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Maestros de educación especial

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.

*Fuente: Texas Career Check

What does it take to be a Special Education Teacher?

Aval de la escuela secundaria: servicio público

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.

 **Se puede obtener más información en la Junta Directiva Estatal para la Certificación Docente (SBEC) y la Junta de Coordinación para la Educación Superior de Texas (THECB).

**La Texas Education Agency (TEA) también ofrece una gran cantidad de información sobre diversos temas de interés para docentes actuales y futuros.

Gulf Coast Region Special Education Programs

La Junta Directiva Estatal para la Certificación Docente aprobó los programas de preparación para educadores como parte de los programas universitarios que ofrecen las siguientes instituciones del área. Para obtener más información sobre estos programas universitarios, además de licenciaturas y programas alternativos/acelerados, visite Sistema en línea de certificación para educadores (ECOS).


 Major Public School Districts in the
Región de la Costa del Golfo de México

 Major Private Schools
 en la Costa del Golfo de México


Ocupaciones relacionadas: Childcare Workers, Trabajadores sociales, Terapeutas ocupacionalesInstructional Coordinators


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*Incluye los siguientes condados: Austin, Brazoria, Chambers, Colorado, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Walker, Waller y Wharton.

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