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Special Education Teachers teach primary, middle or intermediate, and secondary school students with learning difficulties, hearing impairment and sight impairment, and promote students' social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
Teaches academic and living skills to primary, middle or intermediate, and secondary school students with particular learning difficulties using various techniques. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Secondary School Teacher-Librarian
Teaches academic and living skills to hearing impaired students. Registration or licensing is required.
Specialisations: Behaviour Support Teacher, Remedial Teacher, Teacher of Gifted Students
Teaches academic and living skills to sight impaired students. Registration or licensing is required.
Includes Aboriginal Education Teacher, Distance Education Teacher. Registration or licensing is required.
Earnings are for full-time workers before tax, excluding superannuation. Earnings are a guide only and can vary greatly.
Likely change in the number of jobs over the next 5 years, based on the Department of Employment projections.
Skill Level is the education or training usually needed to do well in this job. Relevant experience is sometimes viewed just as highly.
Employment Size is the number of people who work in this job in Australia.
An above average unemployment rate shows people who do this job are more likely to be out of work than people who do other jobs.
Full-time workers usually work 35 hours or more a week (in all their jobs combined).
This is a large occupation employing 24,800 workers. Over the past 5 years the number of jobs has grown strongly.Very strong growth is expected in the future. New jobs and turnover from workers leaving may create between 10,001 and 25,000 job openings over the 5 years to 2020.
A Bachelor Degree or higher is required. Nearly all workers have a university degree. Sometimes relevant experience or on-the-job training is also needed. Registration with the relevant state or territory board of education may be required.
If you are interested in this style of work, there are a wide range of training options available that could lead to this or a similar job. The pathway that is right for you will depend on your skills and interests.
It is a good idea to speak to industry bodies, employers, and workers to learn more about the skills and qualifications you will need.
Employers look for Special Education Teachers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and communicate clearly, with strong people skills.
The topics, subjects, or knowledge areas workers rate as most important are shown below.
Teaching and course design.
English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.
Human behaviour and performance; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioural and affective disorders.
Word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office work.
Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.
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Learn about the daily activities, and physical and social demands faced by workers. Explore the values and work styles that workers rate as most important.
The work activities workers rate as most important are shown below.
Building and keeping constructive and cooperative working relationships with others.
Working out the timing of events, programs, and activities, as well as the work of others.
Deciding on goals and the figuring out what you need to do to achieve them.
Giving information to supervisors, co-workers, and staff by telephone, in written form, e-mail, or in person.
Entering, transcribing, recording, storing, or maintaining information in written or electronic/magnetic form.