High School Special Education Teachers


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+4.2% (slower than the average)


What High School Special Education Teachers Do

Teach academic, social, and life skills to secondary 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.

Other Job Titles High School Special Education Teachers May Have

High School Special Education 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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