Education Specialist (Teacher Specialist)

Job Announcement for Education Specialist (Teacher Specialist) for the Diagnostic Center, Central California (DCC).

UNIT/PC#: 193-210-9200-004
Tenure/Time Base: Permanent Full Time
Location: Diagnostic Center Central - Fresno 1818 Ashlan Ave Fresno, CA 93705
Base Salary per month: $7,514.00 - $10,368.00 Recruitment & Retention per month: $400.00
Total Salary per month: $7,914.00 - $10,768.00
Annual Salary: $94,968.00 - $129,216.00
Workdays: 209 (Academic Calendar)


The Diagnostic Center, Central California (DCC) is accepting applications for the position of Education Specialist. The individual selected to fill this position will participate as a member of a transdisciplinary assessment team and work with some of California’s most complex and challenging students. Primary job duties include the evaluation and diagnosis of a wide range of learning and behavioral disorders. In conjunction to providing high quality diagnostic assessment services, the Education Specialist develops specific, practical, evidence-based interventions and strategies based on the team’s findings. In addition, the Education Specialist will have opportunities to provide professional development opportunities to educators, service providers, and parents on topics related to learning, behavior and interventions at various local, regional and statewide educational trainings and conferences.

Minimum Qualifications

  • California Education Specialist Instruction Credential or other appropriate specialist credential
  • Master’s Degree in Special Education or related field
  • Minimum 5 years of experience providing special education services in public schools
  • Outstanding diagnostic skills in all aspects of the student assessment process (i.e., testing, parent and teacher interviewing, developing rapport with challenging students, etc.)
  • Excellent analytical and written language skills
  • Extensive experience in assessment and interventions serving students with a variety of disabling conditions (e.g., learning disabilities, intellectual disability, autism, severe emotional disturbance, communication disorders, physical disabilities, medically fragile, etc.)
  • Knowledge and experience working with students who have disabilities ranging from mild to severe
  • Knowledge and experience in assessment and interventions serving students with disabilities who are also English Language Learners
  • Ability to work flexibly and cooperatively as part of a transdisciplinary assessment team and routinely complete assignments within pre-established timelines
  • Ability to present assessment findings and implications in a clear and sensitive manner to parents and school district personnel at post-assessment conferences
  • Valid driver’s license and ability to participate and travel throughout the DCC’s catchment area (13 counties), including overnight stays as needed

Desirable Skills

  • Knowledge of federal and state laws pertaining to special education policies and procedures
  • Knowledge of California Common Core State Standards
  • Knowledge of California Department of Education’s California Dyslexia Guidelines
  • Expertise in standardized, non-biased, developmental, and play-based assessments
  • Ability to prepare and present trainings on a variety of assessment and intervention topics
  • Knowledge of evidence based practices for students with autism spectrum disorder
  • Excellent technology-related skills
  • Knowledge and interest in assistive technology, assessment frameworks and tools
  • Bilingual-Spanish

Please refer to Duty Statement for further information related to job expectations.


Benefit information can be found on the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) External link opens in new window or tab. website and the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) External link opens in new window or tab. website.

From employee pensions managed by the CalPERS to health, dental, and vision plans, state employment offers you many benefits. The Savings Plus Program provides additional opportunities to save for retirement with 401(k) and 457 Plans.

California State Teachers Retirement System (CalSTRS) is only applicable if you are currently in the CalSTRS system and wish to remain in their retirement system.

Opportunity to work collaboratively with highly competent individuals from other disciplines (e.g. physician, clinical psychologist, school psychologist and speech language pathologist).

The Teacher Specialist position at DCC works 209 days in the academic year.

Pre-Employment Clearance

This position requires the following pre-employment clearance:

  • Tuberculosis (TB) Risk Assessment and or Test
  • Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ) Fingerprint Clearance.

Additional information is provided after an official offer and acceptance of the position.

Final Filing Date: OPEN UNTIL FILLED - Position to start August 8, 2024

How to Apply or for More Information

Submit the following required documents:

  • Diagnostic Center Central California Faculty Application
  • Resume and Letter of Intent
  • Copy of transcript(s) from Master’s Degree in related Special Education field (upon hire, original transcripts are required)
  • Three Letters of Recommendation (At least one recommendation must be from current or former supervisor. Letters of Recommendation can be submitted later)
  • Attached Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) public view of credential status or credential copy

Submit the completed application packet via email or mail to:

Dr. Chemene Hooker-Henry, Director - Human Resources
California Department of Education - California School for the Blind
California Department of Education State Special Schools Services Division - Diagnostic Centers
500 Walnut Avenue
Fremont, CA 94536

All applications will be screened based upon desirable qualifications and experience.

For questions and/or additional information, please contact Dr. Chemene Hooker-Henry, at or (510) 936-5587 or Melanie Johnson, Director, Diagnostic Center Central at or (559) 243-4047. For more information regarding the Diagnostic Center Central California, visit Diagnostic Center Central California.

The State of California is an Equal Opportunity Employer to all, regardless of age, ancestry, color, disability (mental and physical), exercising the right to family care and medical leave, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, medical condition, military or veteran status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religious creed, sex (includes pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding and related medical conditions), and sexual orientation.