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Special Education Teacher, Middle School

Minimum Education Required for this Career

Basic Certificate
Advanced Certificate
Associate's Degree
4+ year Degree
4+ Year Degree
$44,313

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Special Education

Nature of the Work

Special education teachers typically:

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and instructional technology.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

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Wage estimates are based on Occupational Employment Statistics and the American Community Survey. Wage estimates are also affected by county-level Economic Modeling Specialists Intl. (EMSI) earnings by industry. The Nature of the Work description is from O*Net Online, sponsored by the U.S. Department of Labor.