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Special Education Teachers

Special Education Teachers
Quick Facts : Special Education Teachers*
2010 Median Pay$53,220
Entry Level EducationBachelor's degree
Work Experience in Related OccupationNone
Number of Jobs, 2012459,600
Job Outlook17% (About as fast as average)
Employment Change77,400


Special education teachers work with student with special needs. They help students who have learning disabilities of different types by ensuring that lessons and teaching strategies are modified accordingly.

What Special Education Teachers Do

  • Assess students' knowledge and skills to determine their strengths and needs
  • Adapt, and collaborate with teachers to adapt, lessons to meet the needs of special education students
  • Help develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs), which outline the services and accommodations each student will receive
  • Update IEPs throughout the school year to reflect students' progress and goals
  • Work with teacher assistants to ensure that they have the skills and information necessary to work with special education students

Work Environment

Special education teachers work in either public or private schools. They generally work school hours when students are present but use nights and weekends to prepare lessons, do paperwork, and grade papers. Some special education teachers work during the summer.
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Job Outlook

Employment of special education teachers is expected to grow by 17 percent from 2010 to 2020 because of increasing enrollment and continued demand for special education services.
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Pay

The average salary of special education teachers was $53,220 in May 2010.
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Special Education Teachers*
Average Annual Salary, May 2010

Special Education Teachers

53220

Education Occupations

52556.0

All Jobs in the U.S.

52312.5223
Special Education Teachers*
Percent Change in Employment

Special Education Teachers

16.8407

Education Occupations

15.236553990840912

All Jobs in the U.S.

15.767561808929724

Becoming a Special Education Teachers

All states require public special education teachers to have at least a bachelor's degree. Some of these teachers major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or chemistry, and minor in special education. Others get a degree specifically in special education.
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