Special Needs Teacher


What do they do?

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. Changing the way they teach to fit their students needs, and also teaching basic skills (literacy and communication) to children with severe disbilities.


Usually special education teachers teach in public schools. Some work in private schools, childcare services, and other institutions. Special education teachers typically work during school hours. A few work in homes with children, or even travel to a hospital to work with the child.

How do you become one?

You are required to have a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license to teach in public schools. Private schools you're required to have a bachelors degree but you dont necessarily need a license. Some schools you have to have one, and others dont require it.

Whats the average pay?

The median annual pay is around $53,820 for special education teachers, kindergarten and elementary school.

Job outlook; High demands?

The growth for special needs teachers is increasing due to more and more children being born with disabilities. Overall employment also depends on goverment funding, if the schools money is tight they may need to lay off some teachers, including special needs teachers. Employment growth will be limited to a tight budget.

Similar occupations you may be intrested in?

Childcare workers, kindergarden & elementary teachers, social workers, preschool workers, and intructional coordinators.