Special Education Teachers, Middle School
SOC: 25-2053.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
93,000 employed

Projected (2024):
98,500 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:

  • 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)
  • ED Special Education Teacher (Emotional Disabilities Special Education Teacher)
  • Educational Resource Center Teacher (ERC Teacher)
  • Educational Specialist
  • EMD Teacher (Educable Mentally Disabled Teacher)
  • Emotionally Impaired Teacher
  • Exceptional Children Teacher (EC Teacher)
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
  • Functional Mental Disability Teacher (FMD Teacher)
  • Handicapped Teacher
  • Hearing Impaired Teacher (HI Teacher)
  • Inclusion Teacher
  • Individual Education Program Team Leader (IEP Team Leader)
  • Individual Small Group Instructor
  • Interrelated Special Education Teacher
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Learning and Behavior Disorders Special Education Teacher (LBD Special Education Teacher)
  • Learning Center Instructor
  • Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher (LD Resource Teacher)
  • Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher
  • Learning Disabilities Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher (LD Teacher)
  • Learning Disabled Teacher
  • Learning Support Resource Room Teacher
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Least Restricted Environment Facilitator (LRE Facilitator)
  • Life Skills Teacher
  • Lip Reading Teacher
  • Mentally Impaired Teacher
  • MID Teacher (Mildly Intellectually Disabled Teacher)
  • Middle School Resource Teacher
  • Middle School Special Education Teacher
  • Middle School Teacher for Students with Moderate Intellectual Disabilities
  • MMD Unit Teacher (Mild Mental Disability Unit Teacher)
  • MMI Teacher (Mildly Mentally Impaired Teacher)
  • MOID Middle School Teacher (Moderately Intellectually Disabled Middle School Teacher)
  • MOMD Teacher (Moderate Mental Disability Teacher)
  • MR Teacher (Mentally Retarded Teacher)
  • NSH Teacher (Non-Severely Handicapped Teacher)
  • Physically Impaired Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Remedial Reading Teacher
  • Remedial Reading, Math, or Other Subject Teacher
  • Resource Room Teacher
  • Resource Specialist Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • SED Middle School Teacher
  • SED Special Education Teacher (Severe Emotional Disorders Special Education Teacher)
  • Self Contained Behavior Unit Teacher
  • Self-Contained Special Education Teacher
  • Severe Emotional Disorders Middle School Teacher
  • Sign Language Teacher
  • SLD Teacher (Specific Learning Disability Teacher)
  • SLP Teacher (Speech and Language Pathologist Teacher)
  • Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher)
  • Special Day Class Teacher (SPD Teacher)
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Special Education Collaborative Program Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Educator
  • Special Needs Teacher
  • Teacher
  • Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Teacher of the Emotionally Disturbed
  • Teacher of the Handicapped
  • TMD Teacher (Trainable Mentally Disabled Teacher)
  • TMR Teacher (Trainable Mentally Retarded Teacher)
  • VE Teacher (Varying Exceptionalities Teacher)
  • Visually Impaired Teacher
  • Vocational Trainer
  • Vocational Training Teacher

  • 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
  • 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
  • Economics and Accounting
  • Sales and Marketing
  • Customer and Personal Service
  • Personnel and Human Resources
  • Production and Processing
  • Computers and Electronics
  • Engineering and Technology
  • Design
  • Mechanical
  • 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:

  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • 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 instructional technology.
  • 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 or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
  • Teach students personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
  • Provide interpretation and transcription of regular classroom materials through Braille and sign language.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
  • Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.

  • Tools & Technology:

  • Alternative computer keyboards
  • Assistive amplification systems
  • Audio tape recorders or players
  • Braille slates
  • Braille styluses
  • Bunsen burners
  • Communication boards
  • Computer laser printers
  • Desktop computers
  • Digital video cameras
  • Dissection scalpels
  • Document cameras
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Enteral feeding equipment
  • Eye controlled computer mouse equipment
  • Foot operated mouse equipment
  • Glass beakers
  • Head operated joysticks
  • Interactive whiteboards
  • Jellybean switches
  • Laboratory heating plates
  • Laminating equipment
  • Laptop computers
  • Microphones
  • Mouth operated joysticks
  • Optical compound microscopes
  • Oral suction tubes
  • Page turners
  • Pencil compasses
  • Personal computers
  • Photocopying equipment
  • Portable communication devices
  • Portable oxygen equipment
  • Reading pens
  • Safety gloves
  • Safety goggles
  • Science activity kits
  • Sound switches
  • Tablet computers
  • Talking calculators
  • Teletypewriters TTY
  • Television monitors
  • Trackballs
  • Video camcorders
  • Video cassette recorders VCR
  • Video magnifiers
  • Wheelchairs
  • Wireless touch screen monitors
  • Word prediction software
  • Email software
  • Hand held spell checkers
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Office software
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft SharePoint software
  • Microsoft Word
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
  • Text to speech software
  • Video editing software
  • Voice activated software
  • Web browser software

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    industry stats

    SOC: 25-0000

    Total Employed: 8,542,670

    Average Annual Salary: $53,000