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Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten & Elementary School

Also called: Learning Support Teacher, Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Teacher

What they do:
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.
On the job, you would:
  • 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.
  • 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.


Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics
  • administrative services


Basic Skills
  • using the best training or teaching strategies for learning new things
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
  • teaching people how to do something
  • understanding people's reactions
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it


  • communicate by speaking
  • listen and understand what people say
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • use rules to solve problems
  • pay attention to something without being distracted
  • do two or more things at the same time


People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Self Control
  • Adaptability/Flexibility
  • Persistence


You might use software like this on the job:

Device drivers or system software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
Voice recognition software
  • goQ WordQ
  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking software
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook


Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
master's degree
usually needed

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