MEd in Special Education - Careers

Special Education Teacher Education Prepares Graduates for Variety of Positions

Special education is an area of high need in many states. With a Master’s degree in Special Education and state certification, you will be qualified to teach in public or private schools as a:

  • special education teacher
  • resource room teacher
  • integrated classroom instructor
  • integrated classroom curriculum developer
  • assessment coordinator

Special Education Teacher Education Skills

 During your course work for your Special Education teacher education degree, you will develop knowledge and strategies that will be of great value in working with special education students:

  • identifying specific learning disabilities and their characteristics
  • understanding how students with learning disabilities progress and develop personally, socially, physically and academically
  • assessing student needs and creating individual education plans (IEPs)
  • consulting and collaborating in executing and evaluating IEPs
  • using varying approaches to help children reach their learning potential
  • designing and implementing behavior management plans
  • using developmentally appropriate teaching methods for K-12
  • incorporating techniques for teaching in an inclusive classroom
  • using technology in learning
  • knowing state and local laws related to educating special education students

Special Education Teacher Education Career Opportunities

With a Special Education teacher education degree and state certification, you should be well positioned for a position as a special education teacher.  The number of special education students has risen in recent years because of the earlier diagnosis of disabilities in students needing special education. The number of special education teachers is expected to increase 17 percent in the decade prior to 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. The majority of special education teachers are found in preschool, kindergarten and elementary schools, creating additional career opportunities for teachers certified as elementary school teachers.

Education programs are accredited by:

  • Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges
  • New Hampshire Postsecondary Education Commission
  • New Hampshire State Department of Education for Teacher Certification  


Resources for Finding Jobs in Special Education

Access helpful resources for teachers with a master’s in Special Education who are seeking career opportunities in the special education field.

Career Opportunities
Southern New Hampshire University Career Development Center
Learn about SNHU career planning and development assistance and resources.

U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training for professionals looking to work in the special education field, including job prospects, resources, and expected earnings of those working in special education.

Professional Organizations and Associations
Council of Exceptional Children
The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving the educational success of individuals with disabilities and/or gifts and talents.

Learning Disabilities of America 
Serves members with learning disabilities, their families and the professionals who work with them.

Autism Society of America
Its mission is to increase public awareness about the day-to-day issues faced by people on the autism spectrum, advocating for appropriate services for individuals across the lifespan, and providing the latest information regarding treatment, education, research and advocacy.

Autism Speaks
Dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.

CHADD (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder)
The nation's leading nonprofit organization serving individuals with AD/HD and their families. CHADD offers support for individuals, parents, teachers, professionals, and others.

International Rett Syndrome Foundation
The core mission of the IRSF is to fund research for treatments and a cure for Rett syndrome while enhancing the overall quality of life for those living with Rett syndrome by providing information, programs, and services.

National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.

National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.

Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
Provides expert and innovative solutions in professional development, capacity building, and educational leadership essential to the way educators learn, teach, and lead.

International Reading Association
Its mission is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.

New Hampshire Department of Education
Committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.

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