Details Report for:
25-2057.00 - Special Education Teachers, Middle School
Teach academic, social, and life skills to middle 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.
Sample of reported job titles: Exceptional Children Teacher (EC Teacher), Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher), Inclusion Teacher, Intervention Specialist, Learning Support Teacher, Middle School Special Education Teacher, Self-Contained Special Education Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher
Tasks | Technology Skills | Tools Used | Knowledge | Skills | Abilities | Work Activities | Detailed Work Activities | Work Context | Job Zone | Education | Credentials | Interests | Work Styles | Work Values | Related Occupations | Wages & Employment | Job Openings | Additional Information
- Computer based training software — Common Curriculum; EasyCBM; Padlet; Schoology (see all 5 examples)
- Data base user interface and query software — Blackboard software
- Device drivers or system software — Screen magnification software; Screen reader software
- Electronic mail software — Email software
- Internet browser software — Web browser software
- Multi-media educational software — Seesaw
- Office suite software — Microsoft Office
- Operating system software — Apple macOS
- Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint ; Pear Deck
- Project management software — Google Classroom; Microsoft SharePoint
- Spell checkers — Hand held spell checkers
- Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel
- Video creation and editing software — Flipgrid; Video editing software
- Voice recognition software — Voice activated software
- Word processing software — Microsoft Word
Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.
- Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged — Jellybean switches; Sound switches
- Assistive listening devices — Assistive amplification systems
- Binocular light compound microscopes — Optical compound microscopes
- Braille devices for the physically challenged — Braille slates; Braille styluses
- Cassette players or recorders — Audio tape recorders or players
- Childrens science kits — Science activity kits
- Compasses — Pencil compasses
- Computer mouse or trackballs — Eye controlled computer mouse equipment; Foot operated mouse equipment; Trackballs
- Desktop calculator — Talking calculators
- Desktop computers
- Digital camcorders or video cameras — Digital video cameras
- 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
- Gas burners — Bunsen burners
- Goggles — Safety goggles
- Hand held camcorders or video cameras — Video camcorders
- Keyboards — Alternative computer keyboards
- Laboratory beakers — Glass beakers
- Laboratory hotplates — Laboratory heating plates
- Laboratory scalpels — Dissection scalpels
- Laminators — Laminating equipment
- Laser printers — Computer laser printers
- Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged — Communication boards
- Medical gas cylinders or related devices — Portable oxygen equipment
- Medical suction cannulas or tubes or accessories — Oral suction tubes
- Notebook computers — Laptop computers
- Page turners for the physically challenged — Page turners
- Personal computers
- Photocopiers — Photocopying equipment
- Protective gloves — Safety gloves
- Scanners — Reading pens
- Tablet computers
- Telecommunication devices TDD or teletypewriters TTY for the physically challenged — Teletypewriters TTY
- Televisions — Television monitors
- Touch screen monitors — Interactive whiteboards; Wireless touch screen monitors
- Video cassette players or recorders — Video cassette recorders VCR
- Visual presenters — Video magnifiers
- Voice synthesizers for the physically challenged — Portable communication devices
- Writing aids for the physically challenged — Word prediction software
- Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
- Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
- Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
- Design psychological or educational treatment procedures or programs.
- Develop educational programs.
- Maintain student records.
- Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
- Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
- Teach life skills.
- Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
- Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
- Evaluate student work.
- Monitor student performance.
- Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
- Assist students with special educational needs.
- Plan educational activities.
- Direct activities of subordinates.
- Set up classroom materials or equipment.
- Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
- Prepare tests.
- Apply multiple teaching methods.
- Create technology-based learning materials.
- Develop instructional objectives.
- Advise students on academic or career matters.
- Document lesson plans.
- Evaluate performance of educational staff.
- Supervise student research or internship work.
- Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
- Teach others to use technology or equipment.
- Teach vocational courses.
- Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
- Plan experiential learning activities.
- Display student work.
- Supervise school or student activities.
- Distribute instructional or library materials.
- Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
- Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
- Tutor students who need extra assistance.
|Title||Job Zone Four: Considerable Preparation Needed|
|Education||Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.|
|Related Experience||A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for these occupations. For example, an accountant must complete four years of college and work for several years in accounting to be considered qualified.|
|Job Training||Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.|
|Job Zone Examples||Many of these occupations involve coordinating, supervising, managing, or training others. Examples include real estate brokers, sales managers, database administrators, graphic designers, chemists, art directors, and cost estimators.|
|SVP Range||(7.0 to < 8.0)|
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.
|11-9031.00||Education and Childcare Administrators, Preschool and Daycare|
|13-1151.00||Training and Development Specialists|
|21-1012.00||Educational, Guidance, and Career Counselors and Advisors|
|25-2011.00||Preschool Teachers, Except Special Education|
|25-2012.00||Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education|
|25-2021.00||Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education Bright Outlook|
|25-2022.00||Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education|
|25-2031.00||Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education|
|25-2058.00||Special Education Teachers, Secondary School|
|25-3011.00||Adult Basic Education, Adult Secondary Education, and English as a Second Language Instructors|
Wages & Employment Trends
|Median wages (2020)||$61,820 annual|
|Employment (2019)||84,700 employees|
|Projected growth (2019-2029)||Average (3% to 4%)|
|Projected job openings (2019-2029)||6,100|
|Top industries (2019)||
Educational Services (99% employed in this sector)
Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2020 wage data and 2019-2029 employment projections . "Projected growth" represents the estimated change in total employment over the projections period (2019-2029). "Projected job openings" represent openings due to growth and replacement.
Job Openings on the Web
Sources of Additional Information
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- Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Organization for Women Educators
- American Speech-Language-Hearing Association
- Council for Exceptional Children
- Council for Learning Disabilities
- Council of Administrators of Special Education
- International Dyslexia Association
- International Literacy Association
- Kappa Delta Pi, International Honor Society in Education
- National Association of State Directors of Special Education
- National Education Association
- Occupational Outlook Handbook: Special education teachers
- The Delta Kappa Gamma Society International