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Special Education Teachers, Preschool

Teach academic, social, and life skills to preschool-aged 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

    • Employ special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
    • Teach socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
    • Communicate nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement, or positive reinforcement.
    • Teach basic skills, such as color, shape, number and letter recognition, personal hygiene, or social skills, to preschool students with special needs.
    • 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).
    • Teach students personal development skills, such as goal setting, independence, or self-advocacy.
    • Develop or implement strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
    • Observe and evaluate students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
    • Instruct and monitor students in the use and care of equipment or materials to prevent injuries and damage.
    • Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, or potential.
    • Establish and enforce rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
    • Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, or changing their diapers.
    • Prepare classrooms with a variety of materials or resources for children to explore, manipulate, or use in learning activities or imaginative play.
    • Monitor teachers or teacher assistants to ensure adherence to special education program requirements.
    • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
    • 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.
    • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
    • Establish and communicate clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students, parents, or guardians.
    • Maintain accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
    • Modify the general preschool curriculum for special-needs students.
    • Coordinate placement of students with special needs into mainstream classes.
    • Provide assistive devices, supportive technology, or assistance accessing facilities, such as restrooms.
    • Organize and supervise games or other recreational activities to promote physical, mental, or social development.
    • Prepare objectives, outlines, or other materials for courses of study, following curriculum guidelines or requirements.
    • Attend professional meetings, educational conferences, or teacher training workshops to maintain or improve professional competence.
    • Read books to entire classes or to small groups.
    • Prepare reports on students and activities as required by administration.
    • Arrange indoor or outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, or safety.
    • Organize and display students' work in a manner appropriate for their perceptual skills.
    • Present information in audio-visual or interactive formats, using computers, television, audio-visual aids, or other equipment, materials, or technologies.
    • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise preschool programs.
    • Serve meals or snacks in accordance with nutritional guidelines.
    • Plan and supervise experiential learning activities, such as class projects, field trips, or demonstrations.
    • Prepare assignments for teacher assistants or volunteers.
    • Control the inventory or distribution of classroom equipment, materials, or supplies.

    Skills

    • Speaking

      Talking to others to convey information effectively.

    • 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.

    • Critical Thinking

      Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.

    WorkKeys®

    Applied Math
    4
    Workplace Documents
    5
    Graphic Literacy
    5

    Abilities

    • Oral Expression

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

    • Oral Comprehension

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

    • Problem Sensitivity

      The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.

    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.

    • Psychology

      Knowledge of human behavior and performance; individual differences in ability, personality, and interests; learning and motivation; psychological research methods; and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and affective disorders.

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    Pay

    • Ohio Annual Salary 64100/yr
    • Typical Salary
    • Typical Hourly Wage

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    • Currently Employed 1,070
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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:
    • Adaptability/Flexibility
    • Integrity
    • Self Control
    • Achievement/Effort
    • Cooperation
    • Dependability

    Tools

    • Sand or water tables or activity centers
    • Letter or symbol boards for the physically challenged
    • Handicraft tools or materials or equipment for the physically challenged
    • Game pads or joy sticks
    • Adaptive communication switches for the physically challenged

    Technology

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

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