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Special education teacher

What is it like to be a Special education teacher?

Special education teachers develop and expand the learning potential of students with learning difficulties or impairments. They often have to use a variety of teaching methods, as the needs of their students greatly differ.

Work is normally found in either primary or secondary public or private schools. Alternatively one might gain employment in higher education settings, training related fields, human services or community-based government organisations.

For more information about a career as a Special education teacher, visit the Job Outlook website. 

Employment level (thousands)

This data shows historical and projected employment levels (thousands) for this occupation. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: ABS Labour Force Survey.

Average weekly total cash earnings (before tax)

This data shows median weekly cash earnings for the occupation, before tax and not including superannuation. These figures are indicative and cannot be used to determine a particular wage rate. Data should be used as a guide only. Source: Based on ABS Characteristics of Employment survey, August 2015, Cat. No. 6333.0, Customised Report.

Is it right for me?

Special education teachers are dedicated to providing equal learning opportunities to students who require more personal attention.

Other important attributes include:

  • enthusiastic, patient and tactful
  • ability to communicate simply and clearly
  • strong motivational skills
  • ability to handle a flexible work environment

To become an Special education teacher

To be able to become a Special education teacher, your study options will change based on your previous study experience or your preferred study pathway:


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