Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Salary
Job Description for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School
Special education teachers in secondary schools help instruct and guide children with mild or moderate disabilities. They adapt a general curriculum so that it meets the specific needs of these individuals and ensure it helps students acquire vital basic skills they will need in the future. Special education teacher identify each student's needs and collaborate with the child's guardians (and possibly therapists, social workers, and other teachers) to ensure the student achieves maximum possible educational development. These teachers' students may have a wide variety of challenges, and individual students' plans may vary widely.Read More...
Special education teachers must be a organized, able to manage time and workload effectively. They must also be creative and highly adaptive, finding ways to make the necessary curriculum understood to a variety of students. Excellent communication skills are essential to communicate with students, parents, and other individuals who help provide education and care to students. Patience and instructional abilities are required as well.
Educational requirements for special education teaching positions vary from state to state. A minimum of a bachelor's degree in education is typically required in most states, as well as relevant state licensing. A master's degree in special education is required in some states, as are professional assessments.
Special Education Teacher, Secondary School Tasks
- Instruct via lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects at the post primary level.
- Maintain student records.
- Create, administer, and grade tests and assignments to measure students' progress.
- Establish and enforce behavioral and procedural rules.
Common Career Paths for Special Education Teacher, Secondary School
Secondary School Special Education Teachers' salaries may rise greatly for those who assume a higher-end position such as a Director of Special Education. The average Director of Special Education brings home $74K per year. Going from Secondary School Special Education Teacher to Middle School Special Education Teacher is the transition that occurs most often in this field, and the average paycheck for Middle School Special Education Teachers is $43K. Many others choose to work as Assistant Principals, where pay is typically $66K.
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Pay by Experience Level for Special Education Teacher, Secondary 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. The average inexperienced worker's salary is approximately $42K, and people with five to 10 years of experience bring in more at around $48K on average. On average, Secondary School Special Education Teachers make $53K following one to two decades on the job. As Secondary School Special Education Teachers reach more than two decades on the job, compensation remains commensurate with experience; the average pay in this group is $62K.
Pay Difference by Location
With a pay rate for Secondary School Special Education Teachers that is 28 percent greater than the national average, Los Angeles offers a comfortable salary for those in this profession. Secondary School Special Education Teachers can also look forward to large paychecks in cities like New York (+25 percent), Washington (+12 percent), Indianapolis (+8 percent), and San Diego (+8 percent). With compensation 2 percent below the national average, Rochester is not known for hefty paychecks and actually represents the lowest-paying market.
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