What is a Special Education Professor?
Position 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.
Daily Life Of a Special Education Professor
- Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
- Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students’ special needs.
- Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students’ behavioral and academic problems.
- Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
- Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
- Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
What a Special Education Professor Should Know
Below is a list of the skills most Special Education Professors say are important on the job.
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.
Other Special Education Professor Job Titles
- Special Day Class Teacher (SDC Teacher)
- Career and Transition Teacher
- Special Education Resource Teacher
- High School Learning Support Teacher
- Transition Teacher
Job Opportunities for Special Education Professors
In 2016, there was an estimated number of 131,900 jobs in the United States for Special Education Professor. 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. There will be an estimated 10,500 positions for Special Education Professor per year.
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.
How Much Does a Special Education Professor Make?
The typical yearly salary for Special Education Professors is somewhere between $40,560 and $98,290.
Special Education Professors who work in California, Oregon, or New York, make the highest salaries.
Below is a list of the median annual salaries for Special Education Professors in different U.S. states.
|State||Annual Mean Salary|
|District of Columbia||$73,240|
What Tools do Special Education Professors Use?
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
- 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 do I Become a Special Education Professor?
Individuals working as a Special Education Professor have obtained the following education levels:
How many years of work experience do I need?
Where Special Education Professors Work
Below are examples of industries where Special Education Professors work:
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