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.

Quick Facts
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
Alternate Title(s) None
Salary Range $25,000 to $100,000
Employment Prospects Good
Advancement Prospects Fair
Work Environment Primarily Indoors
Best Geographical Location(s) Opportunities are available throughout the country, but are best in large, urban areas
Education and Training
  • Bachelor's Degree
Related School Subjects
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Speech
Experience Student-teaching experience required
  • Interpersonal
  • Public Speaking
  • Teaching
Personality Traits
  • Helpful
  • Problem-Solving
  • Social
Licensure/Certification Required
Special Requirements None
Career Ladder
  • School Administrator or Professor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teaching Assistant or Student Teacher

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