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Occupation Profile for Special Education, Preschool, Kindergarten, Elementary School Teachers

Teach elementary and preschool 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.

 
 
 

 
 
Overview
$46,360.00 Median Annual Wage 9,000 Average Job Openings Per Year
1.7 Average Unemployment Percentage 4.5 Percentage That Completed High School
219,000 Employment Numbers in 2006 8.3 Percentage That Had Some College
262,000 Employment Numbers in 2016 (est.) 87.2 Percentage That Went Beyond College Degree

Sample Job Titles
Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Assistant Teacher
Autistic Teacher
Cross-Categorical Special Education Teacher
Developmental Therapist
Developmentally Delayed Special Education Teacher (DD Special Education Teacher)
Early Childhood Special Education Certified Teacher
Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (EC Special Education Teacher)
Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator)
Early Intervention Specialist
Early Interventionist
ED Teacher (Emotional Disabilities Teacher)
Elementary School Teacher
Elementary Special Education Teacher
Emotional Support Teacher
Evaluator
Exceptional Needs Teacher
Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
Grade School Teacher
Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher)
Intervention Specialist
Learning and Behavioral Disabilities Teacher (LBD Teacher)
Learning Disabilities Teacher (LD Teacher)
Learning Specialist
Learning Support Teacher
Life Skills Teacher
Mildly Disabled Student Special Education Teacher
Non-Categorical Preschool Teacher
Paraprofessional
Preschool Special Education Teacher
Primary Special Educator
Reading Specialist
Resource Program Teacher
Resource Room Special Education Teacher
Resource Teacher
SEBD Teacher (Severe Emotional Behavioral Disorders Teacher)
Second Grade Teacher
SED Elementary Teacher (Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher)
Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher
Special Day Class Teacher
Special Education Administrator
Special Education Resource Teacher
Special Education Teacher
Special Education Teacher of Multi-Handicapped Students
Special Needs Teacher
Speech-Language Pathologist
Teacher
Teacher of the Handicapped
Teacher of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped
Teacher, Blind
Teacher, Braille
Teacher, Deaf
Teacher, Emotionally Impaired
Teacher, Handicapped
Teacher, Hearing Impaired
Teacher, Home Therapy
Teacher, Learning Disabled
Teacher, Lip Reading
Teacher, Mentally Impaired
Teacher, Mentally Retarded
Teacher, Physically Impaired
Teacher, Remedial Reading, Math, or Other Subject
Teacher, Resource
Teacher, Visually Impaired
VE Teacher (Varying Exceptionalities Teacher)

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Knowledge
  • Mathematics — Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.
  • Engineering and Technology — Knowledge of the practical application of engineering science and technology. This includes applying principles, techniques, procedures, and equipment to the design and production of various goods and services.
  • Sales and Marketing — Knowledge of principles and methods for showing, promoting, and selling products or services. This includes marketing strategy and tactics, product demonstration, sales techniques, and sales control systems.
  • Medicine and Dentistry — Knowledge of the information and techniques needed to diagnose and treat human injuries, diseases, and deformities. This includes symptoms, treatment alternatives, drug properties and interactions, and preventive health-care measures.
  • Physics — Knowledge and prediction of physical principles, laws, their interrelationships, and applications to understanding fluid, material, and atmospheric dynamics, and mechanical, electrical, atomic and sub- atomic structures and processes.
Skills
  • Equipment Maintenance — Performing routine maintenance on equipment and determining when and what kind of maintenance is needed.
  • Coordination — Adjusting actions in relation to others' actions.
  • Active Learning — Understanding the implications of new information for both current and future problem-solving and decision-making.
  • Writing — Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
  • Troubleshooting — Determining causes of operating errors and deciding what to do about it.
Abilities
  • Near Vision — The ability to see details at close range (within a few feet of the observer).
  • Stamina — The ability to exert yourself physically over long periods of time without getting winded or out of breath.
  • Explosive Strength — The ability to use short bursts of muscle force to propel oneself (as in jumping or sprinting), or to throw an object.
  • Oral Comprehension — The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
  • Hearing Sensitivity — The ability to detect or tell the differences between sounds that vary in pitch and loudness.
Tasks
  • Core — Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Core — Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Core — Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Core — Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Core — Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
Activities
  • Monitoring and Controlling Resources — Monitoring and controlling resources and overseeing the spending of money.
  • Guiding, Directing, and Motivating Subordinates — Providing guidance and direction to subordinates, including setting performance standards and monitoring performance.
  • Assisting and Caring for Others — Providing personal assistance, medical attention, emotional support, or other personal care to others such as coworkers, customers, or patients.
  • Repairing and Maintaining Electronic Equipment — Servicing, repairing, calibrating, regulating, fine-tuning, or testing machines, devices, and equipment that operate primarily on the basis of electrical or electronic (not mechanical) principles.
  • Getting Information — Observing, receiving, and otherwise obtaining information from all relevant sources.

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