Education Specialist Introduction

Under the supervision of the Special Education Director and Regional Director, the Education Specialist provides services that meet the educational needs of each student in the Education Specialist’s area of responsibility.

Serves as an Education Specialist to students from Preschool through Transitions.  Evaluates needs of children within the educational system or school.  Applies scientific principles in assessment, curriculum, and behavior interventions. Conducts case management and supervision of caseload. Attends school meetings and completes assessment reports. Provides specific disability area services related to academic, social and emotional needs; special education services to individuals with impairments across special education disability areas.

The Education Specialist facilitates the prevention, identification, evaluation, and treatment of children according to established IEPs and 504 plans. Employees in this job class receive limited supervision from a school administrator or designee and will consult and provide services in a variety of

classrooms/school/early intervention settings at more than one site, with many different educational team members, within a framework of special education policies and procedures.

This job class requires independent judgment, well-developed communication skills, and the ability to work in a variety of settings. Services may be provided on a direct, consultative or monitoring basis.

  • Complete Evaluations in the areas related to academics, and other areas based on Student need.
  • Conduct data collection and analysis. Gather information through interviews, observations, and other meaningful practices to solicit relevant information regarding Student’s overall functioning.
  • Progress monitoring, consultation and collaboration with school personnel and parents (Family-school-community collaboration).
  • Coordinates, writes, develops, implements IEPs.
  • Plans IEP meetings, coordinates with other IEP team members, and serves as liaison to members, including community agencies.
  • Recommends modifications of IEP as needed; disseminates progress reports; communicates with district personnel to secure information and records and to facilitate transitions.
  • Ability to understand and implement School and District-wide practices to promote learning.
  • Knowledge of research-based and best practices related to academic achievement.
  • Assess students through the use of appropriate tests and informal measurements.
  • Participate in identification, screening, evaluation, and prepare reports and other required paperwork.
  • Facilitate enrollment and placement of students in speech and other appropriate Special Education programs.
  • Provide services to remediate and reduce impairments that interfere with Student’s educational program.
  • Provide diagnostic and services plans and services to students from diverse cultural backgrounds.
  • Provide direct services for identified student aimed toward correction or improvement of the disability through implementation of the IEP.
  • Schedule identified students to receive individual or group therapy and/or classroom consultation.
  • Develop and implement an IEP for pupils with academic, social, and emotional deficits that meet state criteria.
  • Conference and consult with parents, school site personnel and other support staff.
  • Special Education and General Education functions- attendance to IEPs, 504s, and other meetings (Education Specialist’s responsibility and role which require meeting attendance).
  • Implement and support diversity in development and learning.
  • Continuously promote research-based and best practices.
  • Abide by Professional ethics, school law, and systems. Maintain Professional Competence.
  • Provide for student supervision which ensures student safety consistent with district and school expectations.
  • Completion of Satisfactory reports within mandated timelines and as requested by supervisor.
  • Professional and meaningful presentation of assessment reports.
  • Provides leadership on the Student Study Team in identifying students with special needs; coordinates development of assessment plans; assesses and evaluates learning needs of individual students.
  • Assist staff members in communicating and implementing program goals and objectives; confer and communicate as needed with parents, and staff members on student’s progress to involve parents and staff in the development of the IEP.
  • Monitor and provide materials and lesson plans for instruction to staff.
  • Provide Specialized Academic Instruction to students on caseload.
  • Provide support services to the general education teacher when exceptional students are mainstreamed, as appropriate.
  • Report progress on goals within required timelines; train and oversee the instructional activities of a paraprofessional, if assigned.
  • Provide an atmosphere and environment that alleviates the effect of the student’s functional handicap and is conducive to the intellectual, physical, and social/emotional development of students.
  • Knowledge of district, and state adopted curriculum.
  • Keeps logs of student progress and goals. Maintain records of each student’s development and progress.
  • Ongoing communication with individuals who are involved in the development and implementation of the student’s IEP.
  • Supervise paraprofessionals, as assigned.
  • Other duties may be assigned.
  • BA or BS from accredited college or university & Successful teaching experience.
  • Appropriate credential issued related to specific Special Education assignment.
  • Appearance, grooming and personality which establish a desirable example for students.
  • Ability to meet Company standards for physical and mental health.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below 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.

Reasoning Ability
Ability to apply principles of logical or scientific thinking to a wide range of intellectual and practical problems. Ability to deal with nonverbal symbolism (formulas, scientific equations, graphs, musical notes, etc.,) in its most difficult phases. Ability to deal with a variety of abstract and concrete variables.

Physical Demands
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 frequently required to sit. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear.

The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 20 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.

Work Environment
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. The noise level in the work environment is usually mild.

The following documents and/or information must be submitted with your application:

  • Resume
  • Introduction Letter
  • Unofficial Transcripts
  • 3 References (professor, former colleague or supervisor)
  • Copy of current California Credential specializing in Special Education.

After the interview and screening of the applicant, the candidate must complete:

  • Fingerprint and TB Clearances
  • Submit official transcripts
  • Welcome Package!

Highly competitive salary and benefits package. Full medical, vision, and dental benefits. We provide mentor ship to help you succeed. In addition, tuition reimbursement options and professional membership fees support are available.