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Academic Teacher (Various Specialties) Series

Academic Teacher (Various Specialties) Series

California State Personnel Board Specification

Series established December 19, 1968


This specification describes classes used primarily by the Departments of Corrections, Developmental Services, and the Youth Authority which are concerned with providing instruction in academic subjects to residents of State institutions. Specific classes have been established for the following specialties:


Academic Teacher (Various Specialties) Series Specification - Class Titles and Codes
Schem CodeClass CodeClass
EB302340Teacher (Business Education) (abolished 12/07/2017 per Pay Letter 18-01)
EC302335Teacher (Emotionally Handicapped) (abolished 06/19/2014 per Pay Letter 14-09)
EB502312Teacher (High School Education) (abolished 06/19/2014 per Pay Letter 14-09)
EB602376Teacher (Home Economics)
EC202338Teacher (Mentally Retarded Children) (abolished 06/04/2015 per Pay Letter 15-17)
EC102326Teacher (Mentally Retarded Deaf Children) (abolished 06/04/2015 per Pay Letter 15-17)
EB702496Teacher (Recreation and Physical Education) (abolished 06/04/2015 per Pay Letter 15-17)
EB902318Teacher (Speech Development and Correction) (abolished 06/19/2014 per Pay Letter 14-09)

Job Description

Persons in these specialty classes help residents of State institutions prepare to become productive and contributing members of society by training them in academic subjects and by helping them to develop socially acceptable attitudes and interests. The Teachers give both individual and group instruction and, in many instances, participate as members of an interdisciplinary treatment team. The Teachers have responsibility for supervising the conduct of the residents while in the classroom and may be called upon to assume general custody responsibilities in time of emergency.


The using Departments have differing programs and, therefore, place emphasis on differing duties but, in general, they all stipulate that the Teacher play an important role in the total rehabilitation process, as well as in teaching the skills which will enable the individual to seek occupational opportunities. The Teachers' tasks include: planning, assigning, and supervising work; maintaining control and discipline in the classroom; controlling all materials and equipment which may be used as potential weapons; preparing courses of study and daily lesson plans; counseling students as to progress in the instructional program; working with students and helping them set and meet educational needs and goals; participating in program evaluation; participating in extracurricular programs; and performing other related duties. They may be assigned to work as relief Teachers in specialties other than those for which they were hired. In addition, they may work with treatment teams which combine the services of personnel in the custody, academic, vocational, psychiatric, and casework areas. The teacher has an important role of providing information of an educational nature which can help other members of the team to better determine each resident's treatment needs. In new and developing programs, Teachers may participate in the development and continuing revision of curriculum.

Minimum Qualifications

The following backgrounds are required for the Teacher classes described in this specification. The credentials referred to are valid California standard credentials. Applicants who do not possess the required credential or one of equivalent authorization may take the examinations but must have on file with the Commission for Teacher Preparation and Licensing an application for an appropriate credential before appointment and must secure the credential within 120 working days after appointment. After issuance, the credential must be maintained by completion of any examinations and course work required.

Business Education

Possession of a Secondary Credential with a major in business education.

Emotionally Handicapped

Possession of an Elementary or Secondary Credential. and Education: Educational preparation must have included 12 units in counseling, psychology, special education, or closely related courses. (Six months of experience teaching the emotionally handicapped in such settings as a school system, mental hospital, or correctional institution may be substituted for the required course work.)

High School Education

Possession of a Secondary Teaching Credential or a credential to teach exceptional children.

Home Economics

Possession of a Secondary Credential with a major or minor in home economics.

Mentally Retarded Children

Possession of an Elementary or Secondary Credential with specialization in the area of the mentally retarded.

Mentally Retarded Deaf Children

Possession of an Elementary or Secondary Credential with specialization in the area of the deaf and hard of hearing. or Education: Equivalent to graduation from a recognized college for the deaf including courses in the methods for teaching the deaf.

Recreation and Physical Education

Possession of a Secondary or Elementary Credential with a major or minor in recreation and physical education.

Speech Development and Correction

Possession of an Elementary or Secondary Credential with specialization in speech correction.

Knowledge and Abilities

All Teachers:

Knowledge of: (With particular reference to their specialty.) Principles and methods of teaching; principles of educational psychology as applied to their teaching; current trends in educational methods; remedial teaching techniques and adapting instruction to student deficiencies; emotional problems of students at State institutions and schools.


Ability to: Provide leadership and motivation to institutional residents; teach and supervise these individuals; work effectively with other disciplines; gain the interest, respect, and cooperation of students; develop socially acceptable attitudes in students; communicate effectively; analyze situations accurately and take effective action; and in some positions�speak fluently one or more variations of a specified second language�in addition to English.

Special Requirements

All Teachers:

Must be willing to continue their educational development; work in a State institution; participate in group-oriented treatment programs; maintain an empathetic and objective understanding of institution residents; demonstrate teaching ability or potential for teaching; emotional stability; tact; patience; open-mindedness; and high moral standards.

Drug Testing Requirement

Teacher (High School Education)

Teacher (Mentally Retarded Children)

Applicants for positions in these classes are required to pass a drug screening test. Testing of current employees who are applicants in an examination or who are transferring is permitted only if the person does not have a current appointment to a class for which drug testing is a requirement.

Class History

Academic Teacher (Various Specialties) Series History - Dates Established, Revised, and Title Changed
ClassDate EstablishedDate RevisedTitle Changed
Teacher (Business Education)05/24/196207/25/197312/19/1968
Teacher (Emotionally Handicapped)06/22/196207/25/197312/19/1968
Teacher (High School Education)193103/07/199512/19/1968
Teacher (Home Economics)07/25/194707/25/197312/19/1968
Teacher (Mentally Retarded Children)193103/07/199512/19/1968
Teacher (Mentally Retarded Deaf Children)09/22/196707/25/197312/19/1968
Teacher (Recreation and Physical Education)193107/25/197312/19/1968
Teacher (Speech Development and Correction)09/22/196707/25/197312/19/1968
  Updated: 1/11/2018
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