Special Education Support Specialist

Project Description

The Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) – Special Education Unit in Belize has requested the support of Peace Corps Response Volunteers (PCRVs) to serve as Special Education Support Specialists in various District Education Centres (DEC) and substations. Despite the gains in increasing access to education for Belizeans over the last several decades, access to quality special education and student support services remains relatively low. Children with disabilities in Belize are often excluded from participating in education and employment opportunities. The Belize MoE Special Education Unit (SEU) is responsible for providing education services to children and young persons with additional learning needs. At present there is no standardized curriculum that ensures a balance between the academic and life skills of special needs students, and the SEU is currently taking steps to overcome this challenge.

The PCRVs will support the MoE in expanding and improving special education programming in Belize to serve a vulnerable population of students with disabilities or special learning needs. Each District Education Center (DEC) has a designated officer responsible for training and supporting teachers in Special Education, and the PCRVs will engage these officers, in addition to teachers, in training regarding classroom strategies and instruction, curriculum review/modification, collecting and tracking developmental data for identified children with special needs, and any other needs identified from an analysis to be conducted with the help of the PCRV.

Candidates selected for this position will be arriving in Belize together as a group, so while the departure dates for the whole group could change, dates cannot be changed for individual candidates.

Partner Information

Ministry of Education, Culture, Science and Technology (MoECST) –Special Education Unit

Required Skills

• Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with Special Education component
• Special Education Certification
• Three years of experience working in a school setting with students with special needs.
• Teaching license (active or inactive) OR professional experience as a professor of education or teacher educator
• Experience providing professional development training/coaching to teachers
• High tolerance for ambiguity and high level of flexibility

The Peace Corps embraces and leverages the diversity of its volunteers as a reflection of America's diversity. Peace Corps Response is committed to reflecting the diversity of the United States in the professionals we send into the field to support the mission of world peace and friendship. Applicants with diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Serving in Belize

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Medical Considerations

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