Sample special education teacher job description

At [School X], our 2,000-plus students are supported and inspired by nearly 200 staff members. We’re seeking a special education teacher to fill a position that’s available due to a retirement. The ideal candidate will be a skilled and motivated instructor who’s very patient and has an upbeat, positive demeanor. This person will work with and develop individualized instruction for approximately 100 students who have an array of learning disabilities and special needs. We’re looking for someone who shares our vision of increased accessibility and engagement in education — and who embodies our school’s award-winning legacy.

Objectives of this role

  • Represent [School X] within the school system as well as in the broader community
  • Innovate the special education department by using alternative and personalized instruction methods
  • Become a role model for other faculty members, students, parents, and members of the community
  • Facilitate long-term student success and further the excellence of our school district


  • Provide in-classroom instruction and guidance to students
  • Assess student skills and learning abilities
  • Develop personalized learning plans and monitor progress for each student
  • Create engaging lesson plans and activities that aid learning and development
  • Communicate closely with parents and guardians regarding student development
  • Mediate classroom conflicts and resolve student interpersonal issues

Required skills and qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) in education
  • Four or more years of teaching experience in a technical school or college prep setting
  • Proven success in teaching students who have unique learning abilities
  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and mediation skills

Preferred skills and qualifications

  • Master’s degree (or equivalent) in education
  • Additional certification