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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: Behaviour Support Teacher, Remedial Teacher, Teacher of Gifted Students
Teaches academic and living skills to hearing impaired students. Registration or licensing is required.
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 Jobs and Small Business 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 medium sized occupation employing 19,500 workers. The number of workers has grown strongly over the past 5 years. Over the next 5 years (to May 2022) the number of workers is expected to grow moderately to 20,700. Around 10,000 job openings are likely over this time from workers leaving and new jobs being created.
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.
Skills can be improved through training or experience. The skills workers rate as most important are shown below.
Teaching people how to do something.
Understanding why people react the way they do.
Figuring out how to use new ideas or things.
Listening to others, not interrupting, and asking good questions.
Changing what is done based on other people's actions.
The physical and social abilities workers rate as the most important are shown below.
Communicate by speaking.
Listen to and understand what people say.
Speak clearly so others can understand you.
Notice when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong, even if you can't solve the problem.
Identify and understand the speech of another person.
O*NET is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration.The importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2052.00 - Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School.
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.
The physical and social demands workers face most often are shown below.
How often do you use electronic mail?
How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?
How often do you talk with people face-to-face?
How important is it to work with others in a group or team?
How much freedom do you have to decide on tasks, priorities, and goals?
Work values are important to a person’s feeling of satisfaction. All six values are shown below.
Serve and work with others. Workers usually get along well with each other, do things to help other people, and are rarely pressured to do things that go against their sense of right and wrong.
Results oriented. Workers are able to use their strongest abilities, giving them a feeling of accomplishment.
Work alone and make decisions. Workers are able to try out their own ideas, make decisions on their own, and work with little or no supervision.
Supportive management that stands behind employees. Workers are treated fairly by their company, they are supported by management, and have supervisors who train them well.
Job security and good working conditions. There is usually a steady flow of interesting work, and the pay and conditions are generally good.
Advancement and the potential to lead. Workers are recognised for the work that they do, they may give directions and instructions to others, and they are looked up to in their company and their community.
Interests are the style or type of work we prefer to do. All interest areas are shown below.
Working with people. Helping or providing service to others.
Working with forms, designs and patterns. Often need self-expression and can be done without following rules.
Following set procedures and routines. Working with numbers and details more than with ideas, usually following rules.
Ideas and thinking. Searching for facts and figuring out problems in your head.
Starting up and carrying out projects. Leading people and making many decisions. Sometimes require risk taking and often deal with business.
Practical, hands-on work. Often with plants, animals, and materials like wood, tools, and machinery.