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Certified Masters Teacher
Agency: Arkansas School for the Blind
Section: Early Childhood
Date Posted: 03/07/2018
Posting Expires: None
The Certified Masters Teacher is responsible for teaching academic subjects to deaf, blind, or vision or hearing-impaired students. This position is governed by state and federal laws and agency policy.
Typical Functions
Evaluates sensory impaired students' strengths and weaknesses based on medical, psychosocial and academic achievement tests, teacher assessments, and observation of students. Writes or advises others in preparing Individualized Education Plans (IEP's) to establish individual achievement goals for each student. Develops lesson plans for reaching IEP goals and complying with curriculum guidelines. Creates or modifies teaching materials and learning aids for sensory impaired students. Utilizes specialized instructional methods, including sign language or Braille, to teach classes. Evaluates student progress through written work, observation, testing, and oral feedback and completes reports on student achievement. Meets with students, parents, and/or other staff to discuss student goals, progress, and/or problems. Presents in-service training and workshops on the education of the sensory impaired. Provides technical assistance and consultation to other staff, including teachers, speech pathologists, interpreters, counselors, and school administrators, regarding curricula, materials, and the identification and assessment of the sensory impaired. Performs other duties as assigned.
Special Job Dimensions
Knowledge, Abilities, and Skills
Knowledge of the subject matter being taught. Knowledge of educational planning and the principles and techniques of teaching sensory-impaired persons. Knowledge of learning aids and teaching materials appropriate to the subject matter and student's impairment. Ability to develop and teach individualized achievement goals based upon various tests and evaluation results. Ability to evaluate students' progress and revise IEP's and lesson plans. Ability to interact with others to inform or discuss and resolve problems. Ability to provide advice and guidance relative to the education of the sensory impaired. Ability to teach communication systems, such as Braille or sign language, required for instructing the sensory impaired.
Minimum Education and/or Experience
The formal education equivalent of a master's degree in the teaching area or education related field; plus two years of experience in the teaching area or education related field.
Preferred Qualifications
Work collaboratively with teachers in the early childhood area. Provide instructions to students with multiple disabilities, including blindness. Offer parent and teacher training to maximize student potential in all settings. Assist with transportation duties that also includes acting as a chaperone. Knowledge of instructional methods and techniques for grades PK-4.

Ability to work with young (2-6 years old) blind or visually impaired students. Basic computer skills; organizational skills; ability to communicate with others; history of following work place attendance policies. Prior experience with due process, and assessment of young children. Independent living skills training including toilet training, walking and feeding programs. Ability to work effectively within a team approach to instructions.

Must be able to lift or transfer at least 20 pounds. Must be able to bend, squat and sit in chairs that are low to the ground. Must maintain organized classroom space that is conducive to young disabled students. Must be willing to obtain certification as a teacher of the visually impaired.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Must be certified in a teaching area and in visually impaired or deaf education by the Department of Education in accordance with ACA 6-17-401 - 403. Additional requirements determined by the agency for recruiting purposes require review and approval by the Office of Personnel Management. OTHER JOB RELATED EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE MAY BE SUBSTITUTED FOR ALL OR PART OF THESE BASIC REQUIREMENTS, EXCEPT FOR CERTIFICATION OR LICENSURE REQUIREMENTS, UPON APPROVAL OF THE QUALIFICATIONS REVIEW COMMITTEE.
Agency Specific Information

A background check will be conducted. MUST COMPLETE a State of Arkansas application. RESUME WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED IN LIEU OF APPLICATION. Mandatory Direct deposit and 6% contributory Teacher Retirement is a condition of employment. All persons selected for employment must submit to a drug test as precondition of employment. All hiring decisions are contingent on the selectee passing the drug test and agency specific pre-employment screenings.

Applicants for positions with a required level of education must fax copies of college transcripts and/or professional certificates to verify that they satisfy the minimum educational requirements to 501.603.3532.
Job Details
Position No.: 22082585
Class Code: E035C
Grade: GS08
Salary Range: $45,010.00 - $65,265.00 per year
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Job Type: Full Time
Location Information
Job City: Little Rock
Job County/Region: Pulaski
Contact Information
Contact name: Human Resources Office
Phone: 501-603-3521
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