What Can You Do With A Major In Special Education? 

Special Education teachers help students learn and apply concepts in a variety of subjects, except they work with individuals with disabilities, so they must plan according to the needs of each individual.  Teachers work in public, private, or parochial institutions. They must also be open to a diversity of people for they work with students differentiating in age, sex, and race, along with different ethical and religious backgrounds.  Along with educating the students, the teacher is also responsible for planning, evaluating, and assigning lessons; preparing, administering, and grading tests; listening to oral presentations; and maintaining classroom discipline.  They also must prepare the student in the behavioral aspect, building comfort in different situation for life after graduation.


Some Related Career Titles  


  • Autistic Teacher
  • Learning Disabilities Teacher
  • Special Education Administrator
  • Resource Room Special Education Teacher
  • Special needs teacher
  • Behavioral Specialist
  • Speech and Audio Therapist
  • Vocational Training Paraprofessional Counselor: Resident, School, Youth

To research these titles and more go to: (Occupational Outlook Handbook)


Typical Employers/Work Settings  

  • Hospitals
  • Day care centers
  • Residential facilities
  • Public Schools
  • Private institutions
  • Elementary schools
  • Social Assistance Agencies


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Skills Needed For This Career

  • Oral Communication Skills
  • Ability to organize and coordinate
  • Creativity
  • Ability to motivate others
  • Listening skills
  • Special Education Skills
  • Persuasive skills
  • Written Communication Skills
  • Interpersonal Skills
  • Mathematical Abilities
  • Curriculum Development 
  • Language Skills
  • Counseling Skills
  • Group Dynamics 



Beginning Salary Range: 

$34,000 with a bachelor's degree; $38,000 with a master's degree- Based on information from the National Association of Colleges and Employers- Spring 2008

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Links To Professional Associations  

Professional Associations are important to explore because many offer student memberships and can give you access to other professionals and their experiences, research, convention or workshop opportunities, professional development and most importantly job databases 

Parent Pals.Com  

Internet Special Education Resources  

Special Education Network  

Special Education Resources  

Adapted Physical Education Teacher- American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

Audiologist-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

Occupational Therapist-American Occupational Therapy Association

Physical Therapist-American Physical Therapy Association

Recreational Therapist-American therapeutic Recreation Association

Rehabilitation Counselor-American Rehabilitation Counseling Association

School Counselor-American School Counseling Association

School Social Worker-National Association of Social Workers

Speech-Language Pathologist-American Speech-Language-Hearing Association

OSERS Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services 



Job Search Information   

Teacher's Employment Network  



National Educators Employment Review  


Special Education GuideOur goal with the site is to present information on the challenges current and aspiring teachers of children with special needs face (such as establishing a parent-teacher partnership and collaborating on an IEP). We provide a state-by-state guide to teacher certification requirements, and we recently added a section on how to earn a Master's degree in special education that your visitors might find helpful - http://www.specialeducationguide.com/masters-degrees/.



Local programs  

University of Central Florida 

University of South Florida  

Florida International University 

Florida Gulf Coast University 


Link To UNF Academic program  


The Exceptional Student and Deaf Education Department at the University of North Florida offers tracks in:


Master of Education in Special Education (M. Ed.)

Concentration: Exceptional Student Education  

Concentration: Deaf Education   

Concentration: Disability Services   

Concentration: American Sign Language/English Interpreting   

Concentration: Applied Behavior Analysis  

Concentration: Autism


Bachelor of Arts In Education (B.A.E.)

Concentration: Exceptional Student Education

Concentration: Deaf Studies 


Bachelor of Science (B.S.E.)

ASL/English Interpreting 


College of Education and Human Services Job Search Internet Links  


Teaching/School Administration- Public Schools 

Teaching/School Administration-Independent and Private Schools 

Physical Education/Sports  

Human Services/Non-Profit/Counseling 

Special Education and Related Services 

College and University Job Search Internet Resources  

Educational Consulting/Human Resources/Research & Evaluation  

State and Federal Government Job Search  

Career Action Plan

  • Conduct an informational interview and/or shadow a professional in the field
  • Join a professional association for this career field
  • Develop leadership skills by participating in on-campus activities (RA, Peer Advisor, Student Government, Presidential Envoys, Fraternities, Sororities, Student Clubs)
  • Look to do an internship in your junior and/or senior year to gain experience in this field
  • Obtain teaching experience working with target age group by doing volunteer or part-time work
  • Consider taking a public speaking course to develop your presentation skills
  • Attend job fairs and networking events to meet with employer representatives and to explore options