High School Special Education Teachers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+3.2% (slower than the average)

Most Common Level of Education

Bachelor's degree


What High School Special Education Teachers 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.

Other Job Titles High School Special Education Teachers May Have

Career and Transition Teacher, High School Special Education Teacher, Interrelated Special Education Teacher, Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher (LD Special Education Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Teacher, Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher), Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher, Teacher

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Special Education Teacher ,

High Tech Early College

I adapt general education lessons and teach various subjects, such as reading, writing, and math, to students with mild and moderate disabilities. I also teach basic skills, such as literacy and communication techniques, to students with severe disabilities. I do a lot of assessing students’ skills to determine what their needs might be and how to give them the best education.

Transition Specialist ,


I work with individual special education students age 13 and up planning their post secondary goals. I also work with the student's case managers and help them write the student's transition plan.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

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