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Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 390

Projected Annual Job Openings: 20

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: $45,900 - $68,800

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Typical education needed for entry: Bachelor's degree

Typical work experience needed for a job in this occupation: None

Typical on-the-job training once you have a job in this occupation: Internship/residency

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typical job duties

  • 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.
  • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
  • Confer with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
  • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
  • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
  • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Modify the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.

tools & technology

  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged
  • Computer mouse or trackballs
  • Scanners
  • Wheelchairs

  • Computer based training software
  • Data base user interface and query software
  • Device drivers or system software
  • Electronic mail software
  • Voice recognition software

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