Special Education Teachers, Preschool
SOC: 25-2051.00


Teach preschool 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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
25,500 employed

Projected (2024):
27,800 employed

Projected growth (2014-2024)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 2014-2024 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2014-2024). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

Alternate Titles:

  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  • Assistant Teacher
  • Autistic Teacher
  • Behavior Interventionist
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Behavioral Interventionist
  • Blind Teacher
  • Braille Teacher
  • Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher
  • Deaf Teacher
  • Developmental Therapist
  • Developmentally Delayed Special Education Teacher (DD Special Education Teacher)
  • Early Childhood Special Education Certified Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (EC Special Education Teacher)
  • Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator)
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Early Interventionist
  • ED Teacher (Emotional Disabilities Teacher)
  • Emotional Support Teacher
  • Emotionally Impaired Teacher
  • Exceptional Needs Teacher
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
  • Habilitative Interventionist
  • Handicapped Teacher
  • Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher)
  • Hearing Impaired Teacher
  • Home Therapy Teacher
  • Inclusion Special Education Teacher
  • Integrated Program Teacher
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Teacher (LBD Teacher)
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher (LD Teacher)
  • Learning Disabled Teacher
  • Learning Specialist
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Lip Reading Teacher
  • Mentally Impaired Teacher
  • Mentally Retarded Teacher
  • Mildly Disabled Student Special Education Teacher
  • Non-Categorical Preschool Teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Physically Impaired Teacher
  • Pre-K Special Education Teacher
  • Pre-Kindergarten Special Education Teacher
  • Preschool Disability Teacher
  • Preschool Special Education Teacher
  • Reading Interventionist
  • Resource Program Teacher
  • Resource Room Special Education Teacher
  • Resource Room Teacher
  • Resource Specialist
  • Resource Teacher
  • SEBD Teacher (Severe Emotional Behavioral Disorders Teacher)
  • Self Contained Special Education Teacher
  • Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher
  • Sign Language Teacher
  • Special Day Class Teacher
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Special Education Inclusion Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher of Multi-Handicapped Students
  • Special Educator
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Speech Language Pathologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist
  • Teacher
  • Teacher of the Handicapped
  • Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
  • VE Teacher (Varying Exceptionalities Teacher)
  • Visually Impaired Teacher

  • Tasks:

  • Arrange indoor or outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, or safety.
  • Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, or changing their diapers.
  • Communicate nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement, or positive reinforcement.
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students, parents, or guardians.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment or materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Modify the general preschool curriculum for special-needs students.
  • Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development.
  • Plan and supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, or demonstrations.
  • Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
  • Prepare objectives, outlines, or other materials for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements.
  • Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, television, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
  • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
  • Serve meals or snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
  • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, or social skills, to preschool students with special needs.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
  • Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, or self-advocacy.
  • Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, or potential.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise preschool programs.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
  • Meet with parents or guardians to discuss their children's progress, advise them on using community resources, or teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
  • Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
  • Prepare assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adaptive paint brushes
  • Adaptive scissors
  • Adaptive utensils
  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Braille writers
  • Canes
  • Communication boards
  • Communication symbol sets
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Digital video disk DVD players
  • Educational board games
  • Educational puzzles
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Eye gaze communication boards
  • Head operated joysticks
  • Hearing aid devices
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Jellybean switches
  • Laminating equipment
  • Laptop computers
  • Motorized scooters
  • Mouth operated joysticks
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Page turners
  • Pegboards
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Play structures
  • Pointing devices
  • Reading pens
  • Sand tables
  • Science activity kits
  • Sound switches
  • Stabilizers
  • Standing aids
  • Toy block sets
  • Track balls
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Walkers
  • Water tables
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wireless touch screen monitors
  • American Sign Language Browser
  • Children's educational software
  • Drawing software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000