint clearance
  • Completion of a Bachelor's degree, Master's preferred
  • Legal authorization to work in the U.S.
  • Possession of a Clear and valid California Teaching Credential, in appropriate content area, as required by the California Education Code
  • Possession of an English Learner Authorization (CLAD), as per by Board policy, may be required
  • Within 60 days of hire, provision of TB (tuberculin) clearance, as mandated by the California Education Code
  • Provides activities that address perceptual, social and developmental skills on the level of the pupil's emotional, physical, and intellectual needs as determined by Individual Educational Plan (IEP).
  • Instructs handicapped students who exhibit behavioral, neurological, and/or emotional problems of such severity that satisfactory progress cannot be expected in the regular preschool settings.
  • Provides individual and small group instruction in areas identified by student's IEP goals.
  • Involves students in individualized and small group activities which relate to the student's total growth and development.
  • Develops student competencies that promote personal hygiene, social skills, physical development, and safety skills as needed by each student.
  • Provides support services to other classrooms as directed by supervisor.
  • Administers student assessments required by the IEP and District goals.
  • Evaluates academic and social growth of students and keeps appropriate records.
  • Keeps student files current.
  • Writes IEPs, annual re-evaluation reports, and other reports as needed for each student.
  • Confers with parents and staff members on each student's progress through a variety of means.
  • Holds parent conferences to discuss the individual student's progress and interpret the school program.
  • Directs activities and responsibilities of paraprofessionals and any other individuals assigned to the classroom, including volunteers.
  • Creates an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays such as bulletin boards, interest centers, etc.
  • Helps students develop acceptable student behavior, attitudes and social skills recommended by their IEPs.
  • Maintains a clean, healthy, and safe environment for all students.
  • Evaluates, secures, and creates materials appropriate to students with learning handicaps within available funding limitations.
  • Acts as liaison with school community personnel on problems related to special day class students.
  • Attends workshops, staff meetings and in-services as required.
  • Maintains professional competence through in-service education activities provided by the District and/or professional growth activities and university courses.
  • Participates cooperatively with the appropriate administrator to develop the method by which s/he will be evaluated in conformance with District guidelines.
  • Cooperates in school-wide supervision of students during out-of-classroom activities
  • Participates in faculty and/or District committees.
  • Participates in general school activities where appropriate.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned by supervisor.

Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls and reach with hands and arms. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; climb or balance; and stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, and depth perception. Employee will frequently work at a computer and travel to attend meetings.


The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee occasionally works in outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate. Work environment includes working directly with children. There are a number of activities and situations happening at once, and the employee must ensure that children are supervised at all times, and that children are involved in safe and appropriate activities. The employee must be prepared to handle accidents and emergencies at any time

The job entails potential for exposure to adverse weather conditions and temperature extremes; exposure to blood-borne pathogens and communicable diseases; and for interaction with disruptive and/or unruly individuals.

Work Year: 187 days

Revision Date: 11/01/2016

Initial date: 03/20/2017

Equal Opportunity Employer in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act and all other applicable federal, state, and local laws.