Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
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.Number of Jobs in 2010: 768
Number of Jobs in 2020: 758
Yearly Job Growth Rate: -1.3
Annual Openings: 23
Entry Wage: $17.16
Median Wage: $23.08
Education Requirement: Bachelor's degree
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- Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
- Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
- Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
- Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
- Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
- Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
- Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
- Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
- Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
- Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
- Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
- Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
- Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
- Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
- Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
- Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
- Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
- Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
- Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
- Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
- Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
- Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
- Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
- Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
- Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
- Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
- Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
- Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
- Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
- Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
- Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
- Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
- Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
- Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
- Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
- Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities such as restrooms.
- Provide interpretation and transcription of regular classroom materials through Braille and sign language.
- Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
- Sponsor extracurricular activities such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
Indivduals currently working as Special Education Teachers, Secondary School can easily transition into any of the occupations lisated below.
- Elementary School Teachers, Except Special Education*
- Secondary School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education*
- Special Education Teachers, Middle School*
- Middle School Teachers, Except Special and Career/Technical Education*
- Adult Basic and Secondary Education and Literacy Teachers and Instructors
- Career/Technical Education Teachers, Middle School
- Education Administrators, Preschool and Childcare Center/Program
- Educational, Guidance, School, and Vocational Counselors*
- Instructional Coordinators
- Kindergarten Teachers, Except Special Education*
* The occupation mentioned is in demand in the state of Maine, and is projected to employ new workers each year.
Occupational data obtained from the Maine Department of Labor and O*NET
Last updated on January 29, 2013