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
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
  • 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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