Special Education Teacher

Bianka Reinbold


Special Education teachers are teachers who are designed to change their instructions in order to meet one of the students special needs. These teachers are required to work with students with different disabilities such as learning disabilities, autism and brain injury. The teacher also needs to keep close contact with the students parents so the parents can work with the student at home. Being a Special Education teacher involved a lot of interaction with other people such as parents, social workers, school psychologists, and other teachers in the school

Skills and Interests


-You need to like to communicate with others. You need to being able to teach, give advice, help, and be of service to others.

- You need to have artistic interests also. You work with students doing different activities that deal with artistic forms, designs, and patterns.


- You need to have good communication skills. You have to read and understand the work materials, listen to others, ask questions, and speak so the person so they can understand the information you are telling them.

-Reason and Problem solving. You need to understand the students strengths and weaknesses.

- Be able to manage oneself, people, time and things. You need to be able to motivate and direct people as they work.

- Work with people. You have to teach others how to do something new to them and look for other ways to help people.

Working Conditions

Interpersonal Relationships is one of the working conditions. As a Special Education teacher, you work closely with students, parents, and other teachers in the building. As this type of teacher, though, you are placed in conflict situations, Also you may have to deal with angry parents. As a Special Education teacher, it must be understood that you are responsible for the work outcomes.

Some of the Physical work conditions involves working mainly indoors. Every so often, the student and teacher may go outside. Often the noise levels can become distracting and/or uncomfortable. You will also need to work very closely to people, at least a few inches.

Outlook and Wages


The outlook for Special Education teachers is rather slow. But as more teachers are retiring, more may enter. These teachers might even go to regular classrooms and help with the teacher in there.


Wages vary by the age of the students they teach.

Yearly: $62,270

Career Related Occupations

  • Elementary School teacher
  • Mental Health Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Middle/High School teacher

Program to Study - Special Education


This program helps prepare students to identify and teach students with emotional disturbances, physical, or developmental impairments. More challenges such as speech and language impairments, blindness, deafness, and autism are included. Special Education programs include the following topics, Special need for exceptional students, learning barriers, public policy, and individualized study plans.

Program Admission

Some of the high school classes you need to take include four years of english, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges may request two years of a foreign language as well. Admissions may very but for all admissions you need good grades. You need to complete a Praxis, personal interview, and personal statement.

Typical Course work

This undergraduate program typically includes courses in the following subjects:

  • Adapting Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Disabilities
  • Assessing Individual Students' Educational Needs
  • Behavior Management
  • Educating Exceptional Learners across the Lifespan
  • Education and Employment of Diverse Populations
  • Exceptional Children in Regular Classrooms
  • Instructional Media
  • Law and Special Education
  • Learning Styles and Instructional Accommodations
  • Students with Emotional and Behavioral Disorders: Theories, Concepts, and Issues
  • Students with Learning Disabilities: Theories, Concepts, and Issues
  • Teaching Students with Specific Learning Disabilities
  • Transitioning Programming for Students with Disabilities

Related Programs


American Sign Language

Education of the Gifted

Education, General

Schools that offer this program

University Minnesota Duluth

Baylor University, Texas

College Choice - UMD

College Info

  • Size and Location - UMD is located in Duluth Minnesota. Total of around 10,680 undergraduates.
  • Admission requirements - you must have completed the ACT with a 24 or higher, have a GPA of 3.43 or higher, and be the top half of your class.
  • College Expenses - Tuition - $12,802 Book and others - $6,551
  • Financial Aid - Scholarships include, Arts, Academics, and Special Achievement.
  • Housing - They offer men only, women only, and co-ed dorms
  • Activities - Volleyball
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Informational Interview - CACFP

CACFP is when you go around to different Child Care providers and help them set a healthy meal and snack program for the kids they are watching. I learned that this is a very flexible job. Also you travel a lot, not that far away from home but you still go to different cities. That is also some of my favorite parts, having a flexible schedule that fits into your day and the raveling. I wouldn't be stuck in an office. Also, the satisfaction of knowing you are helping children eat healthier is a good feeling. One of the main skills you need is good socialization which I believe I have. The environment and the people that you work with are happy and cheerful as well. I believe I would be happy in this job career.