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Special Education Teacher - Behavioral Health

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Durham, CT

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Job Schedule: Full Time
Standard Hours: 40
Job Shift: Shift 1
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Every day, over 30,000 Hartford HealthCare employees come to work with one thing in common: Pride in what we do, knowing every moment matters here. We invite you to become part of Connecticut’s most comprehensive healthcare network.

Rushford Center, one of Connecticut’s leading providers of addiction and mental health services, is nationally recognized for delivering outstanding prevention, treatment and recovery programs. We offer a wide range of programs including Acute Care and Evaluation, Residential Addiction Treatment, Individual, Group & Family Therapy, Intensive Outpatient programs and Community Support Programs. Through the passion of our specialists, we continue to treat every patient with care, compassion and respect, while providing affordable and accessible services.

Job Summary

Responsible for coordinating the activities of all staff members that work with students in the classroom and for teaching students directly.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Assesses and evaluates student learning, following the guidelines of the state of Connecticut, LEAs, and School policies and procedures with respect to record keeping, documentation, reporting, assessing, etc.
  2. Teaches students through planning and individualizing instruction to meet each student’s goals and objectives as stated in the IEP.
  3. Manages student behavior according to the policies and procedures of the School. Communicates expectations for student achievement. Provides a safe and structured environment at all times, instituting therapeutic holds when safety is threatened.
  4. Consults with Principal regarding the Program’s mission and operations to ensure they are in support of the Organization’s overall mission. Develops positive culture in classroom.
  5. Participates in school staff meetings, PPTs and Treatment Team meetings, as appropriate.
  6. Works collaboratively as a team member with school staff members, parents, colleagues, and administrators.
  7. Works closely with educational assistants assigned to classroom and provides feedback to principal about educational assistants’ performance as needed.
  8. Performs other duties, as required.


  • Master's Degree
  • Current CT teaching certification (065) in Special Ed and/or specific curriculum area.
  • Previous experience working with socially and emotionally disturbed students.
  • Must possess and maintain CPR and first aid certification and Rushford restraint qualifications.
  • Experience in similar setting prefeered.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.
  • Understanding child development


As a Hartford HealthCare entity, Rushford provides eligible employees with an extensive benefits package consisting of:

  • Medical and dental benefits
  • 401(k) plan with employer match
  • Generous paid time off with accrual starting on the date of hire, including six paid holidays
  • Additional voluntary benefits as well as employee discount programs           

With locations around the state, Hartford HealthCare offers exciting opportunities for career development and growth. Here, you are part of an organization on the cutting edge – helping to bring new technologies, breakthrough treatments and community education to countless men, women and children. We know that a thriving organization starts with thriving employees- we provide a competitive benefits program designed to ensure work/life balance. Every moment matters. And this is your moment.

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