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Director of Special Education

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

Responsible for the planning, development, coordination, and management of all special education programs, services, budgets and personnel. Ensures compliance with state and federal regulations governing the delivery of services to students with disabilities.

Job Outlook

There were 29 Director of Special Education job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 1961 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Elementary and Secondary School Administrator industry, which includes the Director of Special Education career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2012:

Salary

Many new Director of Special Education jobs have salaries estimated to be in the following ranges, based on the requirements and responsibilities listed in job postings from the past year.

National

The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $76,685.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $64,064.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Director of Special Education postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $58,293.

Education and Experience

Posted Director of Special Education jobs typically require the following level of education. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list education requirements.

Education LevelPercentage
Associate's Degree0%
Bachelor's Degree31%
Master's Degree63%
Doctoral Degree2%
Other4%

Posted Director of Special Education jobs typically require the following number of years of experience. The numbers below are based on job postings in the United States from the past year. Not all job postings list experience requirements.

Years of ExperiencePercentage
0 to 2 years14%
3 to 5 years76%
6 to 8 years6%
9+ years4%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Director of Special Education positions expect applicants to have as well as the most common skills that distinguish individuals from their peers. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is also listed.

Baseline Skills

A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.

  • Communication Skills (39%)
  • Teamwork / Collaboration (37%)
  • Planning (30%)
  • Writing (19%)
  • Organizational Skills (19%)

Defining Skills

A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.

  • Special Education (60%)
  • Teaching (48%)
  • Budgeting (34%)
  • Educational Programs (8%)
  • Staff Development (8%)

Necessary Skills

A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.

  • Staff Management (18%)
  • Scheduling (16%)
  • Case Management (9%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • School Psychology (5%)
  • Managing Student Data (3%)

Alternative Job Titles

Sometimes employers post jobs with Director of Special Education skills but a different job title. Some common alternative job titles include:

  • Director Of Special Education
  • Special Education Director
  • Director Of Admissions
  • Special Education Case Manager
  • Director Of Special Services

Similar Occupations

If you are interested in exploring occupations with similar skills, you may want to research the following job titles. Note that we only list occupations that have at least one corresponding NC State Online and Distance Education program.

Common Employers

Here are the employers that have posted the most Director of Special Education jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • Boston Public Schools (41)
  • Idea Public Schools (39)
  • Austin Independent School District (13)
  • Thenewstribune Com (13)
  • Nobel Learning Communities (11)

North Carolina

  • Dpr Construction (3)
  • Johnston County Public Schools (2)
  • Rethinked (2)
  • Methodist Home For Children (2)
  • Rowan Salisbury Schools (1)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

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