Alabama Department of Labor

Labor Market Information Division
SOC: 25-2054 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
Education: Most of these occupations require a four-year bachelor's degree, but some do not.
OJT: Employees in these occupations usually need several years of work-related experience, on-the-job training, and/or vocational training.
Tasks: Establish and enforce rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students. Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement. Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies. Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions. Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations. Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress. Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress. Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems. Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory. Teach personal development skills such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy. Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests. Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies. Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development. Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities. Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks. Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate. Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs. Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students. Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health. Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes. Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements. Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments. Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors. Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation. Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools. Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula. Provide additional instruction in vocational areas. Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations. Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need. Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence. Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required. Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs. Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities. Perform administrative duties such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading. Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
License: To become licensed, a person must have a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution of higher education, have completed a teacher education program, or be a participant in an Alabama alternative certification program. A person must also receive background clearance from the Alabama and Federal Bureaus of Investigation. Application Fee: $30; Renewal Fee: $30; Background Review Fee: $52.15.
Outlook: Satisfactory
Alabama Employment Outlook
Alabama Wage Data
Hourly Wage   Annual Wage
Entry   Entry $36,514.00
Mean   Mean $48,968.00
Experience Experience $55,190.00

The data is based on the May 2017 Occupation Employment Survey employment and wage estimate file. The wages have been aged using the most current ECI factors reflecting wages as of June 2018.

Alabama Projections
Estimated Employment 2016Projected Employment 2026Annual Average OpeningsAnnual Growth Rate
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25-2054.00 Special Education Teachers, Secondary School