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The Special Education Teacher provides designed instruction and educational programs for children who have a primary educational diagnosis of Autism, intellectual and/or multiple disabilities.


Planning and Preparation

  1. Prepare and teach lessons/skills that are designed to encourage academic communication, functional communication, and social growth.
  2. Develop/obtain materials needed for instruction.
  3. Adapt materials and lessons to accommodate the needs of individual students.
  4. Submit weekly lesson plans to the supervising administrator.
  5. Write IEP’s with goals and objective that parallel the essential elements/common core standards as determined by data collected by IEP team members.
  6. Consult and collaborate with respective team members when evaluating progress and determining programming needs for students.

Classroom Environment

  1. Ensure the physical layout of your classroom makes it accessible for learning when considering physical, medical, sensory, and cognitive needs.
  2. Supervise students throughout the duration of the school day, including lunch, recess, and transition periods.
  3. Apply Crisis Prevention Intervention de-escalation strategies in the school setting when student behaviors warrant intervention.
  4. Utilize Crisis Prevention Intervention restraint techniques when students and/or staff are at risk of being harmed.
  5. Use a variety of behavior management techniques.
  6. Intervene with students in a non-threatening and respectful manner.
  7. Demonstrate consistent awareness for student safety.
  8. Manage the behavior of students as individuals or groups.
  9. Implement behavior management plans if applicable.


  1. Continuously evaluate students’ performance across domains and maintain accurate records of student progress.
  2. Utilize sensory strategies.
  3. Be welcoming to a classroom based therapy model as related service providers (OT, PT, speech/language, social work, itinerant services) implement individual and group therapy sessions within the classroom setting.
  4. Teach lessons that are in line with student IEP goals and objectives.
  5. Use adaptive technology as needed.
  6. Use technology to enhance lessons.

Professional Responsibilities

  1. Participate in IEP meetings by sharing data-based student progress and future programming needs.
  2. Attend program wide and student specific training sessions on lifting, positioning, and transferring protocol to ensure safety of staff and students.
  3. Implement student-specific lifting, positioning, transferring protocol learned in respective training(s) provided by parents/PT staff.
  4. Participate in training regarding health related needs such as, but not limited to, seizure protocol, diabetes management, food and environmental allergies.
  5. Administer medications as documented on building-specific medication administration forms.
  6. Attend initial and subsequent refresher Crisis Prevention Intervention sessions to ensure safety of staff and students.
  7. Maintain a high standard of confidentiality.
  8. Demonstrate a positive attitude towards rules and regulations, notice, and comment on desirable aspects of student behavior, and demonstrate good humor and a reasonable sense of self-control over situations that help convey the attitude school can be beneficial and rewarding.
  9. Maintain a high level of respect and professionalism for students at all times.
  10. Supervise teacher assistants working in your classroom.
  11. Maintain positive and frequent communication with parents.
  12. Communicate with out of district agencies regarding student needs.  Agencies may include, but are not limited to, the following:  home school district, medical professionals, mental health professionals, Department of Children and Family Services, Department of Rehabilitation, Central Illinois Service Access, ADDWC.
  13. Maintain a high level of respect and professionalism for staff, parents, and community members at all times.
  14. Complete all paperwork/documentation accordingly that corresponds with things such as requisitions, personal day requests and professional development opportunities.
  15. Respect and abide by the ESLA policies and procedures.
  16. Participate in any mandatory trainings required by ISBE.
  17. Participate in team meetings.
  18. Complete a professional development plan in conjunction with your evaluation.
  19. Consistently self-evaluate your performance and make necessary changes/improvements.
  20. Perform all other reasonable duties as assigned by ESLA administration or the Easterseals board and adhere to the mission of the organization.


  1. Bachelor’s Degree or higher from an accredited college or university in Education.
  2. Must hold a valid teaching license that has been issued by the Illinois State Board of Education and registered with the Regional Office of Education as an LBS1.


  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • Employer paid Life Insurance and Long-term Disability Insurance - at NO COST to the employee
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Professional Development Opportunities 
  • 401(k) with employer match
  • Flexible Spending Accounts - Medical and Dependent Care Options 
  • Supplemental Insurance Polices through Allstate- Short- term Disability, Critical Illness, and Accidental

Additional Notes

Easterseals Central Illinois is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 

How to Apply

To apply for our open position, please follow the below link. 

Application for Special Education Teacher


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