Special Needs Teachers teach academic and living skills to primary, middle or intermediate, and secondary school students with particular learning difficulties using various techniques.

Specialisations: Behaviour Support Teacher, Remedial Teacher, Teacher of Gifted Students.

A bachelor degree in education majoring in special education is needed to work as a Special Needs Teacher. Qualified teachers may complete postgraduate qualifications to specialise as a Special Needs Teacher.

Tasks

  • Assess students' abilities and limitations.
  • Plans, organises and implements special programmes to provide remedial or advanced tuition.
  • Administers various forms of assessment and interprets the results.
  • Teaches basic academic subjects, and practical and self-help skills to children with special needs.
  • Devises instructional materials, methods and aids to assist in training and rehabilitation.
  • Advises, instructs and counsels parents and teachers on the availability and use of special techniques.
  • Stimulates and develops interests, abilities, manual skills and co-ordination.
  • Confers with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons for special needs students.
  • Prepares and maintains student data and other records and submits reports.

All Special Education Teachers

  • $1,914 Weekly Pay
  • Moderate Future Growth
  • Lower unemployment Unemployment

Special Needs Teachers

  • 18,100 workers Employment Size
  • Very high skill Skill level rating
  • 60% Full-Time Full-Time Share
  • 44 hours Average full-time
  • 46 years Average age
  • 86% female Gender Share

The number of people working as Special Needs Teachers (in their main job) grew very strongly over 5 years:
from 14,600 in 2011 to 18,100 in 2016.

  • Size: This is a medium sized occupation.
  • Location: Special Needs Teachers work in many parts of Australia. Queensland has a large share of workers.
  • Industries: Most work in the Education and Training industry.
  • Full-time: More than half work full-time (60%, similar to the average of 66%), but there are many opportunities to work part-time.
  • Hours: Full-time workers spend around 44 hours per week at work (compared to the average of 44 hours).
  • Age: The average age is 46 years (compared to the average of 40 years). Many workers are 45 years or older (54%).
  • Gender: 86% of workers are female (compared to the average of 48%).

Employment Outlook

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Main Industries

Main Employing Industries (% Share)

Source: Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Industries are based on the Australian and New Zealand Standard Industrial Classification (ANZSIC 06).
Main Employing IndustriesIndustry (% share)
Education and Training95.2
Health Care and Social Assistance2.4
Public Administration and Safety1.6
Other Services0.4
Other Industries0.4

States and Territories

  • NSW

  • VIC

  • QLD

  • SA

  • TAS

  • NT

  • ACT

Employment by State and Territory (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Share of workers across Australian States and Territories, in this job compared to the all jobs average.
StateSpecial Needs TeachersAll Jobs Average
NSW33.031.6
VIC20.825.6
QLD27.720.0
SA5.97.0
WA8.210.8
TAS1.72.0
NT1.21.0
ACT1.51.9

Age Profile

Age Profile (% Share)

Source: Based on Based on ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Age profile of workers in this job compared to the all jobs average.
Age BracketSpecial Needs TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
15-190.1-5.05.0
20-242.6-9.39.3
25-3419.7-22.922.9
35-4423.9-22.022.0
45-5426.1-21.621.6
55-5914.0-9.09.0
60-649.6-6.06.0
65 and Over4.1-4.24.2

Education Level

Highest Level of Education (% Share)

Source: ABS, ABS Census 2016, Customised Report. Highest qualification completed by workers in this job (in any field of study). Qualifications needed by new workers might be different from the qualifications of workers already in the job.
Type of QualificationSpecial Needs TeachersAll Jobs AverageAll Jobs Average
Post Graduate/Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate38.9-10.110.1
Bachelor degree51.4-21.821.8
Advanced Diploma/Diploma6.1-11.611.6
Certificate III/IV1.6-21.121.1
Year 121.5-18.118.1
Year 110.2-4.84.8
Year 10 and below0.4-12.512.5

A bachelor degree in education majoring in special education is needed to work as a Special Needs Teacher. Qualified teachers may complete postgraduate qualifications to specialise as a Special Needs Teacher.

Registration with the relevant state or territory board is needed to work as a Special Needs Teacher.

Checks, licences and tickets

You may need:

  • national police check
  • working with children check
  • first aid certificate
  • training in anaphylaxis and/or asthma management

Thinking about study or training?

Before starting a course, check it will provide you with the skills and qualifications you need.

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Useful links and resources


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Employers look for Special Education Teachers who are caring, compassionate and empathetic and communicate clearly, with strong people skills.

Filter Skills & Knowledge

Knowledge

These are important topics, subjects or knowledge areas.

  1. Education and Training

    80% Skill level

    Curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

  2. English Language

    73% Skill level

    English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

  3. Psychology

    66% Skill level

    Human behaviour; differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; research methods; assessing and treating disorders.

  4. Customer and Personal Service

    64% Skill level

    Understanding customer needs, providing good quality service, and measuring customer satisfaction.

  5. Mathematics

    62% Skill level

    Arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, or statistics.

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  1. Work With Work Group or Team

    98% Important

    How important is it to work with others in a group or team?

  2. Contact With Others

    96% Important

    How much do you have contact with people (face-to-face, by telephone, or any other way)?

  3. Face-to-Face Discussions

    95% Important

    How often do you talk with people face-to-face?

  4. Electronic Mail

    90% Important

    How often do you use electronic mail?

  5. Physical Proximity

    85% Important

    How physically close are you to other people?

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The skills and importance ratings on this page are derived from the US Department of Labor O*NET Database Version 21.2, 25-2053.00 - Special Education Teachers, Middle School.

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