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Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Teach academic, social, and life skills to secondary school students with learning, emotional, or physical disabilities. Includes teachers who specialize and work with students who are blind or have visual impairments; students who are deaf or have hearing impairments; and students with intellectual disabilities.

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    Work Activities

    Work Activities

    • Develop and implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
    • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
    • 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.
    • Maintain accurate and complete student records, and prepare reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
    • Instruct through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
    • Meet with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
    • Employ special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
    • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.
    • Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
    • Prepare materials and classrooms for class activities.
    • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
    • Teach personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, and self-advocacy.
    • 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.
    • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
    • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
    • Monitor teachers and teacher assistants to ensure that they adhere to inclusive special education program requirements.
    • Guide and counsel students with adjustment or academic problems, or special academic interests.
    • 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.
    • Administer standardized ability and achievement tests and interpret results to determine students' strengths and areas of need.
    • Confer with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting learning, following approved curricula.
    • Instruct students in daily living skills required for independent maintenance and self-sufficiency, such as hygiene, safety, and food preparation.
    • Prepare for assigned classes and show written evidence of preparation upon request of immediate supervisors.
    • Prepare objectives and outlines for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements of states and schools.
    • Provide additional instruction in vocational areas.
    • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment and materials to prevent injuries and damage.
    • Use computers, audio-visual aids, and other equipment and materials to supplement presentations.
    • Collaborate with other teachers and administrators in the development, evaluation, and revision of secondary school programs.
    • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, and assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
    • Meet with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and to teach skills for dealing with students' impairments.
    • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, and teacher training workshops to maintain and improve professional competence.
    • Visit schools to tutor students with sensory impairments and to consult with teachers regarding students' special needs.
    • Plan and supervise class projects, field trips, visits by guest speakers, or other experiential activities, and guide students in learning from those activities.
    • Attend staff meetings and serve on committees, as required.
    • Perform administrative duties, such as assisting in school libraries, hall and cafeteria monitoring, and bus loading and unloading.
    • Sponsor extracurricular activities, such as clubs, student organizations, and academic contests.
    • Select, store, order, issue, and inventory classroom equipment, materials, and supplies.

    Skills

    • Learning Strategies

      Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.

    • Active Listening

      Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.

    • Instructing

      Teaching others how to do something.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
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    Workplace Documents
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    Graphic Literacy
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    Abilities

    • Speech Clarity

      The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.

    • Oral Comprehension

      The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.

    • Oral Expression

      The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand.

    Knowledge

    • English Language

      Knowledge of the structure and content of the English language including the meaning and spelling of words, rules of composition, and grammar.

    • Education and Training

      Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum and training design, teaching and instruction for individuals and groups, and the measurement of training effects.

    • Computers and Electronics

      Knowledge of circuit boards, processors, chips, electronic equipment, and computer hardware and software, including applications and programming.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 56550/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

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    Personality

    Social: People interested in this work like activities that include helping people, teaching, and talking. They do well at jobs that need:
    • Dependability
    • Concern for Others
    • Stress Tolerance
    • Cooperation
    • Integrity
    • Adaptability/Flexibility

    Tools

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

    Technology

    • Word processing software
    • Graphics or photo imaging software
    • Electronic mail software
    • Device drivers or system software
    • Computer based training software
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