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What is a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher?

Example of Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher Job Teach elementary 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.

Daily Life Of a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher

  • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments or to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
  • Instruct special needs students in academic subjects, using a variety of techniques, such as phonetics, multisensory learning, or repetition to reinforce learning and meet students' varying needs.
  • Plan or supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, demonstrations, or visits by guest speakers.
  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.

What a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher Should Know

These are the skills Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers say are the most useful in their careers:

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

Instructing: Teaching others how to do something.

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

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.

Service Orientation: Actively looking for ways to help people.

Speaking: Talking to others to convey information effectively.

Other Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher Job Titles

  • Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher
  • Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator)
  • Self Contained Special Education Teacher
  • Mentally Retarded Teacher
  • Special Education Inclusion Teacher

Job Demand for Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers

In 2016, there was an estimated number of 188,900 jobs in the United States for Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher. New jobs are being produced at a rate of 7.4% which is above the national average. The Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts 13,900 new jobs for Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher by 2026. Due to new job openings and attrition, there will be an average of 15,000 job openings in this field each year.

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The states with the most job growth for Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher are Utah, Nevada, 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.

What is the Average Salary of a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher

The typical yearly salary for Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers is somewhere between $38,980 and $95,730.

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Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers who work in California, District of Columbia, or Connecticut, make the highest salaries.

How much do Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers make in different U.S. states?

State Annual Mean Salary
Alabama $49,320
Alaska $72,770
Arizona $44,590
Arkansas $49,740
California $80,370
Colorado $54,500
Connecticut $76,780
Delaware $61,010
District of Columbia $78,830
Florida $60,720
Georgia $55,160
Hawaii $54,000
Idaho $47,990
Illinois $63,740
Indiana $53,570
Iowa $56,300
Kansas $54,340
Kentucky $54,010
Louisiana $50,300
Maine $51,980
Maryland $64,590
Massachusetts $74,470
Michigan $66,820
Minnesota $63,030
Mississippi $46,590
Missouri $54,190
Montana $53,840
Nebraska $57,870
Nevada $53,180
New Hampshire $58,230
New Jersey $70,630
New Mexico $51,050
New York $77,840
North Carolina $47,760
North Dakota $56,660
Ohio $56,180
Oklahoma $42,630
Oregon $76,880
Pennsylvania $66,860
Rhode Island $70,720
South Carolina $56,960
South Dakota $43,760
Tennessee $52,350
Texas $57,770
Utah $46,320
Vermont $63,230
Virginia $66,790
Washington $65,400
West Virginia $42,400
Wisconsin $56,210
Wyoming $60,790

Tools & Technologies Used by Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers

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

  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Office
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Outlook
  • Web browser software
  • Email software
  • Word processing software
  • Screen reader software
  • Children’s educational software
  • Screen magnification software
  • Nuance Dragon NaturallySpeaking
  • Voice activated software
  • Drawing software
  • American Sign Language Browser
  • Individualized Educational Program IEP software

How do I Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher?

Are there Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers education requirements?

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How Long Does it Take to Become a Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teacher?

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Where do Kindergarten or Elementary School Special Education Teachers Work?

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

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