Job Description

Job Title: Developmental Specialist II (Special Education)
Job ID: 764911
Status: Full-Time
Regular/Temporary: Regular
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm
Shift: Day Job
Facility: Western Psychiatric Institute
Department: CABS
Location: 3811 O'hara Street, Pittsburgh PA 15213


Provide daily instruction to patients on the WPIC inpatient units. The developmental specialist will assess all patients, plan their lessons, monitor their progress, and communicate 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.

Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Special Education or Emotionally Socially disturbed within 8 weeks of hire required.

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


  • Bachelor's degree in Education, Special Education, or Child Development is required with one (1) year of relevant teaching experience required, 
  • Bachelor's degree in behavioral health field and three (3) years of relevant teaching experience required,
  • Master's degree in Education, Special Education, or Child Development required with six (6) 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.
  • 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.
  • Act 114 Pennsylvania Department of Education FBI Clearance
  • Act 31 Clearance
  • Act 33 Child Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 34 Criminal Clearance with Renewal
  • Act 48 Continuing Professional Education Requirements
  • Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation
  • Comprehensive Crisis Management - CCM training is required within 30 days of hire and annually thereafter
  • Teaching Certificate

UPMC is an equal opportunity employer. Minority/Females/Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

Salary Range: $20.30 to $33.86 / hour

Union Position: No

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