Special Education Teacher

What Does A Special Education Teacher Do?

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

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How Do I Become A Special Education Teacher?

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.

What is the Average Salary For A Special Education Teacher?

High – 92,000
Median – 58,000
Low – 40,000

What Courses Should I Take To Become A Special Education Teacher?

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

What Is The Work Environment For A Special Education Teacher?

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.

What Is The Future Outlook For A Special Education Teacher?

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

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