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  • Valid and appropriate Illinois licensure
  • Early Childhood Education endorsement and Early Childhood Special Education approval required.
  • Complete required professional development to retain certification.
  • Successful completion of fingerprint based criminal background check (IL State Police and FBI), sex offender and violent youth offender screening, and employment physical.


REPORTS TO:  Director of Special Education or Principal 

JOB GOAL: To facilitate student success and growth in academic and interpersonal skills through implementing district approved curriculum; documenting teaching and student progress/activities/outcomes; addressing specific educational needs of individual students by creating a flexible, safe and optimal learning environment; and providing feedback to students, parents and administration regarding student progress, expectations, goals, etc.


  • Creates and implements IEPs and works closely with the related service personnel. 
  • Guides student behavior through implementing the school’s discipline policy while upholding high expectations.
  • Understands basic classroom management; with strategies for individual behavior management, crisis prevention, intervention, de-escalation techniques, and the balance between classroom management with academic teaching strategies.
  • Develops short and long-range plans consistent with curriculum goals, learners’ diversity, and learning theory.
  • Maintains excellent communication with parents.
  • Provides an exceptional level of quality care to children at all times, including assisting with toileting and self care goals while demonstrating respect and value towards them as individuals.
  • Understands issues in definition and identification procedures for individuals with disabilities, including those individuals from diverse backgrounds.
  • Understands characteristics of individuals with disabilities across the age range of 3-5, including levels of severity, multiple disabilities and their influence on development, behavior and learning.
  • Knowledgeable about the impact of language disorders, processing deficits, intellectual abilities, behavioral/emotional/social disorders, and physical (including sensory) disabilities on learning and behavior.
  • Assess student progress through documentation; completes paperwork related to a student; and attends professional development as needed.
  • Demonstrates strong leadership capabilities within and outside of the classroom.
  • Constructs a positive relationship between the program, student, and parent.
  • Participates in faculty meetings and committees.
  • Ensures that student conduct and attendance conforms with the school standards and school district discipline policies.  
  • Utilizes current teaching methods and educational pedagogy, as well as differentiates instruction based upon student learning styles.
  • Utilizes knowledge of instructional goals and objectives for Early Childhood Special Education.
  • Utilizes knowledge of data information systems, data analysis and the formulation of action plans.      
  • Applies knowledge of applicable federal and state laws regarding education and students.
  • Obtains knowledge of computer network systems and software applications as needed.
  • Organizes and coordinates work.
  • Communicates effectively with students and parents.
  • Engages in self-evaluation with regard to performance and professional growth
  • Establishes and maintains cooperative relations with others.  
  • Performs other related tasks as assigned by the principal/assistant principal and district office administrators as designated by the superintendent.
  • Adheres to a professional code of ethics which includes confidentiality of school related matters and loyalty to the school district.


Note: The above description is illustrative of most tasks and responsibilities.  It is not all inclusive of every task or responsibility.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:  180 days. Salary and benefits per the Collective Bargaining Agreement 

EVALUATION:  Per the Central School District 51 Teacher Evaluation Plan


Salary and benefits per the Collective Bargaining Agreement  

Additional Notes

Attend Induction Academy Aug. 3&4

Job Posting Date


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