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Developmental Specialist II | Western Psychiatric Hospital


Come be a part of the only Private Licensed Academic School within UPMC! This small group of 5-6 teachers is looking to add a Developmental Specialist to the team.  As the Developmental Specialist you will provide daily instruction to patients, ages 4-13, in Western Psychiatric Hospital’s inpatient units. Your daily activities will include assessing patients, planning their lessons, monitoring their progress, and communicating with their home school. In addition, the Developmental Specialist will communicate with the treatment team on a regular basis regarding each patient's classroom performance and behavior. This team strives to always put the needs of their students first and are looking for a candidate who aims to uphold those same values!


  • Inform school of student's progress, including discharge summaries.
  • Communicate on a regular basis with the student's home school.
  • Conduct instructional sessions for 3 hours each day.
  • Observe and record academic progress and patient behavior. Present information at treatment team meetings each week.
  • Collect and report a detailed school history to help in the formation of educational recommendations.
  • Attend meetings/staff development as required and present educational information as needed.


Bachelor's degree in Education, Special Education, or Child Development is required with one year of relevant teaching experience required.


Bachelor's degree in behavioral health field and 3 years of relevant teaching experience required.


Master's degree in Education, Special Education, or Child Development required with six months of relevant experience required.

  • Ability to relate sensitively to students and be consistently responsive to their needs.
  • Emotional stability, maturity and show evidence of good judgment.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Effectively communicate information to other staff members, parents, visitors, etc.
  • Supervisory and leadership skills strongly preferred.
  • Successful teaching experience with students with special needs as documented by supervisor evaluations.
  • Previous experience in a treatment setting preferred.
  • May in the course of their job duties be in rooms where medications are stored. No contact with medications is allowed.


Licensure, Certifications, and Clearances:
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Special Education or Emotionally Socially disturbed within 8 weeks of hire required, Required License ACT 48 (completion of 180 continuing professional education hours every 5 years) to maintain an active teaching certification required. Maintain all Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) requirements, including any new requirements deemed necessary by PDE.

CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter

  • Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management (CCMC)
  • Teaching Certificate
  • Act 114 PDE FBI Clearance with renewal
  • Act 31 Child Abuse Reporting with renewal
  • Act 33 with renewal
  • Act 34 with renewal
  • Act 48 Continuing Professional Education with renewal
  • Act 73 FBI Clearance with renewal

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