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Special Education Teachers

Teach, adapt, and learn as a special education teacher.

Do you want to help everyone get a chance to learn? Being a special education teacher is the opportunity to work with children and young adults with a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They adapt general education lessons, specific developmental skills, life skills and basic occupational skills to help those with disabilities reach their full potential.

Special education teachers have a unique responsibility to develop Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student tailored to their level of development. Because special education teachers teach at all levels, they need to be flexible in their development and delivery of content. It is especially important for special education teachers to maintain strong lines of communication with the adults in a student's life in order to understand their unique challenges and what if any accommodations are needed to facilitate the learning process.

The Gulf Coast Region will need nearly 500 more Special Education Teachers by 2026!


The Gulf Coast Region will need over 1,500 Special Education Teachers by 2024

Special Education Teachers Openings

Even Special Education Teachers just starting out make nearly $12,000 above the median for all occupations in the region!

Special Education Teachers make above the average for all occupations in the region

Is teaching Special Education right for you?

These skills, interests, and knowledge areas are recommended for a career as an educator. The percentage indicates the level of important of each of the skills.



Education & Training Instruction

Principles and methods for curriculum and training design with interest in passing knowledge to others and measuring the training effects



Human behavior and performance ability, including perceiving differences in ability, personality, and interests that guide motivation & learning.


Service Oriented & Social Coordination

Looking for ways to help others and adjusting actions in relation to others' action, specifically for the purposes of being understood.

*Source: Texas Career Check

What does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?

High School Endorsement: Public Service

Most public schools require a special education teacher to have obtained at least a bachelor's degree in special education or a bachelor's degree in any other area with a minor in special education. It is important to have an education background in special education to understand the different types of disabilities they may encounter and common ways in which to assist, demonstrating their qualifications as a part of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) standards.

All public schools in the state of Texas require teachers to have a teaching license which can be acquired after completing the exam. Other certifications can be earned as needed dependent upon the types of disability a special education teacher will be working with. Registry of Interpreters of the Deaf offers certification for sign language interpreters and the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards offers Early Childhood through Young Adulthood/Exceptional Needs Specialist certification.

Remember: Each opportunity, public or private, will be slightly different with potentially different requirements. Make sure of the certifications, licensures, and educational requirements specific to whatever position you aim for.

 **Additional information can be obtained at the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) and the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB).

**The Texas Education Agency (TEA) also provides significant amount of additional information about numerous topics of interest to current and future teachers.

Gulf Coast Region Special Education Programs

The State Board for Educator Certification has approved the educator preparation programs as part of the undergraduate degree programs offered at the area universities listed below. For more information about these university-based programs as well as post-baccalaureate and alternative/accelerated programs, visit Educator Certification Online System (ECOS).


 Major Public School Districts in the
Gulf Coast Region

 Major Private Schools
 in the Gulf Coast Region


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*Includes the following counties: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller, and Wharton.

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