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25-2052.00 - 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.

Sample of reported job titles: Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator), Emotional Disabilities Teacher, Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (ESE Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Lip Reading Teacher (LD Teacher), Resource Program Teacher, SEBD Teacher (Special Education Administrator), Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher, Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher, Teacher

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Tasks   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

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

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Tools & Technology   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

Tools used in this occupation:

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Assistive listening devices — FM amplification systems See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Board games — Educational board games See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille label makers; Braille note-taking systems; Braille rulers; Braille writers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Building blocks — Toy block sets See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Canes or cane accessories — Laser canes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Childrens science kits — Science activity kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Compasses — Pencil compasses See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated computer mouse equipment; Trackballs See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop calculator — Large display calculators; Talking calculators See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Desktop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Document camera — Document cameras See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handheld thermometer — Talking thermometers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Handicraft tools or materials or equipment for the physically challenged — Adaptive paint brushes; Adaptive scissors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Hearing aids for the physically challenged — Hearing aid devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laminators — Laminating equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Laser printers — Computer laser printers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Portable communication boards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Notebook computers — Laptop computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Patient scooters — Motorized scooters See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Personal computers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Pointers — Optical pointing devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Puzzles — Educational puzzles See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Computer voice input devices; Reading pens See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Standers or standing aids — Standing aids See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Telecommunication devices TDD See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Therapeutic pegboards or activity boards — Pegboards See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Voice output devices See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Walkers or rollators — Walkers See more occupations related to this tool.
  • Wheelchairs — Powered wheelchairs See more occupations related to this tool.

Technology used in this occupation:

  • Computer based training software — Children's educational software; Scientific Learning Fast ForWord See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Data base user interface and query software — American Sign Language Browser *; Individualized Educational Program IEP software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software; Synapse outSPOKEN; The vOICe Learning Edition * See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Electronic mail software — Email software; Microsoft Outlook See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Graphics or photo imaging software — Drawing software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Internet browser software — Web browser software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Voice recognition software — goQ WordQ; Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking software; Voice activated software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word See more occupations related to this technology.

* Software developed by a government agency and/or distributed as freeware or shareware.

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Detailed Work Activities   Save Table (XLS/CSV)

  • Assist students with special educational needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop instructional materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Evaluate student work. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor student performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Monitor student behavior, social development, or health. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain student records. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Assess educational needs of students. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Encourage students. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop instructional objectives. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach life skills. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare tests. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan educational activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Create technology-based learning materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Supervise school or student activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Plan experiential learning activities. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Direct activities of subordinates. See more occupations related to this activity.
  • Display student work. See more occupations related to this activity.

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Credentials

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Interests   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Occupational Interest
Interest
100 
Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.See more occupations related to this interest.
50 
Artistic — Artistic occupations frequently involve working with forms, designs and patterns. They often require self-expression and the work can be done without following a clear set of rules.See more occupations related to this interest.
39 
Conventional — Conventional occupations frequently involve following set procedures and routines. These occupations can include working with data and details more than with ideas. Usually there is a clear line of authority to follow.See more occupations related to this interest.
33 
Investigative — Investigative occupations frequently involve working with ideas, and require an extensive amount of thinking. These occupations can involve searching for facts and figuring out problems mentally.See more occupations related to this interest.
17 
Enterprising — Enterprising occupations frequently involve starting up and carrying out projects. These occupations can involve leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes they require risk taking and often deal with business.See more occupations related to this interest.
0 
Realistic — Realistic occupations frequently involve work activities that include practical, hands-on problems and solutions. They often deal with plants, animals, and real-world materials like wood, tools, and machinery. Many of the occupations require working outside, and do not involve a lot of paperwork or working closely with others.See more occupations related to this interest.

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Work Values   Save Table (XLS/CSV)


Extent
Work Value
100 
Relationships — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to provide service to others and work with co-workers in a friendly non-competitive environment. Corresponding needs are Co-workers, Moral Values and Social Service.See more occupations related to this work value.
78 
Achievement — Occupations that satisfy this work value are results oriented and allow employees to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment. Corresponding needs are Ability Utilization and Achievement.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.See more occupations related to this work value.
61 
Support — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer supportive management that stands behind employees. Corresponding needs are Company Policies, Supervision: Human Relations and Supervision: Technical.See more occupations related to this work value.
56 
Working Conditions — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer job security and good working conditions. Corresponding needs are Activity, Compensation, Independence, Security, Variety and Working Conditions.See more occupations related to this work value.
50 
Recognition — Occupations that satisfy this work value offer advancement, potential for leadership, and are often considered prestigious. Corresponding needs are Advancement, Authority, Recognition and Social Status.See more occupations related to this work value.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2014) $54,570 annual
State wages Local Salary Info
 
Employment (2012) 195,000 employees
Projected growth (2012-2022) Slower than average (3% to 7%) Slower than average (3% to 7%)
Projected job openings (2012-2022) 45,200
State trends Employment Trends
 
Top industries (2012)
Educational Services (97% employed in this sector)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data external site and 2012-2022 employment projections external site. "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2012-2022). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.

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Sources of Additional Information

Disclaimer: Sources are listed to provide additional information on related jobs, specialties, and/or industries. Links to non-DOL Internet sites are provided for your convenience and do not constitute an endorsement.

  • Special Education Teachers external site. Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.

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