Special Education Teacher

Career Overview

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


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:
High End:
$39,680 /yr
$59,780 /yr
$97,070 /yr

Recommended Courses

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

Future Outlook

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

Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook
Explore Careers, Labour Market Information, Government of Canada