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Special Education Teacher

What Does a Professional in this Career Do?

A Special Education Teacher teaches students who have disabilities, and adapts teaching methods to meet the needs of students. Assesses students and helps to develop individualized education plans that specify the services and accommodations needed for each student. Works in a classroom that includes only students with IEPs, or works with students and teachers in regular classes. For students with severe disabilities, may focus on developing skills for independent living. Works as part of a team that includes therapists, school counselors or social workers.

Job Outlook

There were 1958 Special Education Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 110953 in the United States.

In combination with other careers in the Special Education Teacher industry, which includes the Special Education Teacher career, the following graph shows the number of people employed for each year since 2015:

Salary

Many new Special Education Teacher 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 $62,153.

State

The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $59,984.

Percentiles represent the percentage that is lower than the value. For example, 25% of estimated salaries for Special Education Teacher postings in the United States in the past year were lower than $48,703.

Education and Experience

Posted Special Education Teacher 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 Degree9.36%
Bachelor's Degree47.24%
Master's Degree19.7%
Doctoral Degree2.7%
Other14.99%

Posted Special Education Teacher 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 years74.41%
3 to 5 years21.42%
6 to 8 years1.71%
9+ years2.46%

Skills

Below are listings of the most common general and specialized skills Special Education Teacher 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.

  • Teaching (44.58%)
  • Communication (36.46%)
  • Planning (15.41%)
  • Writing (13.68%)
  • Management (10.99%)
  • Interpersonal Communications (10.52%)
  • English Language (9.73%)
  • Research (9.02%)
  • Mathematics (9.01%)
  • Leadership (7.81%)

Defining Skills

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

  • Individualized Education Programs (IEP) (43.46%)
  • Special Education (79.45%)
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (11.75%)

Necessary Skills

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

  • Classroom Management (10.06%)
  • Behavior Management (8.02%)
  • Disabilities (13.53%)
  • Working With Children (6.62%)
  • Mental Health (2.96%)
  • Crisis Intervention (3.74%)
  • Psychology (6.28%)
  • Lesson Planning (14.76%)

Distinguishing Skills

A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.

  • Progress Monitoring (3.81%)
  • Early Intervention (3.53%)
  • Visual Impairment Education (3.95%)
  • Instructional Strategies (7.5%)
  • Direct Instruction (3.85%)
  • Learning Disabilities (5.81%)
  • Hearing Disorders (2.37%)
  • Differentiated Instruction (4.66%)
  • Social Development (3.26%)
  • Physical Restraint (3.46%)

Salary Boosting Skills

A professional who wishes to excel in this career path may consider developing the following highly valued skills. The percentage of job postings that specifically mention each skill is listed.

  • Special Education (98.69%)
  • Instructional Strategies (9.31%)

Alternative Job Titles

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

  • Special Education Paraprofessional
  • School Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Paraeducator
  • Elementary Special Education Teacher
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Middle School Special Education Teacher
  • High School Special Education Teacher
  • Mild/Moderate Special Education Teacher

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 Special Education Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.

United States

  • ATX Learning (8313)
  • Stepping Stones (2504)
  • Maxim Healthcare Staffing (2012)
  • New Story School (1339)
  • VocoVision (1169)
  • Maxim Healthcare Staffing Services (1116)
  • ProCare Therapy (837)
  • Chicago Public Schools (820)
  • Soliant Health (796)
  • Epic Staffing (748)

North Carolina

  • Cape Fear Valley Health System (158)
  • Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools (115)
  • Maxim Healthcare Staffing (57)
  • Stepping Stones (56)
  • VocoVision (55)
  • Autism Society Of North Carolina (48)
  • Wake County Public Schools (46)
  • Connect N Care Aba (39)
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (38)
  • New York Life (37)

NC State Programs Relevant to this Career

If you are interested in preparing for a career in this field, the following NC State Online and Distance Education programs offer a great place to start!