Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
SOC: 25-2052.00


Teach elementary 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):
198,100 employed

Projected (2024):
210,600 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:

  • Academic Interventionist
  • Adapted Physical Education Teacher
  • Behavior Specialist
  • Blind Teacher
  • Braille Teacher
  • Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher
  • Developmentally Delayed Special Education Teacher (DD Special Education Teacher)
  • Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator)
  • Early Interventionist
  • Elementary School Special Education Teacher
  • Elementary Special Education Teacher
  • Emotional Disabilities Teacher
  • Emotional Support Teacher
  • Evaluator
  • Exceptional Needs Teacher
  • Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher)
  • Hearing Impaired Teacher
  • Home Therapy Teacher
  • Inclusion Special Education Teacher
  • Integrated Program Teacher
  • Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Teacher
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Learning Disabled Teacher
  • Learning Specialist
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Lip Reading Teacher
  • Math Interventionist
  • Mentally Retarded Teacher
  • Mildly Disabled Student Special Education Teacher
  • Non-Categorical Preschool Teacher
  • Paraprofessional
  • Physically Impaired Teacher
  • Primary Special Education Teacher
  • Primary Special Educator
  • Reading Specialist
  • Resource Program Teacher
  • Resource Room Special Education Teacher
  • Resource Specialist
  • Self Contained Special Education Teacher
  • Severe Emotional Behavioral Disorders Teacher
  • Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher)
  • Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher
  • Sign Language Teacher
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Special Education Inclusion Teacher
  • Special Education Kindergarten Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher of Multi-Handicapped Students
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher Specialist

  • Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed


    A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.


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

    Job Training:

    Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.

    Required Skills:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Active Listening
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Critical Thinking
  • Active Learning
  • Learning Strategies
  • Monitoring
  • Social Perceptiveness
  • Coordination
  • Persuasion
  • Negotiation
  • Instructing
  • Service Orientation
  • Complex Problem Solving
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Material Resources
  • Management of Personnel Resources

  • Knowledge Used:

  • Administration and Management
  • Clerical
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Design
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Psychology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Geography
  • Medicine and Dentistry
  • Therapy and Counseling
  • Education and Training
  • English Language
  • Foreign Language
  • Fine Arts
  • History and Archeology
  • Philosophy and Theology
  • Public Safety and Security
  • Law and Government
  • Telecommunications
  • Communications and Media
  • Transportation

  • Tasks:

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten or elementary students with special needs.
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise kindergarten or elementary school programs.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Instruct special needs students in academic subjects, using a variety of techniques, such as phonetics, multisensory learning, or repetition to reinforce learning and meet students' varying needs.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, or food preparation.
  • Interpret the results of standardized tests to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • 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.
  • Modify the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
  • 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 or conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Plan or supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, demonstrations, or visits by guest speakers.
  • 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 school or state requirements.
  • Prepare, administer, or grade tests or assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, televisions, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
  • 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.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
  • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Guide or counsel students with adjustment problems, academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Interpret or transcribe classroom materials into Braille or sign language.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
  • Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
  • Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall or cafeteria monitoring, or bus loading or unloading.
  • 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.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments or to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Adaptive paint brushes
  • Adaptive scissors
  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Braille label makers
  • Braille note-taking systems
  • Braille rulers
  • Braille writers
  • Compact digital cameras
  • Compact disk CD players
  • Computer data input scanners
  • Computer laser printers
  • Computer voice input devices
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital audio recorders
  • Document cameras
  • Educational board games
  • Educational puzzles
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Enteral feeding equipment
  • Eye controlled computer mouse equipment
  • FM amplification systems
  • Foot operated computer mouse equipment
  • Head operated joysticks
  • Hearing aid devices
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Jellybean switches
  • Laminating equipment
  • Laptop computers
  • Large display calculators
  • Laser canes
  • Motorized scooters
  • Mouth operated joysticks
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Optical pointing devices
  • Oral suction tubes
  • Overhead data projectors
  • Page turners
  • Pegboards
  • Pencil compasses
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Play structures
  • Portable communication boards
  • Powered wheelchairs
  • Reading pens
  • Sand tables
  • Science activity kits
  • Sound switches
  • Standing aids
  • Talking calculators
  • Talking thermometers
  • Telecommunication devices TDD
  • Toy block sets
  • Trackballs
  • Voice output devices
  • Walkers
  • Water tables
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wireless touch screen monitors
  • American Sign Language Browser
  • Children's educational software
  • Drawing software
  • Email software
  • goQ WordQ
  • Individualized Educational Program IEP software
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Word
  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking software
  • Scientific Learning Fast ForWord
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
  • Synapse outSPOKEN
  • The vOICe Learning Edition
  • Voice activated software
  • Web browser software

  • education training and library

    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000