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25-2055.00 - Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten

Teach academic, social, and life skills to kindergarten 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: Emotional Disabilities Teacher, Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Program Teacher, Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher

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Tasks

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten students with special needs. 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.
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise kindergarten programs. See more occupations related to this task.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan, schedule, 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.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development. 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.
  • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies. 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 education curriculum for special-needs students. 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.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health. 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.
  • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development. 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.
  • 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 assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers. 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 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.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms. 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.
  • 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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Technology Skills

  • 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 Hot technology 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.
  • Office suite software — Microsoft Office Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Presentation software — Microsoft PowerPoint Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Spreadsheet software — Microsoft Excel Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Voice recognition software — goQ WordQ; Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking; Voice activated software See more occupations related to this technology.
  • Word processing software — Microsoft Word Hot technology See more occupations related to this technology.

Hot technology Hot Technology — a technology requirement frequently included in employer job postings.

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Tools Used

  • 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.

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Detailed Work Activities

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

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Credentials

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Wages & Employment Trends

Median wage data for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.
Employment data for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.
Industry data for Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.

Median wages (2019) $60,460 annual
State wages
Local wages
 
Employment (2019) 193,000 employees
Projected growth (2019-2029) Average (3% to 4%) Average (3% to 4%)
Projected job openings (2019-2029) 13,900
State trends
 
Top industries (2019)

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics 2019 wage data external site and 2019-2029 employment projections external site. "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.

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