Most special education teachers list "classroom management," "student learning," and "special education" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important special education teacher responsibilities here:
Before becoming a special education teacher, 65.5% earned their bachelor's degree. When it comes down to graduating with a master's degree, 27.2% special education teachers went for the extra education. If you're wanting to pursue this career, it may be impossible to be successful with a high school degree. In fact, most special education teachers have a college degree. But about one out of every nine special education teachers didn't attend college at all.
Those special education teachers who do attend college, typically earn either a special education degree or a education degree. Less commonly earned degrees for special education teachers include a elementary education degree or a psychology degree.
When you're ready to become a special education teacher, you might wonder which companies hire special education teachers. According to our research through special education teacher resumes, special education teachers are mostly hired by The Stepping Stones Group, Catapult Learning, and K12. Now is a good time to apply as The Stepping Stones Group has 77 special education teachers job openings, and there are 39 at Catapult Learning and 36 at K12.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, special education teachers tend to earn the biggest salaries at St. John's Community Services, The Stepping Stones Group, and Melmark. Take St. John's Community Services for example. The median special education teacher salary is $84,095. At The Stepping Stones Group, special education teachers earn an average of $83,516, while the average at Melmark is $82,533. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
We also looked into companies who hire special education teachers from the top 100 educational institutions in the U.S. The top three companies that hire the most from these institutions include Potomac High School, Fairfax County Public Schools, and Blacksburg High School.