We calculated that 11% of Special Education Teachers are proficient in Classroom Management, Autism, and Behavior Management. They’re also known for soft skills such as Communication skills, Patience, and Resourcefulness.
We break down the percentage of Special Education Teachers that have these skills listed on their resume here:
- Classroom Management, 11%
Completed a variety of professional development workshops centered on learning goals, classroom management, student motivation and engaging learning activities.
- Autism, 10%
Provided Special Education Resource services for students with mental impairments, specific learning disabilities, behavioral and emotional disorders and autism.
- Behavior Management, 6%
Structured and implemented positive behavior management/modification based programs.
- IEPs, 6%
Portrayed an in-depth knowledge of students' IEPS and Behavior Support Plans in daily instruction and interactions.
- Professional Development, 6%
Fulfilled professional responsibilities through education and professional development opportunities.
- Student Learning, 6%
Designed and implemented individualized and group instruction within the general education classroom to support inclusion for maximizing all student learning.
Most special education teachers list "classroom management," "autism," and "behavior management" as skills on their resumes. We go into more details on the most important special education teacher responsibilities here: Arguably the most important personality trait for a special education teacher to have happens to be communication skills. An example from a resume said this about the skill, "special education teachers need to explain concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand" Additionally, other resumes have pointed out that special education teachers can use communication skills to "facilitate home-school communication via as conferencing, telephoning, e-mail, and using web-based teacher classrooms to communicate student learning. " While it may not be the most important skill, we found that many special education teacher duties rely on patience. This example from a special education teacher explains why: "special education teachers must be able to stay calm instructing students with disabilities, who may lack basic skills, present behavioral or other challenges, or require repeated efforts to understand material." This resume example is just one of many ways special education teachers are able to utilize patience: "demonstrate patience and understanding while providing individualized instruction in a safe, inclusive classroom learning environment for students with significant disabilities. " Resourcefulness is also an important skill for special education teachers to have. This example of how special education teachers use this skill comes from a special education teacher resume, "special education teachers must develop different ways to present information that meet their students’ needs" Read this excerpt from a resume to understand how vital it is to their everyday roles and responsibilities, "showed resourcefulness and teaching effectiveness in meeting the needs of students with limited english language proficiency as well as learning disabilities. "
See the full list of special education teacher skills.
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 New Story, AlphaVista Services, and Chester Community Charter School. Now is a good time to apply as New Story has 322 special education teachers job openings, and there are 165 at AlphaVista Services and 83 at Chester Community Charter School.
But if you're interested in companies where you might earn a high salary, special education teachers tend to earn the biggest salaries at Baltimore City Public Schools, Boston Public Schools, and Maxim Healthcare Group. Take Baltimore City Public Schools for example. The median special education teacher salary is $79,153. At Boston Public Schools, special education teachers earn an average of $71,829, while the average at Maxim Healthcare Group is $71,668. You should take into consideration how difficult it might be to secure a job with one of these companies.
View more details on special education teacher salaries across the United States.
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 City of New York, Baltimore City Public Schools, and Montgomery County Community College.