Job Title: Teacher of Autism Spectrum Disorders

Reports to:Site Administrator
Job Group:Instructional


Job Code:3302
Salary Schedule:INST


Responsible for organizing and implementing an instructional program for students and meeting the duties of teaching as outlined in laws and policies.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.


  1. Design the exceptional student education program so that it is consistent with the total educational philosophy of the district.
  2. Continue professional growth through educational meetings and trainings, visiting related facilities, reading professional literature, and exchanging ideas among the district staff.
  3. Work in coordination with other professional staff and ESE teachers in planning and developing the program.


  1. Prepare, implement, and evaluate educational plans annually (including transition plans as prescribed) for each student based on individually assessed needs, in accordance with district procedures.
  2. Use appropriate assessment instruments pertinent to academic, communication, and behavioral areas.
  3. Prepare academic lesson plans, social skills lesson plans, and behavior support plans for each student.
  4. Plan, implement, and evaluate community-based instruction as indicated on the individual education plan.
  5. Plan and implement self-care programs, including direct assistance to students (e.g., toileting, positioning, lifting, feeding, etc.).
  6. Collaborate with other school personnel in developing appropriate schedules for exceptional students.
  7. Provide specialized instructional techniques and media through individual and/or group sessions designed to meet the educational, social, and emotional needs of the students.
  8. Identify and collaborate with district, community, and agency services to meet the needs of exceptional students.
  9. Support projects and programs designed for students with significant disabilities, such as Special Olympics.
  10. Participate on the School-Based Intervention Team, In-School Staffing Team, and screening processes, as appropriate.
  11. Participate on evaluation teams for students with autism spectrum disorders as appropriate.
  12. Monitor and manage instructional assistants and/or LPNs, as assigned.

Public Relations

  1. Collaborate with school, personnel in coordinating ESE services within that school.
  2. Develop and/or conduct in-service programs to inform classroom teachers of the goals and objectives of the ESE program and ways of achieving them in the school setting.
  3. Collaborate with the educational team concerning student educational needs as requested.
  4. Provide basic and ESE teachers with instructional ideas and /or behavioral strategies that are appropriate for exceptional students within all classroom settings.
  5. Assist in providing information to community groups and parents concerning ESE programs as requested or needed.
  6. Assist in coordinating and providing news releases through the immediate supervisor for local news media as needed.
  7. Provide information and support to parents.


  1. Ensure that each student in the program has necessary evaluation records in his/her permanent folder.
  2. Furnish the school principal with current exceptional student schedules.
  3. Complete progress reports on each student in the program.
  4. Supply progress reports to school personnel and to parents of exceptional students, as necessary and requested.
  5. Complete reports for appropriate local, state, federal and educational agencies.
  6. Refer those students who require further evaluation or follow-up services to the appropriate school personnel or community agencies.


  1. Perform other duties as assigned.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Communicate effectively in written and oral form using positive interpersonal skills
  • Effective data-based problem-solving and team collaboration skills
  • Ability to use evidence-based classroom management strategies and techniques
  • Ability to use evidence-based individual behavior management strategies and techniques
  • Ability to use effective strategies for differentiating instruction
  • Knowledge of social skills and/or affective strategies and curriculum
  • Knowledge of curriculum, based on state standards
  • Knowledge of federal and state laws related to exceptional student education
  • Ability to effectively use and integrate technology in the classroom setting
  • Ability to use instructional strategies to teach functional life skills
  • Ability to integrate alternative and augmentative communication strategies (ACC) into instruction


  • Bachelor's degree
  • Endorsements as applicable


  • Valid Florida Certification in the appropriate coverage


  • Graduate work beyond bachelor's degree
  • Classroom teaching experience
  • Experience in a like position
  • Master's degree
  • Knowledge and experience in behavior science/behavior modification




Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls requires exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as Light Work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk, and hear; stand and walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee occasionally lifts and/or moves up to 50 pounds. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Teacher of Autism Spectrum Disorders;   EST: n/a;   REV: February 3, 2009;   Board Approved: February 3, 2009