Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers teach students ages three to 21 who have a variety of disabilities. They design individualized education plans and work with students one-on-one to help them learn academic subjects and life skills. Approximately 497,780 special education teachers are employed in the United States, mostly in public schools.

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Quick Facts
Alternate Title(s) None
Duties Teach students aged three through 21 who have a variety of disabilities; develop specialized education plans for each student; evaluate student progress; meet with parents to discuss their children’s progress
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Minimum Education Level
  • Bachelor's Degree
School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Student-teaching experience required
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
Skills
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Certification or Licensing Required
Special Requirements None
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Outlook Little Change or More Slowly than the Average
Career Ladder
  • School Administrator or Professor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant or Student Teacher

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