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What Do Middle School Special Education Teacher Do?

Position 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: What Do They Do?

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.
  • Develop or write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.

Qualities of a Middle School Special Education Teacher

Below is a list of the skills most Middle School Special Education Teachers say are important on the job.

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.

  • Braille Teacher
  • Mentally Impaired Teacher
  • Emotionally Impaired Teacher
  • Physically Impaired Teacher
  • Special Day Class Teacher (SPD Teacher)

Job Outlook for Middle School Special Education Teachers

There were about 89,300 jobs for Middle School Special Education Teacher in 2016 (in the United States). 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.

Middle School Special Education Teacher Average Salary

The salary for Middle School Special Education Teachers ranges between about $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.

Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Middle School Special Education Teachers 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?

Below is a list of the types of tools and technologies that Middle School Special Education Teachers may use on a daily basis:

  • 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

Are there Middle School Special Education Teachers education requirements?

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How many years of work experience do I need?

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Where Middle School Special Education Teachers Work

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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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