Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

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.

Median Annual Wage: $54,570

Education: Bachelor's degree (66%); Master's degree (22%); Post-master's certificate (6%)

Projected Growth: Slower than average (3% to 7%)

Related Job Titles: Special Education Teacher; Special Education Resource Teacher; Learning Support Teacher; Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator); Emotional Disabilities Teacher; Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher); Resource Program Teacher; Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher); Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher; Special Education Inclusion Teacher

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Source: O*NET OnLine information for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.

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  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Modify the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
  • Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
  • 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.
  • Prepare, administer, or grade tests or assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
  • Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, or self-advocacy.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Interpret the results of standardized tests to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • 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.
  • Guide or counsel students with adjustment problems, academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Prepare objectives, outlines, or other materials for courses of study following curriculum guidelines or school or state requirements.
  • Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
  • Plan or conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Prepare assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers.
  • Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, televisions, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment or materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten or elementary students with special needs.
  • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development.
  • 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.
  • Plan or supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, demonstrations, or visits by guest speakers.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall or cafeteria monitoring, or bus loading or unloading.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.

  • Instructing - Teaching others how to do something.
  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Service Orientation - Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Coordination - Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Critical Thinking - Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Source: O*NET OnLine information for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.

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