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Job Title:School Physical Therapist

Department:Department of Defense

Agency:Department of Defense Education Activity

Job Announcement Number:12-PTC-060

This position is closed and no longer accepting online applications through USAJOBS.

The contents of the announcement can still be viewed.


$50,658.00 to $159,763.00 / School Year


Friday, April 13, 2012 to Thursday, October 11, 2012




Multiple Schedules - Multiple Appointment Types


Few vacancies - Fort Knox, KY United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Dahlgren, VA United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Campbell, KY United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Benning, GA United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Camp Lejeune, NC United StatesView Map
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US Citizens and Status Candidates


Do you want to work for an exciting educational organization, with the children of our dedicated U.S. Military members?  Our mission is to provide an exemplary education that inspires and prepares all students for success in a dynamic, global environment.  Come work for the Department of Defense Education Activity, Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools!

The Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) is currently accepting applications under examining authority of 10 U.S.C., Section 2164, for the above potential job opportunities in DDESS Schools.


Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) is a DoD Field Activity responsible for the oversight of two school systems, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary & Secondary Schools (DDESS).   DoDEA employs more than 15,000 individuals responsible for educating approximately 90,000 students in 12 foreign countries, seven states, Guam, and Puerto Rico.   The mission of DoDEA is to provide a quality education from pre-kindergarten through grade twelve for the eligible minor family members of DoD military and civilian personnel on official assignments.


  • You must be a U.S. Citizen to apply for this position
  • A background/suitability investigation/determination is required.


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The purpose of this position is to develop, disseminate, and evaluate programs and procedures for physical therapy and assessment, review therapy goals and plans for each qualified individual, supervise and coordinate the physical therapy program. Plans, develops, and organizes long and short range goals, objectives, lesson plans, and daily class work in a manner that will ensure adequate coverage within the time frame allotted for the discipline content and skills required to meet approved course outlines and curriculum objectives of the school system. Conducts classroom instruction using modern professional teaching principles, practices and techniques appropriate to the subject matter or grade level(s) of assignment. Maintains a keen awareness of student progress. Determines the need for, develops, and follows through on individual learning programs for students who are having common learning difficulties. Exercises continuous surveillance over the educational welfare of assigned students by working with school counselors, specialists, administrators, and/or school psychologists to resolving learning and behavioral problems of students. Maintains individual and class records. Counsels students on their progress in meeting the goals and objectives established for the class and/or the individual student. Meets and deals independently with other teachers, parents, and guardians concerning student progress and/or problems. Participates in committee activities to review, evaluate, and develop educational materials which will improve the education program or the climate of' the school. May be required to supervise students during outside activities, in the lunchroom, during bus arrivals and departures, etc.


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In order to be considered for employment for positions in DoDEA, applicants must meet the general criteria below.

Applicants must also read the information under Position Categories and Requirements available on our web page at to find out more about specific requirements for the various DoDEA subjects/teaching fields.

1.  United States (U.S.) citizenship. 

2. Minimum Academic Preparation and Requirements. A baccalaureate degree from an institution accredited by a regional accrediting association is required. Academic preparation of at least 40 semester hours (SH) in general education course work distributed over such fields as English, history, social studies, mathematics, fine arts, languages, science, philosophy, and psychology is required. In addition, a minimum of 18 SH of professional teacher education course work in such areas as learning process, measurement, philosophy, psychology, social foundations, methods of teaching and curriculum applicable to the type and level of the position for which applying is required. (Note: Communications Impaired Teachers, School Nurses, and School Psychologists are excluded from the minimum academic preparation requirement.) 

3. Student Teaching or an Internship. Student teaching or an internship as part of an approved teacher education program in an accredited U.S. institution is required. In the absence of an approved student teaching or internship program, applicants may be given credit for one year of successful full-time employment as an educator.

(Note: Communications Impaired Teachers, School Nurses, Guidance Counselors, and School Psychologists are excluded from the student teaching requirement.)


4. State or Territory Certification/License. In lieu of meeting the DoDEA minimum qualifications, applicants may be considered and hired based on a valid state or territory certificate or license in the subject area for which applying.

(SPECIAL NOTE: Effective January 2009, DoDEA adopted a new business process for rating teacher applications. Minimum Academic Preparation and Requirements and Information, to include State endorsements (as DoDEA determines comparable to DoDEA's teacher categories), AND official transcripts reflecting 50% of the course work in the content area, must be considered with each position, where applicable.) 

5. DoDEA Licensure. There are three types of licenses issued to DoDEA employees: 

  1. Emergency License. This license is issued only when a fully qualified, licensed applicant is not available for the position, and the position is essential to the instructional program. It is valid for one school year but is seldom used.
  2. Provisional License. Newly hired educators (other than those who are issued an emergency license) will be issued a Provisional License. The Provisional License is valid for two school years. Requirements for the Professional License must be completed no later than the second school year of employment.
  3. Professional License. Educators who have completed two years of successful teaching experience with DoDDS and meet all qualification requirements as stated in this brochure will be issued a DoDEA Professional License.  

6. Testing Requirements. Applicants must submit proof of achieving DoDEA minimum scores for the required PRAXIS test(s) as stated below. 


Competency Tests / Qualifying Scores
Either the PK or the PLT
Test of Professional Knowledge (PK)/ 653
Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT)   
      Grade Levels K-6 / 156
      Grade Levels 5-9 / 153
      Grade Levels 7-12 / 158 

And Either CS or PPST
Test of Communication Skills (CS) / 655
Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST)**

      Reading / 177 (CBT - 325)
      Writing / 174 (CBT - 320)
      Math / 175 (CBT - 320)

** Computer based test (CBT) scores are accepted. 

Exemptions to the testing requirement:

Applicants who are fully certified by a state.

  • Applicants who have completed seven (7) years or more of full-time professional teaching experience. 
    JROTC Instructors.
  • Applicants for the positions of Guidance Counselors, School Psychologist, Communications Impaired Teacher, and Vocational Training Instructor are only required to take the Pre-Professional Skills Test or the Test of Communication Skills.

7. Extracurricular Activities. In addition to meeting the academic requirements, most positions require participation in extracurricular activities


DoDEA employs the best-qualified professional staff to implement its program of learning. Some of the special selection factors applied to determine the best-qualified and suitable applicants are below.  

  • Academic preparation.
  • Information secured through employment references and sources. 
  • Recommendation from interviewer. 
  • Recent experience as an educator. 
  • Possession of personal qualifications and traits, such as stability and ability to adapt to unusual and sometimes stressful situations, which are essential for successful performance. 
  • Academic preparation to teach more than one subject or grade level. (Note: This flexibility is critical to meet the needs of the ever-changing population of students.) 
  • Special achievements or awards related to the position(s) for which being considered. 
    Special skills, abilities, training and experience.


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Working for the Deparment of Defense Education Activity offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes, in part, paid vacation, sick leave, holidays, life insurance, health benefits, and participation in the Federal Employees Retirement System.  The following Web address is provided for your reference to explore the major benefits offered to most Federal employees. To find out more click here


Positions under this announcement will be filled by appointment in the Excepted Service.


Relocation expenses are not authorized.
If you are selected for this position and are not a current DDESS employee, the documentation you present for purposes of completing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Form I-9 on your entry-on-duty date will be verified through the DHS 'E-Verify' system.  Federal law requires DDESS to use the E-Verify system to confirm the employment eligibility of all new hires.  Under this system, the new hire is required to resolve any identified discrepancies within eight (8) Federal government work days as a condition of continued employment.


Condition of Employment:  Selectee will be required to participate in Direct Deposit/Electronic Fund Transfer as a condition of employment, reassignment, or promotion, in accordance with DoD Regulation 7000.14-R.


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DoDEA Employment Application System (EAS)- Apply now! Click here: to apply. 


Important Note:  We have combined the two separate EAS application systems for the Department of Defense Dependents Schools (DoDDS) and the Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary Schools (DDESS) into one online application system for DoDEA. Candidates applying after May 1, 2012 will be considered for the 2013/14 school year. If there is an insufficient pool of candidates for the 2012/13 school year, we may pull applications from 2013/14 school year to fill the 2012/13 position.

EAS allows educators seeking employment with the Department of Defense Education Activity (DoDEA) the ability to submit and manage their applications in an online environment. EAS provides the applicant the ability to update their information each year.

All DoDEA educator applicants may view their applications online and make changes to their application at any time.  

To view your application:



The following documents must be uploaded to your online EAS application.  You must submit all required documents; otherwise your application will be considered incomplete.   
1. Online EAS application  - Required

2. *Transcripts - Required

3. Copy of State or Territory Certification/License or DoDEA License

4. Eligibility documentation (SF-50, DD-214, etc.) - If applicable to you (Eligibility documentation may contain:  Copy of latest SF-50, Notification of Personnel Action, if applicant has current or previous Federal civil service experience. 

*Photocopy of all OFFICIAL college/university transcripts (front and back) with announcement number stated on them.  To receive the maximum allowable credit you must include all transcripts (front and back) for each degree earned to include any additional courses currently in progress.  Any transcripts submitted that are not in English or not official will be removed from the application and will not be considered. (Transcripts must be in English.) 

Applicants requesting Military Spouse Preference (MSP) must submit the following documents along with their completed application: 

  1. Military Spouse Employment Request Form (Form available online at:
  2. A copy of the sponsor's Permanent Change of Station orders indicating authorization of dependent travel.
  3. Copy of marriage certificate


Applicants claiming 5-point veteran's preference must submit a copy of DD-214 (copy member 4), Certificate of Release or Discharge from Active Duty. Applicants claiming 10-point veteran's preference must submit DD-214 and Standard Form 15, form available online under forms at Application for 10-Point Preference, as well as the required documentation indicated on the SF-15.  Lack of supporting documentation will result in the agency's inability to recognize veteran status for this announcement.
Note:  Applicants may not be considered or rated if they do not submit all of the forms indicated above and failure to submit the required forms will not be a basis for subsequent appeal or grievance.


DDESS Staffing
Phone: (678)364-6852
Agency Information:
Area Service Center DDESS
700 Westpark Drive
Peachtree City, GA
United States


Once your complete application is received and the announcement has closed, we will conduct an evaluation of your qualifications and determine your ranking. The most highly qualified candidates will be referred to the hiring manager for further consideration and possible interview.

Additional Duty Location Info

Few vacancies - Fort Knox, KY United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Dahlgren, VA United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Campbell, KY United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Benning, GA United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Camp Lejeune, NC United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Bragg, NC United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Buchanan, PR United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Maxwell AFB, AL United StatesView Map
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Few vacancies - Fort Rucker, AL United StatesView Map
Few vacancies - Fort Stewart, GA United StatesView Map
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