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Special Education And Teaching Requirements

Special education teachers are found in either elementary or secondary schools, working directly with students who are affected by physical or mental disabilities. The minimum requirement to become a special education teacher is a bachelor’s degree. Some states require special education teachers to obtain a master’s degree.

Generally, a bachelor’s degree in special education can take between four to five years, with time frames fluctuating based on the age groups aspiring teachers want to work with (K-8 or high school) and the types of disability they wish to specialize in (mild, moderate, or severe). Unlike secondary school teachers, most special education teachers are expected to instruct on a wide variety of subjects, along with teaching age-appropriate life skills.

Special Education And Teaching Careers

The career trajectory of people with a Special Education And Teaching degree appears to be focused around a few careers. The most common career that users with Special Education And Teaching degrees have experience in is Preschool Teacher, followed by Bus Driver, Nanny, Elementary School Teacher, Speech Language Pathologist, Choir Director, Education Administrator, Teacher, Childcare Worker, and Principal.

Career % of graduates % of population Multiple
Preschool Teacher 2.8% 0.4% 7.9×
Bus Driver 1.2% 0.0% 24.1×
Nanny 1.9% 0.6% 3.3×
Elementary School Teacher 2.1% 0.3% 8.3×
Speech Language Pathologist 0.9% 0.1% 8.1×
Choir Director 0.7% 0.0% 70.8×
Education Administrator 1.7% 0.2% 10.6×
Teacher 8.1% 3.0% 2.7×
Childcare Worker 2.7% 1.0% 2.6×
Principal 0.6% 0.1% 9.0×

Special Education And Teaching Salary

Special Education And Teaching graduates earn on average $k, putting them in the bottom percentile of earners with a degree.

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Special Education And Teaching Underemployment

Special Education And Teaching graduates are highly employed compared to other graduates. We have collected data on three types of underemployment. Part-time refers to work that is less than 30 hours per week. Non-college refers to work that does not require a college degree. Low-paying includes a list of low-wage service jobs such as janitorial work, serving, or dishwashing.

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