Major Monday: Special Education

Special education is the career for you if you enjoy teaching, working with others one-on-one or in small groups, want to help others, and want to make a difference!

Featured Major: Special Education

General Description: Special education teachers work with students with disabilities that affect their learning.  They work with the curriculum by modifying or accommodating it so it is accessible to the students.  A special education teacher can work with students as young as preschool age up through high school.

Education Requirements: A career in special education requires at least a bachelor’s degree. There is also the option to get a bachelor’s degree in education (with a concentration in a content area) and minor in special education or you can continue on to get a master’s degree.  Also, all teachers that work in a public school must hold a license, or have a certification.  Each state has its own requirements when it comes to obtaining the certification.

Types of courses: human development, psychology, sociology, curriculum and instruction, behavior management, and assessment.

Area Colleges with a bachelor’s degree program in special education: Fitchburg State University (MA), Lesley University (MA), Elms College (MA), New England College (NH), Rivier University (NH), Salve Regina University (RI)

Salary and Job Projections: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in special education is expected to grow 6% by 2022.  In 2012, the average salary was $55,060.

Sources: Bureau of Labor Statistics and CollegeBoard



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