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Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School - 25-2052.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Teach elementary 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.

Sample of Reported Job Titles

  • Early Childhood Special Educator (EC Special Educator)
  • Emotional Disabilities Teacher
  • Hearing Impaired Itinerant Teacher (HI Itinerant Teacher)
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Resource Program Teacher
  • Severe Emotional Disorders Elementary Teacher (SED Elementary Teacher)
  • Severe/Profound Mental Handicaps Special Education Teacher
  • Special Education Inclusion Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher

SOC Occupation Groups

25-0000 Education, Training, and Library Occupations
25-2000 Preschool, Primary, Secondary, and Special Education School Teachers
25-2050 Special Education Teachers
25-2052.00 Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School

Related Occupations

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Tasks

  • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests to kindergarten or elementary students with special needs.
  • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise kindergarten or elementary school programs.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan or schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
  • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Guide or counsel students with adjustment problems, academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment or materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Instruct special needs students in academic subjects, using a variety of techniques, such as phonetics, multisensory learning, or repetition to reinforce learning and meet students' varying needs.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, or food preparation.
  • Interpret or transcribe classroom materials into Braille or sign language.
  • Interpret the results of standardized tests to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
  • Meet with parents or guardians to discuss their children's progress, advise them on using community resources, or teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
  • Modify the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
  • Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
  • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall or cafeteria monitoring, or bus loading or unloading.
  • Plan or conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Plan or supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, demonstrations, or visits by guest speakers.
  • Prepare assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers.
  • Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
  • Prepare objectives, outlines, or other materials for courses of study following curriculum guidelines or school or state requirements.
  • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
  • Prepare, administer, or grade tests or assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, televisions, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
  • Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, or self-advocacy.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments or to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.

Detailed Work Activities

  • Administer tests to assess educational needs or progress.
  • Advise students on academic or career matters.
  • Assess educational needs of students.
  • Assist students with special educational needs.
  • Attend training sessions or professional meetings to develop or maintain professional knowledge.
  • Collaborate with other teaching professionals to develop educational programs.
  • Create technology-based learning materials.
  • Develop instructional materials.
  • Develop instructional objectives.
  • Develop strategies or programs for students with special needs.
  • Direct activities of subordinates.
  • Discuss problems or issues with supervisors.
  • Discuss student progress with parents or guardians.
  • Display student work.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Encourage students.
  • Establish rules or policies governing student behavior.
  • Evaluate student work.
  • Maintain inventories of materials, equipment, or products.
  • Maintain student records.
  • Modify teaching methods or materials to accommodate student needs.
  • Monitor student behavior, social development, or health.
  • Monitor student performance.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Plan experiential learning activities.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Evaluator
  • Teacher, Emotionally Impaired
  • Teacher, Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher, Home Therapy
  • Teacher, Learning Disabled
  • Teacher, Mentally Impaired
  • Teacher, Physically Impaired
  • Teacher, Resource
  • Teacher, Visually Impaired