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What You Need to Know About Middle School Special Education Teacher

Job Description: 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.

Life As a Middle School Special Education Teacher

  • Organize and label materials and display students' work.
  • Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.

What Skills Do You Need to Work as a Middle School Special Education Teacher?

These are the skills Middle School Special Education Teachers say are the most useful in their careers:

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

Active Learning: Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.

Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

Time Management: Managing one’s own time and the time of others.

  • Deaf Teacher
  • Learning Disabled Teacher
  • Remedial Reading, Math, or Other Subject Teacher
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
  • Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher

Job Opportunities for Middle School Special Education Teachers

In the United States, there were 89,300 jobs for Middle School Special Education Teacher in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.2% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 6,400 new jobs for Middle School Special Education Teacher by 2026. The BLS estimates 7,100 yearly job openings in this field.

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The states with the most job growth for Middle School Special Education Teacher are Utah, Texas, and Colorado. Watch out if you plan on working in Vermont, Connecticut, or Maine. These states have the worst job growth for this type of profession.

Salary for a Middle School Special Education Teacher

Middle School Special Education Teachers make between $40,690 and $97,290 a year.

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Middle School Special Education Teachers who work in Oregon, Connecticut, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Middle School Special Education Teachers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $54,090
Alaska $75,530
Arizona $44,490
Arkansas $50,790
California $76,860
Colorado $54,920
Connecticut $78,470
Delaware $67,430
Florida $55,050
Georgia $59,410
Idaho $61,560
Illinois $63,330
Indiana $50,880
Iowa $58,890
Kansas $54,610
Kentucky $54,020
Louisiana $50,940
Maine $57,040
Maryland $72,880
Massachusetts $74,500
Michigan $61,540
Minnesota $66,240
Mississippi $48,800
Missouri $51,340
Montana $46,300
Nebraska $58,360
Nevada $53,640
New Hampshire $54,550
New Jersey $71,850
New Mexico $46,760
New York $83,050
North Carolina $49,180
North Dakota $67,050
Ohio $59,940
Oklahoma $42,600
Oregon $80,680
Pennsylvania $69,040
Rhode Island $70,990
South Carolina $53,320
South Dakota $44,500
Tennessee $52,410
Texas $56,960
Utah $50,620
Vermont $63,610
Virginia $72,960
Washington $64,220
West Virginia $42,760
Wisconsin $55,350
Wyoming $60,380

What Tools & Technology do Middle School Special Education Teachers Use?

Although they’re not necessarily needed for all jobs, the following technologies are used by many Middle School Special Education Teachers:

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Blackboard
  • Apple macOS
  • Video editing software
  • Text to speech software
  • Screen reader software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Voice activated software
  • Hand held spell checkers

Becoming a Middle School Special Education Teacher

What kind of Middle School Special Education Teacher requirements are there?

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What work experience do I need to become a Middle School Special Education Teacher?

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Where Middle School Special Education Teachers Are Employed

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The table below shows the approximate number of Middle School Special Education Teachers employed by various industries.

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