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Occupation Profile for Special Education Teachers, Middle School

Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

 
 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$47,650.00 Median Annual Wage 4,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
1.7 Average Unemployment Percentage 4.5 Percentage That Completed High School
102,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 8.3 Percentage That Had Some College
118,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 87.2 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
BD Special Education Teacher (Behavioral Disorders Special Education Teacher)
Behaviorally-Emotionally Disabled Teacher (BED Teacher)
Early Intervention Specialist
EBD Special Education Teacher (Emotional-Behavioral Disabilities Special Education Teacher)
ED Special Education Teacher (Emotional Disabilities Special Education Teacher)
Educational Resource Center Teacher (ERC Teacher)
EMD Teacher (Educable Mentally Disabled Teacher)
Exceptional Children Teacher (EC Teacher)
Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
Functional Mental Disability Teacher (FMD Teacher)
Hearing Impaired Teacher (HI Teacher)
Inclusion Teacher
Individual Education Program Team Leader (IEP Team Leader)
Individual Small Group Instructor
Interrelated Special Education Teacher
Intervention Specialist
Learning and Behavior Disorders Special Education Teacher (LBD Special Education Teacher)
Learning Center Instructor
Learning Disabilities Resource Teacher (LD Resource Teacher)
Learning Disabilities Specialist
Learning Disabilities Teacher (LD Teacher)
Learning Support Resource Room Teacher
Learning Support Teacher
Least Restricted Environment Facilitator (LRE Facilitator)
Life Skills Teacher
MID Teacher (Mildly Intellectually Disabled Teacher)
Middle School Resource Teacher
Middle School Special Education Teacher
MMD Unit Teacher (Mild Mental Disability Unit Teacher)
MMI Teacher (Mildly Mentally Impaired Teacher)
MOID Middle School Teacher (Moderately Intellectually Disabled Middle School Teacher)
MOMD Teacher (Moderate Mental Disability Teacher)
MR Teacher (Mentally Retarded Teacher)
NSH Teacher (Non-Severely Handicapped Teacher)
Reading Specialist
Remedial Reading Teacher
Resource Room Teacher
Resource Specialist Teacher
SED Special Education Teacher (Severe Emotional Disorders Special Education Teacher)
Self-Contained Special Education Teacher
SLD Teacher (Specific Learning Disability Teacher)
SLP Teacher (Speech and Language Pathologist Teacher)
Special Day Class Teacher (SPD Teacher)
Special Education Administrator
Special Education Collaborative Program Teacher
Special Education Resource Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Special Educator
Special Needs Teacher
Teacher
Teacher of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Teacher of the Emotionally Disturbed
Teacher of the Handicapped
Teacher, Blind
Teacher, Braille
Teacher, Deaf
Teacher, Emotionally Impaired
Teacher, Handicapped
Teacher, Hearing Impaired
Teacher, Learning Disabled
Teacher, Lip Reading
Teacher, Mentally Impaired
Teacher, Mentally Retarded
Teacher, Physically Impaired
Teacher, Remedial Reading, Math, or Other Subject
Teacher, Resource
Teacher, Visually Impaired
Teacher, Vocational Training
TMD Teacher (Trainable Mentally Disabled Teacher)
TMR Teacher (Trainable Mentally Retarded Teacher)
VE Teacher (Varying Exceptionalities Teacher)
Vocational Trainer

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Core — Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.
  • Core — Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Core — Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Core — Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Core — Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.
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