Special Education

Jessica Padilla, period 10. Ms Paulin

My Career

I would love to major in Special Education. I've always thought it was a gift to take the time and patience to help others who need it. When being a teacher of Special Education, you need to be able to teach students with learning disabilities therefore they're able to understand the information. I'm the kind of person who wants to make a difference. This time it'll be in someone else's life other than mine.

Career Details

Salary: $53,220 per year

Duties/Responsibilities: Make sure that lessons/teachings meet students needs, make sure that students adapt to their surroundings, teach students skills and basic literacy, communication, and math.

Work Schedule:
-Preschool and Kindergarten: 9am-12pm or 12pm-3pm

-Middle School: 8am-3pm

-Secondary School: 7:30am-2:30pm

Many work 10-month school years with a 2-month break during the summer.

Others volunteer during the summer. Few work all-year round; 8 weeks in a row, on break for 1 week, and a 5-week midwinter break.

Working Locations: Residential facilities

Education Needed

Special Education teachers at least need their bachelor's degree. Others just get their degree in Special Education.

Skills Required

  • Communication skills
  • Creativity
  • Critical-thinking skills
  • Instructional skills
  • P.A.T.I.E.N.C.E
  • People skills

Job Outlook/Growth

Special Education employment from 2010-2020:

  • Preschool, Kindergarten, and Elementary School 21%
  • Middle School 20%
  • Special Education Teachers 17%
  • Total, all occupations 14%
  • Secondary School 7%

Advanced Opportunities or Related Jobs

With experience you can become

  • Mentors
  • Lead teachers

When they're this experienced, they often work with less experienced teachers to train them to have better teaching skills.