Special Education Teachers, Middle School

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About the Job

Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

It is also Called

  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher
  • BD Special Education Teacher (Behavioral Disorders Special Education Teacher)
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled Teacher (BED Teacher)
  • Blind Teacher
  • Braille Teacher
  • Deaf Teacher
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • EBD Special Education Teacher (Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities Special Education Teacher)

What They Do

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and instructional technology.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

Interests

People who work in this occupation generally have the interest code: SA.

This means people who work in this occupation generally have Social interests, but also prefer Artistic environments.

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Working Conditions and Achievement in their jobs.

Things They Need to Know

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Clerical - Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Education Required

Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.

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Wages

In 2013, the average annual wage in United States was $59,540 with most people making between $38,390 and $88,550

Outlook

1.02%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 98,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 117,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 1,000 openings due to growth and about 47,000 replacement openings for approximately 48,000 total annual openings.

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