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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School - 25-2054.00

O*NET-SOC Description

Teach secondary 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

  • Career and Transition Teacher
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher)
  • High School Special Education Teacher
  • Interrelated Special Education Teacher
  • Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher (LD Special Education Teacher)
  • Learning Support Teacher
  • Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Resource Teacher
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Teacher

SOC Occupation Groups

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Tasks

  • 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.
  • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, counselors, and administrators to resolve students' behavioral and academic problems.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
  • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
  • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
  • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
  • 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.
  • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
  • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
  • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
  • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
  • Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
  • Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
  • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
  • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
  • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
  • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
  • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
  • Prepare students for later grades by encouraging them to explore learning opportunities and to persevere with challenging tasks.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' progress.
  • Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
  • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
  • Provide interpretation and transcription of regular classroom materials through Braille and sign language.
  • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.
  • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
  • Teach personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
  • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
  • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and 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.
  • Apply multiple teaching methods.
  • 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.
  • Coordinate student extracurricular activities.
  • Create technology-based learning 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.
  • Distribute instructional or library materials.
  • Document lesson plans.
  • 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.
  • Order instructional or library materials or equipment.
  • Plan educational activities.
  • Plan experiential learning activities.
  • Prepare reports detailing student activities or performance.
  • Prepare tests.
  • Serve on institutional or departmental committees.
  • Set up classroom materials or equipment.
  • Supervise school or student activities.
  • Teach life skills.
  • Teach others to use technology or equipment.
  • Teach vocational courses.
  • Tutor students who need extra assistance.

Military Crosswalk Titles

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Apprenticeship Crosswalk Titles

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DOT Crosswalk Titles

  • Teacher, Emotionally Impaired
  • Teacher, Hearing Impaired
  • Teacher, Learning Disabled
  • Teacher, Mentally Impaired
  • Teacher, Physically Impaired
  • Teacher, Resource
  • Teacher, Visually Impaired
  • Teacher, Vocational Training
  • Work-Study Coordinator, Special Education