State School Teacher (12 Months) (35 Hour)


Recruitment #240701-8039T4-001


Are you a licensed teacher who is interested in a career where you can do what you’re passionate about and make a difference?  If so, we encourage you to join our team and apply for the State School Teacher position today!

The State of Connecticut, Department of Children and Families (DCF) – Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center – South Campus, is accepting applications for one (1) full-time State School Teacher positions in Middletown, CT.


We would entrust you to work extensively with teachers and administration to help students improve their learning skills.  We expect the incumbents would be able to provide specific strategies for teaching and supporting students with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision making, risk-taking and inventiveness.  We would support you as you collaborate with classroom teachers as well as support staff, monitor student progress, and administer assessments as necessary.


We are seeking a candidate who possesses:

  • An understanding of the different types of learning styles of students and being able to teach to their ability levels.
  • The ability to work with a variety of different disciplines throughout the day.
  • Working knowledge of classroom routines and disciplines.
  • Outstanding personal and interpersonal skills.
  • The ability to follow the class schedule as provided by the school administration with the understanding that it may change unexpectedly.

Position Highlights: PCN 97029

  • Full-time;35 Hours per week
  • Monday - Friday
  • First (1st) Shift; 7:50 am – 3:20 pm
  • Special Education 165 Certification Required

In your role as a State School Teacher, you will have the opportunity to:

  • Teach early intervention elementary, secondary, special subject and/or special education curricula;
  • Develop educational plans for individuals and groups material level to students ability;
  • Set short term and long term goals and evaluate progress of students;
  • Participate in planning team meetings and case review conferences assessing student behavior;
  • Relate to professionals in ancillary educational roles;
  • Maintain student records and write reports;
  • May hold conferences with parents or officials concerned with student’s performance;
  • Perform related work as required.

What we can offer you:

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  • Professional growth and paid professional development opportunities.
  • A healthy work-life balance to all employees!
  • The opportunity to work for a Forbes top company: ‘Forbes’ State of Connecticut Ranked one of the best Employers of 2023 – State of CT receives National Recognition for Offering Job Growth, Competitive Benefits, and Flexible Schedule.
  • The State of Connecticut is an eligible Public Service Loan Forgiveness employer, meaning you may be eligible to have qualifying student loans forgiven after 10 years of service.  Click here for more information.

About the Department of Children and Families:

Caring, healing and teaching -partnering with children, families and communities to build hope and create opportunities. 


We believe that:

  • Children and adolescents with serious emotional disorders can lead productive and satisfying lives. 
  • Children, youth and their families have the right and responsibility to participate in their treatment. 
  • No child will be refused treatment based on their ability to pay for services. 
  • Our services work best when integrated with community care.

About the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center:

At the Albert J. Solnit Children’s Center, we treat our youth and each other with dignity and respect.  It is in this relational, cultural and gender sensitive surrounding that our therapeutic milieu is based.  Interdisciplinary teams develop, implement and continually assess individualized treatment plans.


Solnit – South Campus is a state-administered Psychiatric facility for Connecticut’s children who are under the age of eighteen, located on a 67-acre campus overlooking the Connecticut River in Middletown, CT.  The center provides comprehensive care to children and adolescents with severe mental illness and related behavior and emotional problems who cannot be safely assessed or treated in a less restrictive setting.


The campus includes: Four coed hospital units, three female adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Facility cottages (PRTF), two schools, an indoor pool, playgrounds, ball field, two gyms, recreation rooms, and outdoor picnic area.

Selection Plan


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To Apply:

  • In order to be considered for this job opening, you must meet the Minimum Qualifications as listed on this job opening.  You must specify your qualifications on your application.
  • For current state employees, salary calculations are not necessarily comparable from one of the three branches of government (i.e., Executive, Legislative, Judicial) to the other.
  • The minimum experience and training requirements must be met by the close date on the job opening, unless otherwise specified.
  • These positions will be filled in accordance with contractual language, reemployment, SEBAC, transfer, promotion, and merit employment rules.  Applications to this recruitment will be used to meet collective bargaining requirements.  Once any collective bargaining requirements have been met, all other applications may be considered.
  • Interviews will be limited to candidates whose experience most closely meets the preferred qualifications, so please ensure that your application is complete and details your experience as outlined in this job posting.  Please note: You will be unable to make revisions once you submit your application into the JobAps system.
  • The immediate vacancy is listed above, however, applications to this recruitment may be used for future vacancies in this job class.
  • Ensure that your application is complete and detailed before submitting it. In order to comply with Public Act 21-69, the State of Connecticut is no longer asking for resumes during the initial application process. You will not be able to make revisions once your application is submitted into the JobAps system.

Important Next Step Information for After You Apply:

  • Although applicants will receive correspondence via email, as a backup they are also encouraged to sign on to their Personal Status Board on a daily basis to monitor their status, view all emailed notices and complete tasks required in the recruitment process.
  • This posting may require completion of additional referral questions (RQs). You can access these RQs via an email that will be sent to you after the posting's closing date or by visiting your JobAps Personal Status Board (Certification Questionnaires section). Your responses to these RQs must be submitted by the question's expiration date. Please regularly check your email and JobAps Personal Status Board for notifications. Please check your SPAM and/or Junk folders on a daily basis in the event an email provider places auto-notification emails in a user's spam.
  • At any point during the recruitment process, applicants may be required to submit additional documentation which support their qualification(s) for this position. These documents may include: a cover letter, resume, performance reviews, attendance records, supervisory references, licensure, etc., at the discretion of the hiring agency. Applicants must meet the minimum qualifications as indicated to apply for this position.
  • All application materials must be received by the recruiting agency by the time specified on the job opening for the position for which you are applying. Late applications may not be submitted and will not be considered. Exceptions are rare and limited to documented events that incapacitate a candidate during the entire duration of the job posting time period. It is the candidate’s obligation and responsibility to request an exception and provide a legally recognized justification to accommodate such exception. Requests should be made to
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In a state institution, facility or region within a state unified school district this class teaches appropriate early intervention, elementary, secondary, special subjects and/or special education curricula to individuals enrolled in departmental education programs.


  • Teaches early intervention, elementary, secondary, special subject and/or special education curricula;
  • Develops educational plans for individuals and groups material level to students ability;
  • Sets short and long term goals and evaluates progress of students;
  • Participates in planning team meetings and case review conferences assessing student behavior; 
  • Relates to professionals in ancillary educational roles;
  • Maintains student records and writes reports;
  • May hold conferences with parents or officials concerned with student's performance;
  • Performs related work as required.


  • Knowledge of
    • the philosophy and methods of education and teaching;
    • the principles and practices of education for special needs population;
    • student program needs and goal setting;
  • Ability to
    • motivate students;
    • communicate at the appropriate level;
    • establish cooperative relationships with those contacted in work;
    • prepare written reports.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university or college.


Special Education (165) certification


  • Employment in this class is conditional upon possession of a valid Connecticut State Board of Education teaching certificate appropriate to the teaching assignment.
  • Incumbents in this class may be required to possess and retain a current Connecticut Motor Vehicle operator's license.


In addition to the checking of references and of facts stated in the application, a thorough background investigation of each candidate may be made prior to appointment.



The State of Connecticut is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and strongly encourages the applications of women, minorities, and persons with disabilities.


As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes.  As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.