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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Also called: High School Special Education Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher

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What they do:
Teach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.
On the job, you would:
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.

Knowledge

Arts and Humanities
  • English language
Education and Training
  • teaching and course design
Engineering and Technology
  • computers and electronics
Math and Science
  • arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics

Skills

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

Abilities

Verbal
  • communicate by speaking
  • communicate by writing
Ideas and Logic
  • notice when problems happen
  • come up with lots of ideas
Attention
  • pay attention to something without being distracted

Personality

People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking.
They do well at jobs that need:
  • Dependability
  • Concern for Others
  • Stress Tolerance
  • Cooperation
  • Integrity
  • Adaptability/Flexibility

Technology

You might use software like this on the job:

Device drivers or system software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Screen reader software
Graphics or photo imaging software
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  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop Hot Technology
Electronic mail software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft Outlook Hot Technology

Education

Education: (rated 4 of 5)
bachelor's degree or
certificate after college
usually needed

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Job Outlook

Average Outlook
New job opportunities are likely in the future.
Salary
$61,710
$41,170
$98,890
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