L.E.A. Special Instructor NEW HIGHER PAY RATE!
Philadelphia, PA 
Posted 2 months ago
Position No Longer Available
Position No Longer Available
Job Description
L.E.A. Special Instructor NEW HIGHER PAY RATE!
4025 Chestnut ST, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

POSITION SUMMARY: The Special Instructor (SI) is a key member of the Local Education Agency (LEA). The Special Instructor reviews Multidisciplinary Evaluation (MDE) reports, medical and behavioral records and assessments, and the child's developmental strengths and needs to develop an appropriate Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The SI works with the IEP team and family members to ensure that the child with a disability is included with their typically-developing peers to the maximum extent possible. In addition to administering and reviewing standardized assessments, the SI observes the child, interviews parents, and consults with other professionals working with the child. Once a child has been determined to be eligible for preschool special education services, the SI works with the IEP team to develop strategies, specially-designed instruction (SDI), and goals that can be shared, discussed, and/or modified as needed. Additionally, this role develops progress monitoring targets/benchmarks.


  • Attend Initial, Annual and Review IEP meetings for preschool-aged children in the city of Philadelphia as a special education provider in accordance with IDEA and Chapter 14
  • In collaboration with the IEP team, develop goals, strategies, SDIs, and progress monitoring benchmarks for assigned child receiving services
  • Develop goals and strategies rooted in principles of inclusion to the maximum extent possible including, but not limited to, least restrictive environment (LRE), free appropriate public education (FAPE), maximum participation with typically developing peers, parent engagement, and the transfer of learning through push-in services and distributive practice
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the child's IEP team to revise and update goals and strategies as required according to child progress, regression, and/or mastery
  • Work collaboratively with all members of the child's IEP team to conduct regular progress monitoring, observations, and recording progress towards goals
  • Provide ongoing consultation with parents, caregivers, IEP team members, school faculty, and childcare and head start teachers with regard to the IEP and assign child's progress as it pertains to learning
  • Provide direct instruction, professional development, and technical assistance to facilitate adult learning in early childhood settings to parents, teachers, and service providers
  • Conduct bi-annual re-evaluations as required for children; administer preschool assessments including, but not limited to, the Short Sensory Profile (SSP), Developmental Assessment of Young Children (DAYC), Battelle Developmental Inventory (BDI), and Devereaux Early Childhood Assessment-Clinical (DECA-C)
  • Develop transition plans for children including, but not limited to, transition to Kindergarten; moving out of county or out of state; moving to a new school, program, or child care center; or transition out of early intervention
  • Utilize data systems (i.e. electronic recordkeeping systems) to track children due for initial, review, and annual IEPs as needed
  • Work collaboratively with all early intervention team members to ensure that each child's goals are appropriate and aligned with PA Early Learning Standards
  • Maintain professional documentation including, but not limited to, progress notes, progress monitoring, IEP goals, parent letters, and assessments
  • Carry a small caseload of children as needed
  • Perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR), crisis intervention, and first aid using agency-trained protocols
  • Perform other duties as assigned

IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Early Intervention Coordinator


CONTACTS: Elwyn staff, children and their family members, external provider agency staff


  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Master's Degree in Early Childhood/Special Education preferred
  • PA School Certification in Early Childhood/Special Education
  • Two (2) of experience working with young children with special needs
  • Prior experience participating in IEP meetings
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment and manage and prioritize multiple, often competing, priorities
  • Demonstrated strong attention to detail
  • Demonstrated strong time management and organizational skills
  • Demonstrated excellent judgment with the ability to independently solve problems and make decisions with little or no need for direct supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to anticipate future needed changes or identify problem areas and take effective actions
  • Must be able to perform CPR and crisis intervention using agency-trained protocols
  • Must possess excellent customer interaction, collaboration, presentation, and written and verbal communication skills
  • Demonstrated intermediate experience with Microsoft Office applications, including Word, Excel, Outlook, and PowerPoint
  • Current, valid driver's license in state of residence, three (3) years driving experience, and acceptable driving record in the United States
PHYSICAL DEMANDS/ENVIRONMENTAL PROFILE: See Physical Demands Checklist below which represents the general physical demands and environment conditions to which the employee holding this position must meet, in addition to the duties and responsibilities listed above, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Elwyn will engage otherwise qualified candidates for this position whose disabilities may require reasonable accommodations to enable an individual to perform the essential functions.
Elwyn reserves the right to revise or change job duties and responsibilities as needed. This job description is not meant to be an all-inclusive statement of duties and responsibilities of the job nor does it constitute a written or implied contract.

Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Elwyn does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, creed, ancestry, pregnancy status, medical condition, gender, gender identity or expression, genetic information, sexual orientation or identity, age, national origin, citizenship, handicap status, marital or family status, mental or physical disability, perceived disability, military or veteran status, political activities or affiliations, or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal, state or local law, ordinance, or regulation.

4025 Chestnut ST, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Elwyn is an Equal Opportunity Employer. EOE AA M/F/Vet/Disability

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.


Position No Longer Available
Job Summary
Start Date
As soon as possible
Employment Term and Type
Regular, Full Time
Required Education
Bachelor's Degree
Required Experience
3 years
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