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Now accepting applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of potential special education teachers. Work full-time in a classroom while being trained and mentored to become a lead teacher. Teachers-in-training receive mentorship direction from a lead teacher, gain on the job training by working with a variety of students with special needs, take classes on education topics such as writing IEPs, presenting lessons, and classroom management, and receive one-on-one coaching to become the best teacher you can be.


The mission of St. Coletta of Greater Washington is to empower children and adults with intellectual disabilities to discover their full potential. We are a DC public charter school for students ages 3-22. Our more than fifty years of experience has confirmed that the real focus of education needs to be on the individual learner and the skills that students needs to be successful in life. We believe that individuals learn best by doing. We plan hands-on activities that allow for experimentation and trial and error. Instruction occurs as often as possible 
in the natural setting, thus our students spend a lot of time in 
the community learning daily life skills such as riding the metro, grocery shopping, and working at a variety of job sites. At St. Coletta we believe in the immeasurable value of the individual human spirit and the right of each individual to live as full and independent a life as possible. We respect the dignity of all persons entrusted to our care and our goal is to serve them in an atmosphere that encourages their talents, celebrates their successes and builds their self-esteem.


The TA to teacher program is an innovative dynamic program where applicants are trained to be special education teachers using a hands-on approach. Learning occurs on-the-job while working every day in the classroom under a lead teacher (as a full-time job with benefits). Instruction also occurs in an on-site learning program where participants learn to write IEPs, assess students, lead lessons, and manage a classroom. In the cohort, you will learn with a small community of peers while being coached one-on-one by experienced special educators. Over the course of the year, you will learn what you need to aspire to the role of lead teacher and have the opportunity to apply for a lead teacher position.

Read more about our program and participant’s experience on our website.

Teacher Program

You are compassionate, industrious, passionate, and eager to learn about a very special student population.

    • Lead classroom activities to promote growth and development for children with disabilities
    • Design and teach lessons and individual work assignments to support students’ IEP goals
    • Create classroom learning materials
    • Provide one-on-one support to students with special needs
    • Implement behavior, feeding, toileting, speech, and mobility plans
    • Track student progress through data collection
    • Foster a positive classroom environment to encourage social, communicative, and gross motor development

    Bachelor’s degree from a competitive college or university required.


    St Coletta of Greater Washington is an equal-opportunity employer and it is our policy to recruit, hire, and promote for all jobs on the basis of merit, qualifications, skills and competence. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, marital status, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or any other protected status. St Coletta of Greater Washington will fully comply with all employment-related and other laws. All employment decisions will be made solely on the basis of the individual’s qualifications as related to the requirement of the position being filled.

    How do I apply?

    We are working on adding the Teacher-in-Training program to our list of available positions. As of 7/13/21, please apply to the Special Education Leaders of Tomorrow program via the Teacher Assistant position, which can be found on the Careers page.


    Washington, DC


    Teacher Program


    Monday to Friday 7:50am – 4:00pm


    Email us at: Jobs@stcoletta.org

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