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Special Education Teacher

Ignite School
Dubai, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
US 2840 - 3540 a month
Housing allowance paid to employee for self or furnished hotel apartment
Annual flights from to home of record (Economy Class) for self, taken once during annual leave
Start date
Start September 2023
2 years
  • All Levels
  • Licensed Teacher
  • Bachelor
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Special Education
  • Teaching Credential/License
  • United States (USA)


  • MUST have a degree and 2 years of relevant experience in Special Education.
  • Candidates require a Bachelor of Education for Special Educations at the Elementary and/or Early Years grade levels.  Preference will be given to candidates with relevant graduate degrees if all other elements are equal. 
  • Candidates must currently be employed in an accredited US district school offering the Common Core State Standards.  Candidates must hold valid and relevant US teacher certification.  Teachers will be US citizens and mother-tongue English speakers (therefore no need to complete TOEFL as evidence of language proficiency).
  • Minimum 2 years of post-qualification/post-provisional certification, relevant teaching experience in a US district school offering the Common Core State Standards with preference given to the New York State.  This experience must be clearly documented in the form of 'letters of experience' on school/district letterhead that are signed and stamped by the school or district and must usually clearly indicate the subjectct
  • Tax-free salary paid on a scale linked to teaching experience up to 13,000 AED per month
  • End-of-service gratuity
  • Free housing (furnished studio apartment with AC, electricity, and water paid for)
  • Joining and departure economy class flights to/from Dubai to the home of record for self
  • Annual flights from to home of record [Economy class] for self-taken once during annual leave
  • UAE-wide medical insurance for self
  • 2,000 AED settling-in allowance
  • 2-year renewable contract with automatic renewal
  • Visa processing costs (excluding document certification) for self
  • Excellent career and leadership prospects


  • To assist in the promotion, direction, and oversight of high standards of teaching and learning,  Provide leadership, support, and direction for Special Education Program, ensuring pupil achievement and progression through effective inclusion for all pupils.  Every child matters.
  • To monitor the quality of teaching and learning, including planning for the relevant groups of pupils and share judgments with teachers and support staff as appropriate to inform further improvements
  • To support all staff in understanding these pupils’ needs and help to identify and disseminate the most effective teaching methods for them
  • To demonstrate, teach and plan alongside teaching and support staff to ensure best practices  To liaise with other leaders to ensure the delivery of an appropriate, comprehensive, high quality and cost-effective curriculum program which complements the school’s strategic objectives
  • To keep abreast of any new developments in the teaching and assessment of the relevant groups 
  • To disseminate information and initiatives to all members of the staff
  • To advise the headteacher on the strategic direction and development of all aspects of SEND and to lead development in those areas
  • To help to monitor/evaluate the school improvement plan implementation
  • To contribute to relevant aspects of the school’s self-evaluation
  • To ensure the curriculum/resources reflect the diverse school community
  • Together with other members of the leadership team, be responsible for identifying resources and their efficient/effective use
  • To identify key CPD needs and lead staff meetings as appropriate
  • To provide high-quality coaching and mentoring to ensure that inclusion is integral across the school
  • To be responsible for managing any budgets for your area 
  • To take part in performance reviews for TAs and other SEN staff
  • To be involved in staff induction (SEND focus only), ensuring that all staff realize their responsibility towards individuals in the relevant groups
  •  Assessment and Target setting for SEND children
  • To co-ordinate assessment results and target setting for the above groups together with the Deputy Head
  • To ensure that appropriate attainment targets exist for individual pupils in the relevant groups
  • To make use of analysis and evaluate performance data in order to improve pupil attainment for the relevant groups
  • To ensure that relevant pupils have a personalized education plan where their particular needs are identified through robust assessment.
This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job

Ignite School offers a KG1 to Grade 12, American education experience leading to a High School Diploma for Emirati and expatriate students.  The Ignite School curriculum aligns to the New York State Learning Standards, which includes the New York State P-12 Common Core Learning Standards (moving to NYS Next Generation Standards) as well as KHDA guidelines.  

Ignite School commenced classes in September 2018 and now has more than 1400 students enrolled for KG1 to Grade 9.  We anticipate opening Grades 10 and 11 in 2024/25 followed by Grade 12 in 2025/26 with a capacity for 2,000 Emirati and expatriate students.  High School will offer Advanced Placement tracks.  We have just achieved NEASC candidacy status and expect full accreditation in 2023/24.

When you join the Ignite School Community in Dubai and you will have the unique opportunity to shape school culture, develop and promote best teaching practices and experience living in the UAE.

Our vision is for all young people to experience that learning has lasting value beyond their life at school.

Our mission is to know the need of every student, collaboratively creating a student-centered, sustainable 21st-century learning environment that fosters leadership, social cohesion, creativity, responsibility, and ambition providing a catalyst for abilities of lasting relevance to emerging.

Learning at Ignite is a student-centered and engaging process of acquiring new knowledge and skills. This empowers our students to be responsible and respectful global citizens, preserving Emirati and global cultural values. Ignite students will be our future leaders and life-long learners who will be resilient, creative, inquisitive, and collaborative forces within their communities.

The “Core Values” that best express what we strive to impart to our students are  Collaborative, Respectful, Responsible, Creative, and Leadership.

Come join our team!

This is a Direct to School Job
This is a Direct to School Job
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