Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

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What do they do?

Teach secondary 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.

Also known as:

Career and Transition Teacher, Cross Categorical Special Education Teacher, ED Special Education Teacher (Emotional Disability Special Education Teacher), Education Specialist, Exceptional Children's Teacher (EC Teacher), Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher), Handicapped Teacher, High School Learning Support Teacher, High School Special Education Teacher, Inclusion Special Educator, Interrelated Special Education Teacher, Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher (LD Special Education Teacher), Learning Specialist, Learning Support Teacher, Life Skills Teacher, Resource Center Teacher, Resource Specialist, Resource Specialist Teacher, Resource Teacher, Secondary Special Education Teacher, Self-Contained Classroom Special Education Teacher, Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher), Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Instructor, Special Education Itinerant Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher, Transition Teacher

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Projected Growth Rate

Employment of Special Education Teachers, Secondary School is projected to grow 2 percent from 2018 to 2028, more slowly than average compared to all occupations.

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Projected Employment

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Projected Employment Rankings For Virginia:

  • 2.7%

    Percent Change

    Ranks #11 in job growth rate
  • 370

    Annual Projected Job Openings

    Ranks #11 in net job growth

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Education Level

  • Doctorate or Professional Degree (3.4%)
  • Master's degree (46.8%)
  • Bachelor's degree (35.2%)
  • Associate's degree (3.8%)
  • Some college, no degree (6.9%)
  • High school diploma equivalent (3.7%)
  • Less than high school diploma (0.3%)

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Skills

People in this career often have these skills:

  • Learning Strategies - Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
  • Reading Comprehension - Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
  • Active Listening - Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
  • Writing - Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Speaking - Talking to others to convey information effectively.
  • Social Perceptiveness - Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
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Knowledge

People in this career often know a lot about:

  • English Language - Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
  • Education and Training - Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.
  • Computers and Electronics - Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.
  • Mathematics - Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Customer and Personal Service - Knowledge of principles and processes for providing customer and personal services. This includes customer needs assessment, meeting quality standards for services, and evaluation of customer satisfaction.
  • Psychology - Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.
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Abilities

People in this career often have talent in:

  • Speech Clarity - The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
  • Oral Comprehension - The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Written Comprehension - The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.
  • Oral Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.
  • Written Expression - The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
  • Problem Sensitivity - The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
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Activities: what you might do in a day

People in this career often do these activities:

  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
  • Monitor student performance.
  • Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Teach life skills.
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This page includes data from:

O*NET OnLine Career data: O*NET 24.3 Database by the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration (“USDOL/ETA”). Used under the CC BY 4.0 license. O*NET® is a trademark of USDOL/ETA

Occupation statistics: USDOL U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Employment Statistics

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