Special Education Teacher

The Special Education Teacher is responsible for supervising the classroom paraeducators with the coordination of student services, plans, and care. The Special Education Teacher will help lead the paraeducator in efforts to ensure the students are safe and receive quality care, that instructional programs are implemented effectively, and that the classroom is maintained to meet or exceed licensing regulations and Heartspring standards. 

Job Description:

Primary Functions:

  • Provides research-based specialized instruction to address the instructional goals and objectives contained within each student's IEP.
  • Assesses student progress and determines the need for additional reinforcement or adjustments to instructional techniques.
  • Employs various teaching techniques, methods and principles of learning to enable students to meet their IEP goals.
  • Utilize positive reinforcement to instruct students in socially acceptable behavior to reduce incidents and maintain order.
  •  Keep records of all special needs students that adhere to local, state and federal guidelines to remain compliant.

Secondary Functions:

  • Demonstrate positive classroom communication and attitude
  • Ensure classroom visitors are greeted and made to feel welcome
  • Complete other duties as assigned

Educational, Training, and Licensure Requirements:

  • Masters in Special Education required
  • Valid teaching credentials
  • Must successfully complete all required orientation and training conducted by Heartspring staff
  • Nonviolent Crisis Intervention (NCI) certification
  • First Aid & CPR certification

Physical Requirements:

  • Able to perform significant, prolonged, and frequent amounts of walking, standing, sitting, stooping, squatting, bending, twisting, reaching, and kneeling
  • Regular lifting of up to 10 pounds
  • Occasional lifting of up to 30 pounds

Work Environment

  • Occasional exposure to infectious disease, parasites, bodily fluids, and blood-borne pathogens
  • Potential exposure to physical contact from students, including slapping, hitting, punching, kicking, head-butting, and biting
  • Occasional exposure to all weather conditions, including heat, cold, wind, rain, and snow/ice
  • Mandatory use of Heartspring-standard personal protective equipment
  • May require use of personal protective equipment, including gloves, helmets, arm guards, and leg guards

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Collaboration- maintain good working relationships with other coaches and Para Educators you are training
  • Communication- comfortable engaging people
  • Self-Control – job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive responses, even in very difficult situations
  • Attention to Detail – job requires being careful about detail and thorough in completing assigned tasks
  • Dependability – job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and to fulfill obligations
  • Persistence – job requires persistence in the face of obstacles
  • Technology – job requires the ability to use/operate a standard computer system and hand-held devices




Heartspring offers a generous benefits package including three weeks of paid vacation, sick leave, medical/dental/vision insurance, life insurance, short term disability insurance and retirement plans. Heartspring also offers opportunities to grow within and advance your careers through on-the-job training, internal promotion preferences, and the Heartspring scholarship program to help you go back to school.

Heartspring is a drug-free campus. Heartspring is an EEO employer.

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Heartspring is an equal opportunity employer. Heartspring does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, disability or genetics, pregnancy, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other classification protected by applicable local, state or federal law.

All job openings are located in Wichita, KS.