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Yolo County Office of Education

Yolo County Office of Education

Special Education Teacher Positions

Teachers play an essential role in making students feel valued and supported in our educational programs for the special students of Yolo County.


As a special education teacher, you have the option to work with students in:
  • Special Education Programs for students with developmental issues, emotional disturbances, visual or hearing impairment, or suffer from severe handicaps (between 0 and 22 years old)
  • Autism programs

Who are we looking for?

Teaching in the special education field is rewarding but requires patience, creativity, empathy, and high adaptability to different teaching situations. As a professional in the field, we are confident you embody all these qualities. 
If you are driven by a passion for creating a lasting impact on educational systems, we invite you to join us on our journey to transform education. You can help us bring about meaningful and lasting change by leveraging your unique talents and skills.


Special Education Teachers

Education Required:
To get hired as a Special Education Teacher at the Yolo County Office of Education, you must meet the following requirements:
  • You must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
Testing Required:
  • You must have passed the CBEST Exam through the State of California. This requirement is waived if permit is issued between January 1, 2023, to July 1, 2024.
Credential Required:
  • You must hold a valid California Special Education teaching credential or be eligible for a 30-day Substitute Permit.
Experience Required:
  • Job-related experience

Substitute Teachers

Interested in Substitute Teacher positions in Special Education? 

Job Features

As a Special Education Teacher at YCOE, you have the opportunity to:
  • Make a positive impact on the lives of your students by helping them overcome challenges and achieve academic success.
  • Enjoy job stability and security for qualified candidates.
  • Earn competitive salary packages and benefits.
  • Benefit from ongoing professional development opportunities to enhance your skills and stay up-to-date with the latest practices in the field.
  • Work in a welcoming environment that values diversity, respect and collaboration.
  • Advance in your career through leadership roles and mentorship programs.


Are you interested in leveraging your talents to bring about lasting and meaningful change in educating our community? Apply to join us on our journey.

Steps to Apply

  • Find an open position on EdJoin, the sole platform to submit your application. Doing so will ensure that your application goes through our selection process.
  • Our Hiring Managers and Human Resources Department will thoroughly review your application and determine if you meet our requirements.
  • If you meet our qualifications, we will contact you to schedule an interview.

Need help applying?

Our staff is here to help you find a place on our team.

Questions about a current job posting?

Please contact Iris Tapia-Ramirez 
Confidential Administrative Secretary

Technical assistance with your application

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After you’re hired as a special education teacher, through experience and job training, you will come to have the following skills, knowledge, and abilities:
1. Skills
You will perform technical tasks and upgrade your skills periodically to be able to. 
  • Use assessments to evaluate students' academic and social abilities
  • Operate standard office equipment such as computers, printers, and scanners
  • Prepare and maintain accurate records, including progress reports, lesson plans, and individualized education plans (IEPs) for each student.
2. Knowledge
You will develop knowledge of:
  • codes, policies, regulations, and laws related to special education.
  • age-appropriate activities that can help students learn and grow.
  • how to design effective lesson plans.
  • how to tailor teaching methods to meet the needs of individual students.
  • behavioral management strategies that can help create a positive and productive learning environment.
  • effectively communicating with students, parents, and colleagues.
3. Abilities
You will be able to:
  • Establish positive relationships with colleagues, students, and parents.
  • Adapt quickly to changing work priorities and environments.
  • Maintain confidentiality in handling sensitive information.
  • Exhibit tact and patience when working with individuals who may have different backgrounds or needs.


A valid California teaching credential is a document issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CCTC) that certifies that an individual is authorized to work as a teacher in California. The credential indicates the subject area and grade level(s) for which the individual is authorized to teach.
To be valid, the credential must be current, meaning that it has not expired or been revoked, and it must be appropriate for the individual's employment position. For example, if an individual is employed as a special education teacher, they must hold a valid California teaching credential with a special education authorization.


If you fulfill the basic requirement of having a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution, you need to take all of the following steps to get Special Education Credential or contact our Human Resources Department for assistance:
  • You must have a Bachelor's degree in a related field from an accredited institution.
  • Pass the CBEST, which tests your basic reading, writing, and math skills. 
  • Pass the CSET, which tests your subject matter knowledge in special education.
  • Submit an application to the CCTC for the Special Education Credential. The application will include transcripts, test scores, and other documentation.
  • Once you have obtained the Special Education Credential, you must complete continuing education requirements to maintain your credential.
For more information on the testing options, visit the Commission on Teacher Credentialing website page.


As a special education teacher, you'll work with vulnerable students requiring specialized attention and care. Ensuring the students are safe and secure while in your care is essential. That's why California law mandates that all employees working in public schools, including special education teachers, undergo a thorough background check, which includes a criminal justice fingerprint/background clearance.


Our Human Resources Department will provide a Live Scan Form to obtain a Fingerprint Clearance from the California Department of Justice  (DOJ) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI).
The DOJ uses this information to conduct a thorough background check, including a criminal record review. The FBI also conducts a background check to ensure that individuals seeking teaching credentials have not engaged in criminal activity outside of California.
For more information, read “Fingerprint Information” from the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing website.


To get Tuberculosis Clearance for a special education teacher position in California, you need to follow these steps:
  • Obtain a TB Test Order: To get a TB clearance, you will need to obtain a TB test order from a healthcare provider or clinic.
  • Get a TB Skin Test or Chest X-ray: You will need to undergo either a TB skin test or chest X-ray to check for TB infection. A TB skin test involves injecting a small amount of fluid (called tuberculin) under the skin of your forearm and then checking the site 48-72 hours later for any swelling or redness. A chest X-ray involves taking an image of your chest to look for signs of TB infection.
  • Submit the Results: Once you have undergone the TB test, you must submit the results to your employer. You will receive a clearance certificate if you have a negative TB test. If you have a positive TB test, you may need to undergo additional testing to determine if you have an active TB infection.
  • Follow-up Testing: Depending on the results of your initial TB test, you may need to undergo additional follow-up testing, such as a chest X-ray, to confirm that you do not have active TB.
It's important to note that the TB clearance is usually valid for four years. But, if you are exposed to someone with TB or develop symptoms of TB, you will need to undergo additional testing.