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Special Education

Special Education Teachers, Special Education Degrees, Special Education Certification


Special Education Teachers work with children and youths who have a variety of disabilities.  Most of the children with Special Education Needs have mild to moderate disabilities.  A Special Education Teacher uses the Modifies the General Education Curriculum to meet the child’s individual needs. Most special education teachers instruct students at the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary School Level. 


The disabilities found among Special Education children include visual and hearing impairment, speech difficulties, emotional disturbance, or some physical handicap that impairs movement.  Each student has an Individual Education Plan (IEP) prepared by the teacher that allows that student to proceed at his or her own pace. 


There are also Special Education Teacher’s Aides who play a role in the classroom.  Many Teacher Assistants work extensively with special education students.  Teacher Assistants in both general education and special education classrooms increasingly assist students with disabilities. 


All Special Education Teachers must be trained and licensed in the specialty, on top of the standard teacher’s education and student teaching hours.  Educational requirements for Teacher Assistants vary and range from a high school diploma to some college training. 


Degrees for the Special Education Professional


  • Associates in Teaching
  • Bachelors/Masters in Teaching
  • State Teaching Credential
  • Special Education Training Certification

Median Annual Salaries for Special Education Professionals

Teaching Assistants




Preschool through Elementary


Middle School


Secondary Schools



Source: U.S. Department of Labor (2004)


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