Career Details

Special Education Teacher

Career Overview

A special education teacher teaches students who have some type of disability (learning, mental, emotional, or physical).

Education

A four-year bachelor's degree in education or special education is required for this position. Kimberly (the teacher featured in the video) says that a master's degree will better prepare one for this position. A master's degree generally takes an additional two-three years to earn.

Salary Expectations

Low End:
Median:
High End:
$40,000 /yr
$58,000 /yr
$92,000 /yr

Recommended Courses

  • Psychology
  • English - as much as possible!
  • Public Speaking
  • Communication
  • Take as many college-prep courses as possible!
Future Outlook

The job outlook for this position looks good over the next 10 years, keeping in mind that geographical differences may exist.

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Work Environment

A teacher can work in any public or private school. Teachers are often required to do a lot of work on their own time (e.g., preparation, grading). For many, teaching as a special education teacher can be physically and emotionally draining.

Schools
References

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook

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