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Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Also called: Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (ECSE Teacher), Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher

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What they do:
Teach preschool 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:
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
  • Communicate nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement, or positive reinforcement.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Math and Science
  • psychology
  • sociology and anthropology
Safety and Government
  • public safety and security

Skills

Basic Skills
  • talking to others
  • listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions
Social
  • understanding people's reactions
  • looking for ways to help people
Problem Solving
  • noticing a problem and figuring out the best way to solve it

Abilities

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

Personality

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

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Device drivers or system software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
Spreadsheet software
  • Microsoft Excel Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software

Education

Education: (rated 5 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Bright Outlook
New job opportunities are very likely in the future.
Salary
$55,840
$34,300
$100,160
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