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What Does it Take to Be a Special Education Professor?

Career Description Teach secondary 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.

Special Education Professor Responsibilities

  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

Qualities of a Special Education Professor

Special Education Professors state the following job skills are important in their day-to-day work.

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

Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.

Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

  • Hearing Impaired Teacher
  • SED High School Teacher (Serious Emotional Disability High School Teacher)
  • Resource Teacher
  • Education Specialist
  • Self-Contained Classroom Special Education Teacher

Are There Job Opportunities for Special Education Professors?

In the United States, there were 131,900 jobs for Special Education Professor in 2016. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 9,700 new jobs for Special Education Professor by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 10,500 job openings in this field each year.

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

Do Special Education Professors Make A Lot Of Money?

The typical yearly salary for Special Education Professors is somewhere between $40,560 and $98,290.

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Special Education Professors who work in California, Oregon, or New York, make the highest salaries.

How much do Special Education Professors make in each U.S. state?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $46,810
Alaska $77,210
Arizona $50,190
Arkansas $51,430
California $82,380
Colorado $55,780
Connecticut $77,520
Delaware $64,680
District of Columbia $73,240
Florida $55,080
Georgia $58,260
Hawaii $56,680
Idaho $51,180
Illinois $69,840
Indiana $53,450
Iowa $57,730
Kansas $54,050
Kentucky $54,940
Louisiana $51,940
Maine $51,910
Maryland $71,340
Massachusetts $76,080
Michigan $63,700
Minnesota $62,670
Mississippi $49,460
Missouri $48,840
Montana $50,200
Nebraska $59,490
Nevada $59,480
New Hampshire $61,480
New Jersey $75,970
New Mexico $55,270
New York $86,330
North Carolina $48,820
North Dakota $58,220
Ohio $60,340
Oklahoma $45,530
Oregon $84,350
Pennsylvania $63,260
Rhode Island $74,600
South Carolina $55,560
South Dakota $43,040
Tennessee $54,010
Texas $58,570
Utah $46,820
Vermont $61,990
Virginia $61,890
Washington $66,400
West Virginia $43,820
Wisconsin $53,310
Wyoming $60,160

Tools & Technologies Used by Special Education Professors

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Microsoft Access
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Acrobat
  • Microsoft SharePoint
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Photoshop
  • Facebook
  • Adobe Systems Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe Systems Adobe InDesign
  • Video editing software
  • Screen reader software
  • Text to speech software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Voice activated software

How to Become a Special Education Professor

Learn what Special Education Professor education requirements there are.

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Who Employs Special Education Professors?

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