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Special Education Teacher

At the San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE), we are working toward a future without boundaries for all students. Our team of kind, dedicated, and collaborative employees have a strong focus on students, equity, and innovation, which is why SDCOE is a great place to work! Regardless of job title, every employee at SDCOE has a hand in helping local students learn. If you have a passion for making a big difference in your community, there's likely a position that fits your strengths and expertise. SDCOE provides excellent fringe benefit plans for regular employees including medical and life insurance plans, paid holidays, vacation, and sick leave benefits.

The San Diego County Office of Education is recruiting to fill one (1) full-time Special Education Teacher position to work at Friendship School, located in Imperial Beach, California.

Salary: $280.55 - $546.52 daily rate, depending on placement on the Basic Teacher Compensation Plan
Length of Work Year: 190 work days, plus 11 optional ESY days; 6.75 hours/day
Location: 525 Third Street Imperial Beach, CA 91932

This position will plan, implement, and monitor the daily progress of students and supervise special education assistants in classroom programs. Individuals must have the physical ability to lift students ranging in weight from infant to adult. Additionally, toileting and changing feed tubes is required of this position.

Friendship School is a five-classroom special education school operated by the San Diego County Office of Education. The school is located in Imperial Beach. Friendship School serves a maximum of 50 students, ages 3-22 years, who have multiple, severe disabilities with health impairments. Each classroom is staffed by a teacher and two student attendants. Each teacher holds a special education credential and all staff are continually trained on specialized healthcare procedures. The school has a staff to student ratio of one adult to three students.

Friendship School has a full time RN, a part time occupational therapist, part time speech/language therapist, part time assistive technology specialist, a part time psychologist, and a physical therapist on consult.

Requirements / Qualifications

• A valid Education Specialist Instruction credential with a Moderate/Severe authorization or Physical and Health Impairments authorization, OR Basic California K-12 teaching credential and a California Special Education credential (severely, physically handicapped credential preferred) as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing
• CLAD or equivalent English Learner authorization
• CPR and First Aid certification
• Early Childhood Special Education certificate and Orthopedic Impairments added authorization preferred
• Prior experience in supervising and/or teaching severely handicapped children is preferred.

Applicants must have experience in the development and writing of Individualized Education Plans (IEP), assessment procedures, and adherence to federal and state regulations; knowledge of affective and cognitive areas, fine motor development, communication behavior management, academic development, including a variety of strategies for teaching students who have multiple disabilities/orthopedic impairments and medical needs; an understanding of emotional problems of students and parents of students affected with the most significant disabilities; and basic knowledge of specialized health care needs; specialized equipment, such as wheelchairs, braces and adaptive devices; and assistive technology.

To be considered for this position, please individually attach the following items to your completed EDJOIN Application:
  • Resume, detailing education and experience
  • Letter of Introduction
  • Two (2) current Letters of Recommendation (dated within the last year preferably from current/former supervisors)
  • Copy of valid credential with appropriate authorization as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing***
  • Proof of CLAD Certification/English Learner Authorization if not embedded in your credential
  • Valid CPR/First Aid Certification
  • Eligibility for Intern Credential letter if applicable
  • Any additional relevant certification you would like considered

*** We are also accepting applications for those candidates who are eligible to receive an internship credential as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing. To be considered for this option, please obtain and attach an Eligibility for Intern Credential letter (addressed to The San Diego County Office of Education) as issued by your university. If you have already been issued an intern credential by the CTC, please attach that document to your application. For more information, please visit:

Comments and Other Information

Please note that your completed online application must include all of the required supplemental documentation. Emailed or faxed supplemental documents will not be accepted. Incomplete
applications will not be considered. Employment with the San Diego County Office of Education is contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer background check including FBI and Child Abuse Index, and physical exam, which includes a drug and alcohol screening. All required California Credentials (if applicable, as issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing) must be confirmed prior to employment with SDCOE.

The San Diego County Office of Education (SDCOE) provides programs that address pre-service preparation, advanced teacher credentials and authorizations, and professional learning for educators. Learn more about the options and next steps for your teaching career in education at the Educator Pathways website at

The San Diego County Office of Education is an equal opportunity employer.

Because each person is born with inherent worth and dignity, and because equitable access and opportunity are essential to a just, educated society, SDCOE employee commitments include being respectful of differences and diverse perspectives, and being accountable for ones actions and the resulting impact.