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Become An Early Childhood Special Educator

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Working As An Early Childhood Special Educator

  • $48,040

    Average Salary

What Does An Early Childhood Special Educator Do At Jewish Community Center

* The Gilson JCC Early Learning Center is a NAEYC accredited program for toddlers and preschoolers.
* We are seeking early childhood teachers to join a dynamic team of educators who have a love and passion for children.
* We are a developmentally based, high quality program which provides a rich early learning experience based on Jewish values and traditions.
* We are seeking dedicated, creative, energetic and nurturing individuals with a willingness to work with others in a team approach.
* Candidates should have EEC certification, or be willing to pursue certification immediately.
* In addition, all candidates should have excellent verbal and written communication skills.
* Education and experience preferred.
* Competitive salary and benefits available

What Does An Early Childhood Special Educator Do At Triton College

* Directly responsible to the Department Chairperson or appropriate administrator.
* Guides student learning in the facts, skills, and appreciations pertaining to the assigned courses.
* Considers the general and special needs of the students, assists them in meeting those needs, and when necessary, seeks additional help from other college services.
* Informs students of educational and occupational opportunities.
* Observes schedule as approved by the department chairperson/program coordinator and appropriate administrator.
* Cooperates with the department chairperson/program coordinator, department members, and the appropriate administrators in the development of the curriculum, in the preparation and update of course syllabi, course outlines, and the selection of textbooks.
* Recommends library books and other instructional materials.
* Assists in the organization and meeting of advisory committees where applicable.
* Consults with department chairperson/coordinator on matters pertaining to departmental issues or concerns; observes proper channels of communications.
* When needed, maintains an inventory of assigned equipment and supplies.
* Submits midterm and final grade reports, deficiency notices, attendance records, and any other reports pertaining to the assigned course.
* Participates in the formation of policies and regulations and assists in enforcing the regulations.
* Informs department chairperson/program coordinator in writing of any pending problem that might have a detrimental effect on the college.
* Participates in faculty and professional organizations.
* Attends scheduled monthly departmental/program meetings when there is no conflict with a professional responsibility.
* Distributes to all students each term a course outline which covers the class requirements, grading procedure, attendance requirements and objectives the instructor feels are appropriate

What Does An Early Childhood Special Educator Do At George Mason University

* Responsible for coordination and content management of web-based early childhood/early childhood special education (EC/ECSE) professional development, resources, and information dissemination, as directed by the VDOE, to support EC/ECSE personnel in improving practices that facilitate higher student performance and academic outcomes for students with disabilities.
* Responsible for the coordination and implementation of EC/ECSE Institutes, to include working with VDOE leadership and the ECSE TTAC Coordinators in planning and carrying out these events.
* Responsible for providing literacy support to Preschool through grade 3 teaching teams involved in VDOE initiatives, such as the Multisensory Literacy Institutes, the Co
* Teaching for Excellence Demo Sites, VA Tiered Systems of Support (VTSS), as well as TTAC Region 4 school improvement efforts

What Does An Early Childhood Special Educator Do At Elim Care

* Work hours are variable.
* hours per week plus occasional subbing.
* We are open Monday through Friday 7:30 am
* pm
* Monitor and support the physical, cognitive, social and emotional well-being of the children
* Support each child's individual needs, interests and growth as well as the collaborative and creative process of the group experience
* Help maintain an organized, safe, clean and stimulating environment
* Communicate effectively with families

What Does An Early Childhood Special Educator Do At Jewish Community Center

* The Mandel Jewish Community Center of the Palm Beaches is currently accepting applications for our Early Learning Center in Palm Beach Gardens.
* Based on a forward-thinking and constantly evolving - yet deep-rooted educational philosophy
* Early Childhood Learning Centers at the Mandel JCC focus on welcoming children and their families into a quality educational experience based on Jewish values.
* Children are encouraged to develop and grow as individuals as well as members of the Jewish community

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How To Become An Early Childhood Special Educator

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified. For information about teacher preparation programs and certification requirements, visit Teach.org or contact your state’s board of education.


All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some earn a degree specifically in special education. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.

In a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in special education, prospective teachers learn about the different types of disabilities and how to present information so that students will understand. These programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. To become fully certified, some states require special education teachers to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools may prefer to hire teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, states also require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development classes or a master’s degree program to maintain their license.

Many states offer general licenses in special education that allow teachers to work with students with a variety of disabilities. Others offer licenses or endorsements based on a disability-specific category, such as autism or behavior disorders.

Some states allow special education teachers to transfer their licenses from another state. Other states require even an experienced teacher to pass their state’s licensing requirements.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately, under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. These alternative programs cover teaching methods and child development. Candidates are awarded full certification after they complete the program. Other programs require prospective teachers to take classes in education before they can start to teach. They may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.


Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, they gain experience in preparing lesson plans and teaching students in a classroom setting, under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.


Experienced teachers can advance to become mentor or lead teachers who help less experienced teachers improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, assistant principals, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Special education teachers discuss students’ needs and performances with general education teachers, parents, and administrators. They also explain difficult concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand.

Critical-thinking skills. Special education teachers assess students’ progress and use that information to adapt lessons to help them learn.

Interpersonal skills. Special education teachers regularly work with general education teachers, school counselors, administrators, and parents to develop Individualized Education Programs. As a result, they need to be able to build positive working relationships.

Patience. Working with students with special needs and different abilities can be difficult. Special education teachers should be patient with each student, as some may need the instruction given aloud, at a slower pace, or in writing.  

Resourcefulness. Special education teachers must develop different ways to present information in a manner that meets the needs of their students. They also help general education teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of students with disabilities.

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Real Early Childhood Special Educator Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Early Childhood Special Education Autism/Pdd Teacher Little Smarties, Corp New York, NY Feb 20, 2015 $81,200
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Beltsville, MD Jan 09, 2011 $74,114
Early Childhood Educator Imagine Southeast Public Charter School Washington, DC Oct 31, 2011 $74,030
Asst. Prof. Early Childhood Education Laguardia Community College Islandia, NY Sep 01, 2014 $68,024
Early Childhood Educator Imagine Southeast Public Charter School Washington, DC Oct 31, 2011 $65,443
Early Childhood Educator Perry Street Preparatory Public Charter School Washington, DC Apr 14, 2013 $64,169
Assistant Professor of Early Childhood & Special Education The Curators of The University of Missouri Saint Louis, MO Aug 15, 2015 $60,000
Early Childhood Educator Septima Clark Public Charter School Washington, DC Oct 25, 2012 $59,674
Bilingual Early Childhood Educator Washington Yuying Public Charter School Washington, DC Sep 10, 2013 $59,312
Early Childhood Educator Centronia Washington, DC Feb 25, 2014 $53,600
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Jefferson Elementary School District Daly City, CA Sep 14, 2012 $52,088
Early Childhood Educator Baltimore City Public School System Baltimore, MD Jul 07, 2011 $50,741
Early Childhood Educator Hyde Leadership Public Charter School Washington, DC Oct 01, 2011 $48,800
Early Childhood Educator Preparatory School of D.C. Washington, DC Oct 31, 2011 $48,001
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Jefferson School District Daly City, CA Sep 14, 2009 $47,154
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Jefferson Elementary School District Daly City, CA Sep 14, 2009 $47,154
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher(Ecse) Kids Come First Washington, DC Dec 28, 2012 $46,649
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (Ecse) Kids Come First Washington, DC Dec 29, 2012 $46,640
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Kids Come First Washington, DC Dec 28, 2012 $46,640
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Kids Come First Washington, DC Oct 01, 2012 $46,640
Early Childhood Educator Mary McLeod Bethune Day Academy Public Charter Sch Washington, DC Aug 01, 2011 $45,000
Early Childhood Educator Hope Community Charter School, Inc. Washington, DC Jan 21, 2015 $44,940
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Beltsville, MD Jun 30, 2011 $44,799 -
Early Childhood Educator Petersburg City Public Schools Petersburg, VA Jul 31, 2012 $44,393
Early Childhood Educator Ramah Navajo School Board, Inc. Hillsboro, NM Jul 11, 2012 $44,190
Early Childhood Education Speciaist Happy Dragon of New York, Inc. New York, NY Mar 10, 2011 $43,827 -

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Top Skills for An Early Childhood Special Educator


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Top Early Childhood Special Educator Skills

  1. Childhood Educator
  2. Classroom Environment
  3. Creative Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Supervised and worked with an assistant from 2010-2012.Early Childhood Educator
  • Create a classroom environment that supports students' social development, communications skills, technological and sensory needs.
  • Trained all new employees; on the center's policies, daily classroom routines, and the Creative Curriculum philosophy.
  • Create weekly lesson plans and activities for the classroom as well as individual plans for each child.
  • Supervised the hiring of educators and opening of 6 preschool classrooms in three years.

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