Education and Training
Special Education Teacher
What Does a Professional in this Career Do?
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.
There were 2366 Special Education Teacher job postings in North Carolina in the past year and 113010 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 2012:
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.
The average estimated salary in the United States for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $43,033.
The average estimated salary in North Carolina for this career, based on job postings in the past year, is $40,020.
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 $33,546.
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.
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 Experience||Percentage|
|0 to 2 years||77%|
|3 to 5 years||20%|
|6 to 8 years||2%|
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.
A skill that is required across a broad range of occupations, including this one.
- Communication Skills (27%)
- Teamwork / Collaboration (20%)
- Physical Abilities (17%)
- Planning (17%)
- Writing (14%)
A core skill for this occupation, it occurs frequently in job postings.
- Teaching (68%)
- Special Education (65%)
- Autism Diagnosis / Treatment / Care (12%)
- Lesson Planning (11%)
A skill that is requested frequently in this occupation but isn’t specific to it.
- Scheduling (9%)
- Toileting (7%)
A skill that may distinguish a subset of the occupation.
- Child Development (5%)
- Learning Styles (4%)
- Applied Behavior Analysis (4%)
- Group Instruction (3%)
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
- Retail Merchandiser - Bilingual
- Intervention Specialist
- Behavior Interventionist
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.
- Reading Teacher
- English / Language Arts Teacher
- Physical Education Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- History / Social Studies Teacher
- Math Teacher
- Science Teacher
- Middle / High School Teacher
- Bilingual / ESL / Foreign Language Teacher
Here are the employers that have posted the most Special Education Teacher jobs in the past year along with how many they have posted.
- Atx Learning (3622)
- Driveline Retail (1753)
- Stepping Stones (1593)
- Clark County School District (867)
- Vocovision Teleservices (653)
- Wake County Schools (109)
- Winston Salem County Schools (72)
- Winston Salem/Forsyth County Schools (66)
- Driveline Retail (58)
- Johnston County Public Schools (47)
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!
All wages, job posting statistics, employment trend projections, and information about skill desirability on this page represents historical data and does not guarantee future conditions. Data is provided by and downloaded regularly from EMSI Burning Glass (now Lightcast). For more information about how they gather data and what it represents, see Emsi Burning Glass Data Basic Overview.