Special Education Teacher, Middle School Salary
Median pay for Middle School Special Education Teachers in the United States is around $46K annually. Geography is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by experience level. Female Middle School Special Education Teachers make up most of the survey respondents at 76 percent. Most enjoy medical while a majority get dental coverage. Vision coverage is also available to a little over a half. The majority of Middle School Special Education Teachers claim high levels of job satisfaction. Participants in PayScale's salary questionnaire provided the particulars of this report.
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 frequently become Secondary School Special Education Teachers and Resource Teachers even though median compensation is $3K lower and $3K lower, respectively.
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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.
For Middle School Special Education Teachers, level of experience appears to be a somewhat less important part of the salary calculation — more experience does not correlate to noticeably higher pay. Middle School Special Education Teachers in the early stages of their careers take home approximately $42K on average. The average for people in the five-to-10 year group is only a little larger at $46K. Middle School Special Education Teachers bring in $51K after working for 10 to 20 years. As Middle School Special Education Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $58K.