Special Education Teachers, Elementary School


Salary Median (2020)


Projected Job Growth (2019-2029)

+2.9% (slower than the average)


What Special Education Teachers, Elementary School Do

Teach academic, social, and life skills to elementary 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 Special Education Teachers, Elementary School May Have

Emotional Disabilities Teacher, Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher), Learning Support Teacher, Resource Program Teacher, Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher), Special Education Inclusion Teacher, Special Education Resource Teacher, Special Education Teacher

How Leaders Describe a Typical Day at Work

Special Education Teacher ,

Stipe Elementary School

I set out my lessons and notes before school starts, coordinating with students as they come and go. I teach all subjects and work exclusively with students with mental health and behavioral concerns. We work a lot on self regulation. I meet with colleagues throughout the day to align our teaching. After class I have meetings. I help design curriculum to be more inclusive of differently abled learners. I'll update parents on new developments then coordinate the next day and reset to do it again.

Special Education Team Chair

On most days I will speak with many different teachers either during impromptu discussions or formal meetings to discuss best methods to teach particular students, based on the students' needs. I may have one to three meetings with teams of teachers, school psychologists, parents and others to review student evaluations designed to show their learning strengths and weaknesses. We then decide whether a student needs extra help and what that extra instruction will be.

Tasks & Responsibilities May Include

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to elementary students with special needs.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise elementary school programs.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • 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.

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