Summary Report for:
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 (HI Itinerant Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Program Teacher, Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher), Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher
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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.
Tools & Technology
Tools used in this occupation:
- Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches
- Assistive listening devices — FM amplification systems
- Balance or gross motor equipment — Play structures
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes
- Board games — Educational board games
- Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille label makers; Braille note-taking systems; Braille rulers; Braille writers
- Building blocks — Toy block sets
- Canes or cane accessories — Laser canes
- Childrens science kits — Science activity kits
- Compact disk players or recorders — Compact disk CD players
- Compasses — Pencil compasses
- Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated computer mouse equipment; Trackballs
- Desktop calculator — Large display calculators; Talking calculators
- Desktop computers
- Digital cameras — Compact digital cameras
- Digital voice recorders — Digital audio recorders
- Document camera — Document cameras
- Emergency medical services first aid kits — Emergency first aid kits
- Enteral feeding administration sets — Enteral feeding equipment
- Game pads or joy sticks — Head operated joysticks; Mouth operated joysticks
- Handheld thermometer — Talking thermometers
- Handicraft tools or materials or equipment for the physically challenged — Adaptive paint brushes; Adaptive scissors
- Hearing aids for the physically challenged — Hearing aid devices
- Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
- Laminators — Laminating equipment
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Portable communication boards
- Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Overhead projectors — Overhead data projectors
- Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
- Patient scooters — Motorized scooters
- Personal computers
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Pointers — Optical pointing devices
- Puzzles — Educational puzzles
- Sand or water tables or activity centers — Sand tables; Water tables
- Scanners — Computer data input scanners; Computer voice input devices; Reading pens
- Standers or standing aids — Standing aids
- Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Telecommunication devices TDD
- Therapeutic pegboards or activity boards — Pegboards
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
- Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Voice output devices
- Walkers or rollators — Walkers
- 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.
Detailed Work Activities
- Assist students with special educational needs.
- Develop instructional materials.
- Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
- Evaluate student work.
- Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Monitor student performance.
- Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
- Maintain student records.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Assess educational needs of students.
- Encourage students.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Teach life skills.
- Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
- Prepare tests.
- Set up classroom materials or equipment.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Plan educational activities.
- Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
- Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
- Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
- Create technology-based learning materials.
- Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Supervise school or student activities.
- Plan experiential learning activities.
- Distribute instructional or library materials.
- Direct activities of subordinates.
- Display student work.
Interest code: SA
- Social — Social occupations frequently involve working with, communicating with, and teaching people. These occupations often involve helping or providing service to others.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Independence — Occupations that satisfy this work value allow employees to work on their own and make decisions. Corresponding needs are Creativity, Responsibility and Autonomy.
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2014)||$54,570 annual|
|Employment (2012)||195,000 employees|
|Projected growth (2012-2022)||Slower than average (3% to 7%)|
|Projected job openings (2012-2022)||45,200|
|Top industries (2012)|
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2014 wage data and 2012-2022 employment projections . "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
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- Special Education Teachers . Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition.