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Early Childhood Specialist

Recruitment #171113-UNCE-275

Introduction

EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIALIST
Office of Special Education, Oliver Hodge Building, Oklahoma City

GENERAL DESCRIPTION
To interpret and uphold federal regulations of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and state Special Education Policies/Procedures and state laws governing Early Childhood Education (70-11-103.7 Pre-Kindergarten, 70-18-108 Kindergarten, and 70-10-105.3 Family Education).  Perform related work as required.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATION
• Graduation from an accredited college or university with a degree in special education, school psychology, communication disorders, or closely related field [official transcript(s) required];
• Possession of a valid special education and early childhood certificate, or valid school psychology, or speech-language pathology certificate;
• 5 years’ experience working in the field of Special Education;
• Applicants must be willing and able to perform necessary job-related statewide travel (including, but not limited to, regular overnight stays of 1-3 nights at a time in some instances).

KNOWLEDGE/SKILLS/ABILITIES
• Considerable knowledge of modern special education techniques, methods and practices; of current trends and sources of information in the field of special education; of educational psychology; general knowledge of tests and measurements including individual educational/psychological tests; adequate knowledge of public relations;
• Knowledge of adult learning theory and methods;
• Skill in providing professional development at the school or district level;
• Knowledge of technology and the ability to use it to maximize efficiency and services;
• Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships; to direct, conduct, coordinate and implement adequate special education programs; to express ideas clearly and concisely; to conduct meetings and workshops; to judge a situation correctly and adopt an effective course of action;
• Commitment to team work, consensus management and participatory decision-making processes;
• Conscientious commitment and willingness to provide courteous, consistent, efficient service through performance of the prescribed job duties.

EXAMPLES OF WORK PERFORMED
• Participate in the development and dissemination of professional development materials;
• Consult with public/private agencies and organizations on establishing, expanding and/or improving special education programs; evaluate and approve plans/applications for special education programs; disseminate ideas, new methods and materials to parents, educators and administrators throughout the state;
• Provide ongoing assistance to promote program effectiveness; support and develop special education within the education system;
• Serve on professional committees; conduct and participate in workshops and meetings with parents and professionals; promote special education by interpreting rules and regulations and by speaking before other interest groups;
• Participate in and/or lead teams related to special education services.

ANNUAL SALARY RANGE: $50,000 - $55,000
BENEFITS:
https://www.ebd.ok.gov
RETIREMENT:
https://www.ok.gov/trs/

NOTES

Please read instructions carefully and include all required documents when you submit your application.

No additional information will be accepted after the application has been submitted.

Conclusion

Veteran's Preference Points apply only for initial appointment in the Classified Service.



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