Midde School Special Education Teachers

Education & Training > Teaching/Training

Projected Growth: Slower than average

Projected Job Openings

Considerable Preparation Needed

Job Description

Your job is to Teach middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.

Common job titles of Midde School Special Education Teachers include:

Experience and Education

A considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or experience is needed for this occupation. For example, a person in this occupation must complete four years of college and work for several years in industry to be considered qualified.

  • 46.95% said they needed a Master's Degree.

  • 40.94% said they needed a Bachelor's Degree.


    Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.

    Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.

    Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.

    Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.

    Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.

    Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.

    Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.

    Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.

    Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.

    Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.

    Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and instructional technology.

    Collaborate with other teachers that provide instruction to special education students to ensure that the students receive appropriate support.

    Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.

    Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.

    Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.

    Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.

    Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.

    Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.

    Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.

    Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.

    Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.

    Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.

    Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.

    Develop or write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for students.

    Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.

    Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.

    Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, and social development.

    Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.

    Organize and label materials and display students' work.

    Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.

    Supervise, evaluate, and plan assignments for teacher assistants and volunteers.

    Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.

    Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.

    Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.

    Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.

    Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

    Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.

    Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.

    Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.

    Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.


Word prediction software

Wireless touch screen monitors


Video magnifiers

Video cassette recorders VCR

Video camcorders


All Tools

Television monitors

Teletypewriters TTY

Talking calculators

Tablet computers

Sound switches

Science activity kits

Safety goggles

Safety gloves

Reading pens

Portable oxygen equipment

Portable communication devices

Photocopying equipment

Personal computers

Pencil compasses

Page turners

Oral suction tubes

Optical compound microscopes

Mouth operated joysticks


Laptop computers

Laminating equipment

Laboratory heating plates

Jellybean switches

Interactive whiteboards

Head operated joysticks

Glass beakers

Foot operated mouse equipment

Eye controlled computer mouse equipment

Enteral feeding equipment

Emergency first aid kits

Document cameras

Dissection scalpels

Digital video cameras

Desktop computers

Computer laser printers

Communication boards

Bunsen burners

Braille styluses

Braille slates

Audio tape recorders or players

Assistive amplification systems

Alternative computer keyboards


Apple macOS

Microsoft SharePoint


Email software

Hand held spell checkers

Screen magnification software

Screen reader software

All Technologies

Video editing software

Voice activated software

Web browser software


Read and understand information and ideas presented in writing.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Comprehension

Listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Comprehension

Communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Oral Expression

Communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.

Cognitive Abilities › Verbal Abilities › Written Expression

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Occupation Sections


Education and Training

Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

English Language

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


Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.


Knowledge of arithmetic, algebra, geometry, calculus, statistics, and their applications.

Computers and Electronics

Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.


Knowledge of administrative and clerical procedures and systems such as word processing, managing files and records, stenography and transcription, designing forms, and other office procedures and terminology.

Therapy and Counseling

Knowledge of principles, methods, and procedures for diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of physical and mental dysfunctions, and for career counseling and guidance.

Public Safety and Security

Knowledge of relevant equipment, policies, procedures, and strategies to promote effective local, state, or national security operations for the protection of people, data, property, and institutions.

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