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Grade: 05
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirement for this position. In the event you do not meet this requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.

  1. I have a degree which includes or is supplemented by supervised student teaching, and at least one course in each of the following areas: general psychology, human development, history and/or philosophy of education, and teaching methods at the learning level of the position to be filled, i.e., elementary or secondary learning level. For secondary school teaching positions, applicants must also have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in each of the principal fields of instruction.


  2. * 1.Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above?
    1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.
    2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.


    * 2.In addition, applicants applying for special education teaching positions MUST have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in special education that included at least one course covering the teaching of exceptional students and courses in the appropriate field(s) of specialization.

    Do you meet the requirements for a special education teaching position?
    1. Yes
    2. No


    NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational and course work requirement.

    ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

    LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

    3.Special Education Teachers develop and modify curricula to meet the diverse learning needs of students. They use their knowledge of curriculum design to develop courses appropriate for adult learners and modify curriculum by creating supplemental activities and assessing student progress. They develop lessons using audiovisual aides, group discussion, and computer assisted instruction. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have used course objectives; and/or I have used assessment results to assist with placement; and/or I have used curriculum provided by the supervisor.
    2. I have assisted others in modifying course objectives; and/or I have assisted the master teacher with administering assessment tools to determine entering skills; and/or I have assisted in the selection of the curriculum.
    3. I have modified course objectives, with direct supervision; and/or I have administered assessment tools, with direction; and/or I have selected curriculum, with direction.
    4. None of the above.


    4.Special Education Teachers plan and conduct an educational program based on the assessment data of students, knowledge of teaching strategies, learning styles, and student interests. Lessons address the unique needs of the students and progress is regularly documented. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have developed lesson plans based upon student interests; and/or I have monitored student progress through classroom group activities; and/or I have assessed student needs through informal methods.
    2. I have developed lesson plans based upon student needs, under the direction of a master teacher; and/or I have assisted with using supplemental activities to remediate deficits; and/or I have assessed student progress through formal re-testing, with assistance.
    3. I have taught using established curriculum; and/or I have taught using existing lessons; and/or I have written student progress reports.
    4. None of the above.


    5.Special Education Teachers utilize a variety of assessment measures to develop effective education plans for their students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have used established curriculum assessments to place students in appropriate groups; and/or I have used supplemental activities established in the curriculum; and/or I have assessed progress using computer-generated progress reports.
    2. I have used other's specific interpretation of formal and informal test results to place the student in the appropriate class/group; and/or I have used remedial strategies suggested by the curriculum; and/or I have assessed progress through classroom activities.
    3. I have selected, administered and scored informal classroom assessments, as a group member; and/or I have used remedial strategies, as a group member; and/or I have assessed progress through informal measures.
    4. None of the above.


    6.In a correctional setting, Special Education Teachers provide instruction to a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. I have completed course work related to teaching culturally diverse individuals; and/or I have assisted in teaching ESL; and/or I have participated in group discussions regarding cultural differences.
    2. I have provided diverse speakers for classes; and/or I have identified and intervened when cultural differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives through communication/discussions in the classroom; and/or I have worked as a translator.
    3. I have worked with diverse groups of individuals in the community setting such as through coaching or Boy/Girl Scout leader, etc; and/or I have identified and used some culturally diverse supplemental materials in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives during class lectures.
    4. None of the above.


    7.Special Education Teachers possess knowledge of special education theory, identification procedures, assessment, placement and individualized instruction for students with special learning needs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
    1. As directed, I have used informal classroom assessments to identify student strengths and weaknesses; and/or under supervision, I have used standardized curriculum for instruction; and/or I have used individualized plans developed by others as an instructional guide for teaching.
    2. With assistance, I have developed classroom procedures for identifying students with learning problems; and/or as a team member, I have administered and interpreted individualized diagnostic instruments such as the Woodcock Johnson III Achievement Battery, and other instruments; and/or as a team member, I have developed individualized instructional programs.
    3. I have used existing school procedures for identifying students with learning problems; and/or I have used test results and recommendation/guidance from others to identify student strengths and weaknesses; and/or under supervision, I have modified existing individualized education plans for students.
    4. None of the above.


Grade: 07
Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response. Some questions will be used to screen out ineligible applicants. Applicant errors in responses will not be corrected. You are responsible for the accuracy of your application. Your application must describe your work and experience, in your own words. If you fail to provide requested information, or the information submitted is insufficient, you may lose consideration for the position.

Applicants MUST meet the below-listed MINIMUM qualification requirement for this position. In the event you do not meet this requirement, you will be found ineligible for the position.
    I have a degree which includes or is supplemented by supervised student teaching, and at least one course in each of the following areas: general psychology, human development, history and/or philosophy of education, and teaching methods at the learning level of the position to be filled, i.e., elementary or secondary learning level. For secondary school teaching positions, applicants must also have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in each of the principal fields of instruction.


* 1.Do you meet the minimum qualification requirement listed above?
  1. Yes, I meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.
  2. No, I do not meet the minimum qualification requirement described above.


* 2.In addition, applicants applying for special education teaching positions MUST have had at least 24 semester hours (or the equivalent) of course work in special education that included at least one course covering the teaching of exceptional students and courses in the appropriate field(s) of specialization.

Do you meet the requirements for a special education teaching position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 3.In addition to the minimum education and special education teaching requirement, you must have one year of specialized experience at, or equivalent to, the GS-5 grade level, or meet the education requirements as described in the VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT. Do you meet the experience and/or education requirements for this position?
  1. Yes
  2. No


NOTE:ALL applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational and course work requirement.

ASSESSMENT QUESTIONS

LISTED BELOW ARE GROUPED STATEMENTS RELATING TO THE ASSESSMENTS/COMPETENCIES NECESSARY FOR THE POSITION. Read each question carefully and select the answer choice that best describes your experience.

4.Special Education Teachers develop and modify curricula to meet the diverse learning needs of students. They use their knowledge of curriculum design to develop courses appropriate for adult learners. They modify curriculum by creating supplemental activities and assessing student progress. They develop lessons using audiovisual aides, group discussion, and computer assisted instruction. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have modified course objectives, with direct supervision; and/or I have administered assessment tools, with direction; and/or I have selected curriculum, with direction.
  2. I have modified course objectives, as a group member; and/or I have identified entrance assessment tools, as a group member; and/or I have modified course material, as a group member.
  3. I have assisted others in modifying course objectives; and/or I have assisted the master teacher with administering assessment tools to determine entering skills; and/or I have assisted in the selection of the curriculum.
  4. None of the above.


5.Special Education Teachers plan and conduct an educational program based on the assessment data of students, knowledge of teaching strategies, learning styles, and student interests. Lessons address the unique needs of the students and progress is regularly documented. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have developed lesson plans based upon student needs, under the direction of a master teacher; and/or I have assisted with using supplemental activities to remediate deficits; and/or I have assessed student progress through formal re-testing, with assistance.
  2. I have assisted in developing lesson plans with supplemental activities, as a group participant; and/or I have identified the remedial needs and interests of the students, as a group member; and/or I have documented student progress through reports and re-testing, as a group member; and/or I have modified curriculum based on student remedial needs, as a group member.
  3. I have planned lessons based upon established student interests; and/or I have monitored student progress through classroom group activities; and/or I have assessed student needs through informal methods.
  4. None of the above.


6.Special Education Teachers utilize a variety of assessment measures to develop effective education plans for their students. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have selected, administered and scored informal classroom assessments, under guidance from the master teacher; and/or I have used remedial strategies suggested by others; and/or I have assessed progress through informal measures.
  2. I have participated with the administration and scoring of formal and informal diagnostic tests; and/or I have participated in developing remedial strategies; and/or I have participated in assessing progress by assisting with retesting using formal assessment measures.
  3. I have used other's specific interpretation of formal and informal test results to place the student in the appropriate class/group; and/or I have used remedial strategies suggested by the curriculum; and/or I have assessed progress through observing classroom activities.
  4. None of the above.


7.In a correctional setting, Special Education Teachers provide instruction to a variety of individuals from diverse backgrounds. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have worked with diverse groups of individuals in the community setting such as through coaching or Boy/Girl Scout leader, etc; and/or I have identified and used some culturally diverse supplemental materials in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives during class lectures.
  2. I have used curriculum developed by others, taught students from diverse backgrounds in a correctional setting; and/or I have encouraged open discussions of various cultures/ backgrounds; and/or I have used supplemental activities developed by others to integrate diverse content and perspectives.
  3. I have provided diverse speakers for classes; and/or I have identified and intervened when cultural differences caused conflict in the classroom; and/or I have addressed different cultural and economic perspectives through communication/discussions in the classroom; and/or I have worked as a translator.
  4. None of the above.


8.Special Education Teachers possess knowledge of special education theory, identification procedures, assessment, placement and individualized instruction for students with special learning needs. From the choices below, please select the one that best describes your experience.
  1. I have used existing school procedures for identifying students with learning problems; and/or I have used test results and recommendations/guidance from others to identify student strengths and weaknesses; and/or I have modified existing individualized plans developed by others as an instructional guide for teaching.
  2. With assistance, I have developed classroom procedures for identifying students with learning problems; and/or with assistance, I have administered and interpreted individualized diagnostic instruments such as the Woodcock Johnson III Achievement Battery, and other instruments; and/or I have developed individualized instructional programs with assistance.
  3. As a member of a team of professionals, I have developed classroom procedures to identify students with learning problems; and/or as a team member, I have administered and interpreted individualized diagnostic instruments such as the Woodcock Johnson III Achievement Battery and other instruments; and/or as part of a team of professionals, I have recommended an individualized education program based upon assessment results.
  4. None of the above.


Grade: All Grades
1.How did you hear about this employment opportunity with the Bureau of Prisons (BOP)?
  1. Private information service
  2. Magazine
  3. Newspaper
  4. Radio
  5. Television
  6. Poster/Flyer
  7. Private employment office
  8. State Employment/Unemployment Office or Career Service Center
  9. State or local Job Information Center
  10. BOP Employee Services Department (bulletin board or other form announcement)
  11. School or college counselor or other official
  12. Agency or other Federal government recruitment at school or college
  13. Recruitment event (other than school or college)
  14. Friend or relative working for the BOP
  15. Friend or relative not working for the BOP
  16. Religious organization
  17. USAJOBS, the official job site of the US Federal Government
  18. BOP Website
  19. Internet job site
  20. Contacted the BOP on my own
  21. Military publication
  22. Military Separation Center
  23. Professional Organization
  24. Federal Job Publication (i.e., Federal Jobs Digest, etc)
  25. Discover Corrections
  26. Washington DC Diversity
  27. Other


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