Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary
Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States pull down an average of $47K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by career duration. Most workers in this position report high levels of job satisfaction. Most enjoy medical while the larger part get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to the greater part. Men are in the minority of survey respondents, with female Middle School Special Education Teachers making up 77 percent. Figures cited in this summary are based on replies to PayScale's salary questionnaire.
Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Middle School
A middle school special education teacher typically educates students with disabilities in sixth to eighth grade. These students, normally about 10 to 14 years of age, have mental and/or physical disabilities that make special education outside regular classrooms (for part or all of the day) optimal for their development. The special education teacher helps design and execute a curriculum that fosters achievement and the intellectual development of their students.Read More...
Special education teachers are expected to take a hands-on approach to educating the students in their classroom. This typically involves tailoring achievement goals and testing for each student's unique needs. The special education teacher is expected to closely monitor the progress of students and provide regular feedback to supervisors and parents. For a teacher at the middle school level, the primary focus is preparing students in the program for high school-level special education and developing a continuing written assessment of the students' progress and abilities for their future educators.
Special education teachers in middle schools must possess a strong background in education. Most schools require at least a bachelor's degree in education with an emphasis on special education, and private and charter schools are likely to prefer teachers with postgraduate education and certification. Special education teachers need patience, warmth, and empathy, and they typically work during the school year from early mornings until the evenings.
Special Education Teacher, Middle School Tasks
- Create and prepare materials for student activities.
- Grade student tests and assignments, and maintain accurate student records according to laws and school regulations.
- Teach students in public or private schools at middle or junior high level.
- Adjust teaching methods according to individual student needs.
Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Middle School
Middle School Special Education Teachers may progress into high-paying roles like Elementary School Principal, where median compensation is $74K annually. Middle School Special Education Teachers most often move into positions as Secondary School Special Education Teachers or Resource Teachers. Secondary School Special Education Teachers actually earn $3K less on average, however, and Resource Teachers earn $3K less per year than Middle School Special Education Teachers do.
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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Middle School
Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
Experience does not seem to be a strong driver of pay increase in this role. During their first five years in the workforce, individuals in this position earn $43K on average. Survey participants with five to 10 years under their belts see an only a slightly bigger average of $46K. The average pay reported by folks with 10 to 20 years of experience is around $51K. Veterans who have worked for more than two decades do tend to make the most in the end; the median pay for this group is $59K.
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