Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
SOC: 25-2054.00


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.

National Salary Information:

Hourly Statistics:

Annual Statistics:

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2015 wage data.

Employment Projections:

Employment (2014):
134,000 employed

Projected (2024):
141,900 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:

  • 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)
  • Emotional Disabilities Teacher
  • Emotional Support Teacher
  • Emotionally Impaired Teacher
  • Exceptional Children's Teacher (EC Teacher)
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
  • Handicapped Teacher
  • Hearing Impaired Teacher
  • High School Learning Support Teacher
  • High School Special Education Teacher
  • In-Class Special Education Teacher
  • Inclusion Special Educator
  • Interrelated Special Education Teacher
  • Intervention Specialist
  • Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher (LD Resource Teacher)
  • Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher (LD Special Education Teacher)
  • Learning Disabled Teacher
  • Learning Specialist
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Life Skills Teacher
  • Lip Reading Teacher
  • Mentally Impaired Teacher
  • Mentally Retarded Teacher
  • MH Teacher (Mentally Handicapped Teacher)
  • Mild and Moderate Disabilities Special Education Teacher
  • Mild Disabilities Teacher
  • Moderate Needs Teacher
  • Orthopedically Impaired Teacher (OI Teacher)
  • Physically Impaired Teacher
  • Reading Specialist
  • Remedial Reading, Math, or Other Subject Teacher
  • Resource Center Teacher
  • Resource Specialist
  • Resource Specialist Program Special Education Instructor (RSP Special Education Instructor)
  • Resource Specialist Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • Secondary School Special Ed Teacher
  • Secondary Special Education Teacher
  • SED High School Teacher
  • Self Contained Unit Intervention Specialist
  • Self-Contained Classroom Special Education Teacher
  • Severe Disabilities Special Education Teacher
  • Severe Emotional Disorders High School Teacher
  • Sign Language Teacher
  • SLD Inclusion Teacher (Specific Learning Disabilities Inclusion Teacher)
  • Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher)
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Special Education Inclusion Teacher
  • Special Education Instructor
  • Special Education Itinerant Teacher
  • Special Education Math Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Science Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Work-Study Coordinator
  • Teacher
  • Teacher of the Handicapped
  • TMH Teacher (Trainable Mentally Handicapped Teacher)
  • Transition Teacher
  • Various 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
  • Operations Analysis
  • Technology Design
  • Programming
  • Operation Monitoring
  • Quality Control Analysis
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Systems Analysis
  • Systems Evaluation
  • Time Management
  • Management of Financial Resources
  • 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
  • Food Production
  • 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:

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