Special Education Teacher - Utica, PA
Job Details
Full Time
St. Stephen's Lutheran Academy is an educational option for students in grades K through 12 who require specialized educational programs due to behavioral health, academic and developmental concerns. Our innovative programs are designed to help students succeed academically and behaviorally. Creating an environment for therapeutic progress is paramount to achieving success for students. Our philosophy is that every interaction with a child is an opportunity to help them learn, grow and heal. This is an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year.


  1. Bachelor's Degree Required, preferably in Education.
  2. Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Special Education - Highly-qualified status.
  3. For Autism Spectrum Disorders' Teacher: Teaching or mental health experience working with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).
  4. Audio/visual/verbal skills for instruction and supervision of students to perform essential job functions.
  5. Physical dexterity in order to assist in client physical interventions, if necessary.
  6. Complete and pass agency Crisis/Physical Intervention training.
  7. Ability to continually exercise discretion and judgment in performing job responsibilities.
  8. Have the emotional stability to perform essential job functions.
  9. Be able to adjust hours to job requirements.
  10. Access to a telephone.
  11. Have a valid driver's license and acceptable driving record.
  12. Must be eligible for PA State Police Clearance, PA Child Abuse History Clearance, FBI Clearance, and Arrest/Conviction Report.
Planning and Preparation
  • Knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  • Knowledge of PA Academic Standards.
  • Knowledge of students and the ability to utilize this knowledge to direct and guide instruction.
  • Instructional goals that reflect standards and reasonable expectations for students.
  • Awareness of resources, materials, or technology available through the school, Glade Run, home school district, Intermediate Unit, and professional organizations.
  • Instructional design in which plans for various elements are aligned with the instructional goals and have a recognizable sequence with adaptations for individual student needs.
  • Ability to reflect on teaching and learning to enhance instruction.
  • Appropriate assessments of student learning aligned to the instructional goals and adapted to student needs.
Classroom Environment
  • Clear expectations for student achievement with value placed on the quality of student work.
  • Attention to equitable learning opportunities for students.
  • Appropriate interactions between teacher and students and among students.
  • Effective classroom routines and procedures resulting in little or no loss in instructional time.
  • Clear standards of conduct and effective management of student behavior.
  • Safe and skillful organization of physical space, to the extent that it is under the control of the teacher, providing accessibility to learning and the use of resources, materials, and technology.
  • Become aware of the medication students are taking, possible side effects and times they are administered.
  • Consult with support staff to identify and address stressors and inhibitors to school performance.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of, and the ability to, utilize positive discipline and/or non-physical intervention strategies within the agency's guidelines.
  • Demonstrate the ability to utilize Crisis/Physical Intervention in a professional manner when required showing good judgment in a crisis.
Instructional Delivery:
  • Communication of procedures and clear expectations of content.
  • Use of questioning and discussion strategies that encourage all students to participate.
  • Engagement of students in learning and adequate pacing of instruction
  • Feedback to the students on their learning.
  • Use of informal and formal assessments to meet learning goals and to monitor student learning
  • Flexibility and responsiveness in meeting the learning needs of students.
  • Adherence to school and Glade Run procedures and regulations related to attendance, punctuality and the like.
  • Knowledge of the Professional Code of Conduct.
  • Compliance with school or Glade Run requirements for maintaining accurate records, communicating with families.
  • Compliance with participating in school and/or Glade Run events and school or state mandated professional growth and development opportunities.
  • Document all communication with parents/guardians, home school districts, and service agencies.
  • Document important information and data in a timely and professional manner
  • Attend meetings (IEP meetings, parent conferences, team meetings, etc.)
  • Assist in preparation of transition to public school/less restrictive environment.
  • Implement the student's IEP.
  • Participate in program development and required in-service training opportunities as offered in the agency and required by DPW, PDE, and professional certification.
  • Communicate regularly with the Administration and Health Services regarding student concerns.
  • Verbal and written communication skills
  • Learning process
  • Career development
  • IEP development
  • Community resources
  • Pennsylvania School Law
  • Problem solving skills
  • Mandated Reporting requirements
  • Management and disciple techniques
  • Knowledge of content and pedagogy.
  • PA Academic standards
Job Location
Utica, PA, United States
Position Type
*This is an anticipated opening for the 2020-2021 school year.
How to Apply:
Candidates must apply via our careers page at http://www.gladerun.org/careers. This is the first step in our application process.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Who We Are: Founded in 1854 by the Rev. Dr. William Passavant in Zelienople, Pennsylvania, Glade Run has evolved over the years to meet the changing and increasingly challenging needs of children, adults and families throughout Western Pennsylvania and beyond. With a focus on education, mental health, autism, and unique therapeutic offerings, Glade Run has a long tradition of linking faith and service. Last year, Glade Run served over 4,000 individuals with impactful, innovative services in school, home, and community settings.