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Special Education Early Childhood Strategies Teacher Full-time Standard



Under the general supervision of an administrator, a special education teacher will be assigned a caseload and will implement school board policy regarding the educational curriculum of a particular instructional division and/or instructional unit.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES: This list of essential duties and responsibilities is not exhaustive and may be supplemented.

Planning and Preparation

* Administer appropriate district curriculum which is aligned with Common Core State Standards and is consistent with IEP instructions as needed.

* Designs and implements the components of an effective lesson for instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards.

* Designs coherent, differentiated, instruction and student assessments aligned with Common Core State Standards at the appropriate instructional level for the student.

* Provide appropriate instructions, modifications, adaptations, and implements Individual Education Plans (IEP) in an organized, systematic, and meaningful manner.

* Analyze student progress and ensure assessment regulations and guidelines are followed at all times.

* Demonstrates mastery of content and pedagogy, knowledge of students and resources, typical developmental patterns of student, and characteristics of students with disabilities.

* Sets instructional outcomes for diverse learners.

Classroom Environment

* Creates an environment of respect and rapport while developing a climate that promotes positive learning conditions.

* Maintains a positive, orderly, safe, accessible and academically focused learning, resource-rich environment.

* Manages classroom procedures and student behavior.

* Demonstrates cultural competency.


* Communicates learning expectations to students.

* Engages students in learning.

* Utilizes discussion and questioning techniques.

* Embeds assessment in instruction.

* Demonstrates flexibility and responsiveness.

* Demonstrates familiarity with Multi-Tiered Systems of Support.

* Demonstrates knowledge of strategies and accommodations to assist students with disabilities to access curriculum.

* Coordinates effectively with other service staff in providing student instruction.

Professional Responsibilities

* Maintains accurate records and IEP's as mandated by state and federal guidelines, within established timelines.

* Demonstrates professionalism, integrity and ethical conduct.

* Supports, communicates and works professionally with administrators, staff and community and follows all protocols consistent with the WCSD's procedures.

* Makes a focused effort to promote meaningful participation of parents in the IEP process.

* Reflects on teaching.

* Participates in a professional community.

* Participates in other job-related duties and activities related to the position as assigned.

* Works as part of an education/assessment team responsible for identifying, developing, implementing, monitoring and evaluating individual objectives for assigned students.

Special Education teachers can be assigned as Resource Special Education teachers or can be assigned to specific specialized programs that are broken down from the Special Education umbrella in order to provide adequate supports for all students requiring special needs. In the case where a teacher is assigned to a specialized program, all of the above-mentioned job duties/responsibilities apply, as does the information tied to the specific program. Specialized programs within the Special Education umbrella at WCSD are described below.

EC STRAT - Early Childhood/Strategies (for details on Strat, see Strat description)

The SPED Early Childhood Strategies Teacher provides instruction in developmentally appropriate curriculum that addresses all areas of child development including literacy and math readiness skills, gross and fine motor skills, self- help skills, communications skills, and social skills. The program focuses primarily on the development of communication and social emotional skills using a variety of strategies. The EC Strategies Program serves students with deficits in these areas, usually caused by Autism. This program also provides a small group setting and focuses on extensive data collection to document progress. When assigned to an EC Strat classroom, a combination of EC & Strat practices are followed. The descriptions mentioned for EC and Strat respectively should not be construed to believe that only one or the other will be followed. A combination of practices of both are followed by the teacher and other support staff to best suit student needs.


Education/Experience: Any combination of education and experience in teaching would provide the required knowledge and skills are qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and skills would be:

Education: Bachelor's Degree from and accredited college or university with student teaching experience and the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license.

Knowledge of: Child development; behavior and characteristics of students; subject area and/or credential area of teaching. (e.g., special education, math, science, etc.); effective teaching skills; planning and organizing; supervision and control; assessment and diagnosis; interpersonal relations.

Skill at: Creating an effective environment for learning, establishing and maintaining effective working relationships with teachers, administrators, counselors, and other staff members. The ability to establish and maintain standard of pupil behavior needed to achieve a functional learning atmosphere in the classroom. Effective utilization of technology in instruction, planning, data-based decision making and monitoring of student achievement.

License/Certificates: Possession of, or the ability to obtain a valid Nevada teaching license in the relevant subject area/and or grade level.

Special Considerations: When selected for Department chair of a high school, additional pay will be provided based on number of teachers supervised.


The Washoe County School District is committed to providing a safe and respectful learning and working environment for all students, staff, and visitors. The District prohibits bullying, cyber-bullying, harassment, sexual harassment, and/or discrimination based on an individual's actual or perceived race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, veterans or military status, marital status, disability or the presence of any sensory, physical or mental handicap in any of its educational programs/activities and employment, or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The District prohibits discrimination against any youth group listed in Title 36, as a patriotic society, (i.e. Boy Scouts of America) from access to public school facilities use.

Site(s):Beasley Elementary School

Internal Job Number:2024-25-C244360


Teacher's Salary Schedule

Salaries are subject to adjustment and may increase and decrease each fiscal year. New employees hired by Washoe County School District are normally placed on the entry step of the grade of the position. View the salary schedules here.

Additional Job Information:

Special Education Teachers who join our school district during the 2024/25 school year will be eligible for a $5,000 Recruitment Bonus. It is important to note that if the teacher's tenure with the district does not reach a minimum of two years, the entire bonus will need to be reimbursed to the district.

Benefit packages are available for all employees, eligible employees who are regularly scheduled to work 27.5 hours per week or more receive full benefits of the District which include but are not limited to;
  • No waiting period on Medical, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance
    • Employees may select an insurance plan wherein WCSD contributes 100% of insurance premiums.
  • Sick Leave, Holiday Pay and Vacation Pay
  • Public Employees Retirement System (PERS)
    • Contribution options will be explained in detail during the New Employee Orientation.
  • Salary Increases
  • Longevity Bonuses
  • Guidance Resources
  • And More - Visit our Benefits page for more information.

Please be advised health insurance premiums are paid by employees at a prorated percent for those working less than full time.

New employees will be fingerprinted upon hire and will have $58.50 deducted from their first paycheck to help defray the cost of fingerprinting. Fingerprint fees are subject to change.

Any applicant who would like to request a reasonable accommodation in any step of the selection process should contact Human Resources at (775) 348-0321 or email

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