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Position Classification Description

Position Class Code / Title: H0006 / Teacher/Special Education
Recruitment Tier: Tier 1
FLSA: Exempt
Grade: 11

This is a description of a Staff Position Classification. It is not an announcement of a position opening. To view descriptions of current openings, please go to UNMJobs and Search Postings to view positions that are currently accepting applications.

The following statements are intended to describe, in broad terms, the general functions and responsibility levels characteristic of positions assigned to this classification. They should not be viewed as an exhaustive list of the specific duties and prerequisites applicable to individual positions that have been so classified.


Plans and implements curriculum and educational programs for children, adolescents, or adults with specific disabilities. Assesses students' abilities and develops individualized educational plans consistent with treatment goals. Coordinates programs for therapeutic purposes; integrates overall developmental goals into the academic setting. Manages behavior of students to create a safe physical and emotional classroom environment.

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Plans, develops, writes, and implements curriculum and educational programs in accordance with educational/treatment goals and students' abilities.
  2. Facilitates therapeutic groups and may teach academic curriculum in a therapeutic classroom.
  3. Manages student behavior to encourage best possible student educational experience.
  4. Interacts with and participates in consultations with specialists as appropriate in order to plan and prepare each child's individualized educational program in accordance with goals.
  5. May coordinate programs with related disciplines for therapeutic purposes; attends multi-disciplinary meetings to facilitate comprehensive program planning.
  6. Prepares appropriate documentation and reports on programs and on student progress.
  7. May specialize in one or more areas of the curriculum, such as physical education, art, or music.
  8. May coordinate and lead the work of others.
  9. Performs miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.

Minimum Job Requirements

  • Bachelor's degree; at least 1 year of experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified. Certification/Licensure State of New Mexico Department of Education Teaching License.
  • Completed degree(s) from an accredited institution that are above the minimum education requirement may be substituted for experience on a year for year basis.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities Required

  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to gather data, compile information, and prepare reports.
  • Knowledge of teaching methods, curriculum, and education programs designed for students with learning, physical and behavioral disabilities.
  • Knowledge of medical and psychosocial issues related to individuals with learning, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities.
  • Ability to evaluate, design, and implement curriculum, testing, and/or teaching methodologies.
  • Teaching and facilitation skills.
  • Ability to teach and control the behavior of special education students.
  • Knowledge of academic and/or vocational education curricula.
  • Ability to make administrative and procedural decisions and judgments on sensitive, confidential issues.
  • Knowledge of and ability to apply relevant current special education methodologies and techniques.
  • Ability to work with and collaborate with education and health care specialists.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse populations.

Distinguishing Characteristics

    Position requires: A) application of current special education theory and practice to students with a range of disabilities; B) managing students with developmental and/or behavioral disorders in a classroom setting; C) planning, development, and delivery of academic curriculum to special needs students; D) incorporation of multidisciplinary psychosocial needs and issues into the development of individual educational goals and plans; E) professional collaboration with other education and health care specialists.

Conditions of Employment

  • Must pass a pre-employment criminal background check.
  • Successful candidate must submit to post-offer, pre-employment physical examination and medical history check.

Working Conditions and Physical Effort

  • Light physical effort. Requires handling of average-weight objects up to 10 pounds or some standing or walking. Effort applies to no more than two (2) hours per day.
  • No or very limited exposure to physical risk.
  • Work is normally performed in a typical interior/office work environment.

The University of New Mexico provides all training required by OSHA to ensure employee safety.

Revised Date: 03/20/2017