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Special Education

Special education teachers work with students that have a variety of physical and learning disabilities. These teachers help students with a wide range of disabilities. Sometimes special education teachers help students learn simple life skills and basic literacy. Other times, special education teachers work with students with mild disabilities that need remedial tutoring.

Special education teachers must hold at least a bachelor’s degree and in some states a master’s degree as well. At the bachelor’s degree level, most teaching schools offer specialized programs in special education that include additional courses and training necessary to prepare for the job and for the state licensing examinations.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the number of special education teacher jobs is expected to increase by 17% through 2018, well ahead of the national average. The high job growth is due to improved diagnostic testing that allows teachers and parents to identify learning disabilities at an earlier age.

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