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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School
District Of Columbia

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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.

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Currently Employed: 237

Projected Annual Job Openings: 10

Typical Hourly Wage: Not Available

Typical Annual Salary: $48,700 - $73,300

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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

  • 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.
  • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
  • Prepare, administer, and grade tests and assignments to evaluate students' 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.

tools & technology


Tools:
  • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged
  • Computer mouse or trackballs
  • Game pads or joy sticks
  • Touch screen monitors

Technology:
  • Device drivers or system software
  • Graphics or photo imaging software
  • Presentation software
  • Spreadsheet software
  • Word processing software

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