Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

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About the Job

Teach secondary 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

  • Behavior Specialist
  • Blind Teacher
  • Braille Teacher
  • Career and Transition Teacher
  • Collaborative Teacher
  • Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher
  • Deaf Teacher
  • ED Special Education Teacher (Emotional Disability Special Education Teacher)
  • EMD Special Education Teacher (Educable Mentally Disabled Special Education Teacher)
  • Emotional and Behavioral Disorders Teacher (EBD Teacher)

What They Do

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.

Interests

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

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

Work Values

People who work in this occupation generally prize Relationships, but also value Achievement and Independence 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.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

Things They Need to Be Able to Do

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • 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.
  • Monitoring - Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

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 $60,410 with most people making between $38,550 and $90,460

Outlook

0.72%
avg. annual growth

During 2010, this occupation employed approximately 138,000 people in United States. It is projected that there will be 148,000 employed in 2020.

This occupation will have about 1,000 openings due to growth and about 50,000 replacement openings for approximately 51,000 total annual openings.

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