PE Teacher for Students with Autism

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. Lisle, IL
  • Depends on experience
  • Full Time
  • Health Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, 401K / Retirement, Employee Discounts
  • Employer Likely to Respond

 The Physical Education Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing a physical education program for students with Autism Spectrum Disorders that focuses on laying the foundation for lifelong fitness practices, establishing healthy habits, and cultivating leisure interests.

Physical Fitness and Recreation/Leisure Programming

  • Plan and lead group-based or individual physical education sessions for students with a wide range of skills and abilities providing adaptations and modifications of the activities when necessary in order to promote student growth
  • Establish routines and expectations for the session that meet students’ instructional and therapeutic needs and are in line with autism best practices (e.g., warm up routine, visual boundaries for play, visual schedule, etc.)
  • Assess students’ strengths, needs, and preferences and implement creative programming to engage and motivate students
  • Create an environment in physical education sessions that encourages student participation; model and train staff during physical education sessions on appropriate methods to encourage student participation
  • Work cooperatively with other physical education teachers or physical education specialists in planning a balanced physical education program that addresses students’ needs across the grade levels (K-12)
  • Maintain recreational areas (e.g., gym, open area, etc.), supplies, and equipment, including but not limited to: regular upkeep, daily cleaning, check-in/out system for equipment
  • Complete professional documentation including daily communication logs to families, behavioral data collection, accident reports, physical intervention and seclusion forms, etc.
  • Operate within a given budget to appropriately allocate resources and continue to expand the breadth of the physical education program
  • Administer Illinois Physical Fitness Assessment/Brockport Assessment annually to students  and collect data to be reported to school districts

Staff Support

  • Collaborate with educational and therapeutic team members to ensure effective implementation of student specific interventions, including but not limited to: positive reinforcement systems, communication systems, sensory diets, and teaching methodologies
  • Model and train staff on how to incorporate fitness practices and movement throughout a student’s day
  • Participate in building-wide department meetings,  classroom meetings, program-specific meetings, all-school meetings, and professional development activities

Other Responsibilities

  • Supervise students during routines and less structured times within the students’ day (e.g. lunch, recess, am/pm bus, toileting, activities of daily living, etc.) when necessary
  • Comply with all organization-wide and program-specific polices

The responsibilities listed above are representative and not all inclusive. Other duties may be assigned by supervisors.


  • Knowledge of best practices in physical education instruction; ability to adapt instruction to meet the needs of a variety of learners
  • Knowledge of Autism Spectrum Disorders – willingness to learn how to support students with varied needs
  • Able to collaborate with a multi-disciplinary team; able to listen to a variety of perspectives and ideas and incorporate them into practice
  • Able to maintain professionalism and patience in times of crisis
  • Effective communication skills – clearly and concisely communicates with others
  • Proven interpersonal skills; able to establish and maintain rapport with staff members; able to resolve interpersonal conflicts effectively
  • Positive, creative, and solution-oriented outlook, especially in challenging moments
  • Strong organizational and time management skills
  • Flexible and able to adapt to change quickly
  • Knowledge of relevant instructional strategies


  • Bachelor’s degree in Physical Education  or Education
  • State of Illinois issued PEL (Professional Educator’s License) with PE endorsement on file with the DuPage County Regional Office of Education required

The Physical Education Teacher is an exempt position under the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
Salary is commensurate with level of education and experience.
The Physical Education Teacher follows the Day School Staff calendar.

  • Pre-employment physical, drug screening, and criminal background check
  • Possesses appropriate professional credentials
  • Passing PCM training is a requirement of this position. Participation in PCM training and adherence to the Professional Crisis Management Association’s guidelines require at least average physical fitness. Any physical limitations or conditions that may impact one’s ability to participate in PCM training or PCM must be made known to Giant Steps upon application, as performance of various physical tasks is a bona fide occupational requirement of this position.


  • Work is typically performed indoors within the school facility
  • Moderate physical movement is required for the job
  • Moderate exposure to physical risk is anticipated
  • The noise level in this work environment varies from quiet to very loud.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is continually required to stand, walk, sit, run, squat, kneel, crawl, climb, balance, crouch, talk, hear, smell, and see. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 50+ pounds.


  • An annual performance review will be conducted each spring by the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment
  • The Physical Education Teacher will complete a self-assessment of his/her performance and submit the self-assessment to the Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment two weeks prior to his/her annual review each spring

Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. provides a competitive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage to all full time employees who work a minimum of 30 hours/week.

Giant Steps adheres to all the laws, statutes, and regulations concerning equal employment opportunities and affirmative action. We will not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including: veteran status, disability, religion, race, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, childbirth or FMLA related medical condition, height, weight, familial status, marital status and genetic information.
This disclaimer is to acknowledge that it is highly probable that as an employee of Giant Steps Illinois, Inc., you are at risk of personal injury. Injuries may include, but are not limited to hitting, biting, kicking, scratching, and having hair pulled. The extent of some injuries may result in a break in the skin. All injuries must be documented according to the policies and procedures outlined in the Employee Handbook. Often, individuals are placed in this setting as a result of physical aggression or acting out behaviors that may prohibit them from participating in other environments. Our setting allows for these atypical behaviors. All employees are required to show proof of a Hepatitis B vaccination upon hire.
*Giant Steps Illinois, Inc. has the ability to review and change the job description when necessary

Giant Steps is a therapeutic day school serving individuals with autism, along with an adult day program.

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