Special Education Teacher
Job Details
Middle School - Kansas City, MO
Full Time
4 Year Degree

Special Education Teacher

Guadalupe Centers Schools are a free, open enrollment, public charter school currently serving students in grades Pre-K-12. Guadalupe Centers Schools are part of the Guadalupe Educational System, Inc. (GES) under Guadalupe Centers, Inc. It is sponsored by the University of Central Missouri. The vision of GES is to empower students to succeed in college and their chosen professions by providing a rigorous and enriching learning experience that develops highly educated, socially conscious, culturally competent, contributing members of society.


The SPED teacher helps students learn subject matters and skills that will contribute to their development as mature, able and responsible men and women.

Reports To: Director of Special Services, Building Principal


  • Prepares and schedules individual pupil staffing conferences according to timelines; initiates IEP conferences as appropriate.
  • Write IEPs using district software (SpedTrack)
  • Complete all necessary paperwork to follow the state and district compliance requirements.
  • Prepares and submits reports according to timelines outlined in the Missouri State plan; responds to requests for information as required.
  • Prepare Transition Plans for secondary students.
  • Identifies the specific learning needs of each pupil properly identified as disabled and maintains a clear record of the pupils instructional experience and progress in the permanent Special Education file.
  • Plans and utilizes instructional materials, procedures and equipment according to each pupils specific disability.
  • Schedules pupils for instruction in cooperation with the Director of Special Services, principal and other members of the building staff.
  • Prepares course objectives and outline for course of study following curriculum guidelines or requirements of the state and school.
  • Keeps accurate attendance records; maintains discipline in the classroom.
  • Works with the Co-Teaching model alongside the General Education teacher.
  • Acts as resource to building staff regarding disabilities methods, accommodations and materials.
  • Utilizes differentiated instruction and the IEP guiding document for all instructions.
  • Administering national, state and district assessments throughout the school year.
  • Receives and forwards to the Director all referrals from appropriate sources.
  • Coordinates all activities and procedures with the Director of Special Services and Building Principal.
  • Participates in faculty and professional meetings, educational conferences and teacher training workshops.
  • Attend all meetings with parents and give input concerning the creation of an Individual Education Plan or a 504 Plan.
  • Demonstrates a commitment to continuous improvement of professional practice, cultural competence, and ability to meet the specific instructional needs of culturally and linguistically diverse students.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned.

Required Skills/Abilities:

  • Strong organizational skills.
  • Strong communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Committed to working with under-served students.

Education and Experience:

  • Bachelors Degree in Secondary Education.
  • Missouri State Certification in Secondary Education.
  • Two to four years of experience working in a classroom setting.
  • Experience in an urban school setting preferred.
  • Bilingual ability; English required and Spanish preferred.
  • Highly Qualified Status (this status requires the following)
    • Bachelors Degree.
    • Appropriate certification for the course/grade level being taught.
    • Documentation of content expertise in the area being taught.

Physical Requirements:

  • Prolonged periods standing and walking throughout school and classroom.
  • Must be able to lift 45 pounds at a time.
  • Must be able to assist students who have physical difficulties.
  • Must be able to kneel, sit, crawl, push, and pull to assist and teach children throughout the day.
  • Prolonged periods sitting and working on computer to complete necessary paperwork.
  • Must be able to navigate all areas of the school and other facilities as needed.

Application Process:
Please complete an application which may be found awww.guadalupecenters.org/workforges/If a position requires a degree, please upload a copy of transcripts and/or degree certification to your application. Other attachments such as a cover letter or resume can also be uploaded and attached to the application.

GUADALUPE CENTERS, INC. conforms to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We strongly encourage women, minorities individuals with disabilities and veterans to apply to all of our job openings. We are Equal Opportunity Employer, who fully and actively supports equal access for all qualified applicants, regardless of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability status, Genetic Information or Testing, Family & Medical Leave, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law, and prohibits retaliation against individuals who bring forth any complaint, orally or in writing, to the employer or the government, or against any individuals who assist or participate in the investigation of any complaint, or otherwise oppose discrimination.


Qualification Requirements:

  • Bachelors degree from a college or university having a teacher education program approved by the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education;
  • Pass Criminal Background Check and Family Care Registry;
  • Certified by the state of Missouri or working towards the certification (http://dese.mo.gov/eq/cert) to achieve highly qualified status in Special Education (K-12).
  • Committed to working with under-served students.
  • Bilingual (preferred)
  • Experience in urban school setting (preferred)
  • Teaching experience in regular education
  • Experience in urban school setting (preferred).
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