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

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

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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
Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille label makers; Braille note-taking systems; Braille rulers; Braille writers
Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated computer mouse equipment; Trackballs
Desktop calculator — Large display calculators; Talking calculators
Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks
Handicraft tools or materials or equipment for the physically challenged — Adaptive paint brushes; Adaptive scissors
Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables
Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Computer voice input devices; Reading pens
Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
Wheelchairs — Powered wheelchairs

Technology used in this occupation:

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

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

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
 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.

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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wages (2013) $53,910 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 2013 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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Job Openings on the Web

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Sources of Additional Information

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

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