Special Education Teacher

Location: Redford, MI

Department: Education Support Services

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced



The Special Education Teacher creates a flexible education program and learning environment that provides specialized instruction to children in the residential department at MCHS. The teacher is responsible for collaborating with other certified staff and para-pros and the other departments to develop and implement supplemental aides, accommodations, and other needed supports so that the students benefit from the general education curriculum to the greatest extent possible. The teacher is responsible for developing lesson plans, providing instruction, structuring the classroom, and facilitating education enrichment activities throughout the year.



The Special Education Teacher must be able to do the following always:

-Recommend, develop, plan and implement individualized and group educational programs and lesson plans based on assessment data and child’s needs.
-Provide instruction during the school year as well as the summer education programs.
-Work with agency staff to meet the educational needs of the children.
-Establish and maintain the performance assessment program and database to track progress; ensure all children are properly assessed; provide agency staff with assessment results and reports.
-Serve as a support member to the group treatment teams with the responsibility of providing individual and group educational assistance and tutoring; assist children with school assignments and completing their homework.
-Work with group treatment teams to create a structured learning environment.
-Provide regular feedback on student progress to the educational, residential, and clinical departments.
-As needed or called upon, provide feedback, evaluation, and information to external stakeholders, including families, DHHS, etc.
-Provide as needed tutoring; assist children with school assignments and completing their homework; treatment teams to create a structured learning environment; provide regular feedback on student progress to education, clinical, and residential teams;
-Assist agency staff with monitoring the behavior and academic success of children to ensure they stay focused and on task; assist with providing leadership and maintaining discipline of children; provide assistance with controlling disruptive behavior using agency approved methods of de-escalation and crisis intervention.
-Operate within agency policies and procedures as outlined in department handbooks and the Employee Handbook.


Education and Experience:         

-Bachelor’s degree required.
-State of Michigan Teacher’s Certification in any area of Special Education, required.  Emotional or Cognitive Impairment certification preferred.
-Experience working with serious emotional disorder (SED) at-risk youth males between the ages of 6 – 18 preferred.


The Knowledge of:

-Computer and software applications (Windows, MS Office, Internet applications, Parent Connect, etc.) necessary to perform the duties of the position.
-State high school and grade school content expectations (HSCE and GLCE)
-Methods for providing differentiated instruction to at-risk children.
-Student assessment strategies.
-The behavior patterns of youth and methods of interacting with and redirecting children.


The Skills and Ability to:

-Effectively provide instruction for serious emotional disorder (SED) at-risk children.
-Design, plan, and implement lesson plans for individuals and small groups of children.
-Evaluate and document children’s response progress towards goals.
-Utilize established assessment systems and educational programs (Reading A-Z, Read About, etc.)
-Communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
-Relate to youth and gain their respect and confidence.
-Manage time and multiple priorities, meet deadlines.
-Establish and maintain effective working relationships with employees, other agencies and the public.
-Exercise professional judgment in making decisions.
-Handle sensitive and confidential situations and documentation.
-Attend and conduct agency training and maintain necessary certifications and licenses.


The work environment described here is representative of those that an employee will typically encounter during a normal shift.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Work involves rotating between workstations where children are studying and requires walking or standing for extended periods of time in a residential or office setting.
Employees are subject to the physical and emotional behavior of the youths that may involve adversarial or hostile situations.

Other Information

The statements contained herein reflect general details as necessary to describe the principal functions of this job, the level of knowledge, skill and ability typically required, and the scope of responsibility, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements.  It is not an employment contract.  Our agency reserves the right to modify job duties or job descriptions at any time.


A current resume and cover letter must be included as part of your online application.

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