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Special Education Teacher

What does a Special Education Teacher do?

A Special Education Eeacher (also known as a Special Needs Teacher) helps students with learning difficulties or impairments to reach their full potential. As the needs of each student can vary, these teachers will often create individualised education plans (IEPs) to help their students reach personal goals. Working in special education, you will help students to build on their academic, social, emotional and life skills. You would work closely with parents and carers to ensure your students receive the support they need in the classroom and at home.

Special Education Teacher jobs can be found in both primary and high schools, as well as specialist institutions for people with disabilities.

Is a career as a Special Education Teacher right for me?

If you’re a very caring person with a passion for education, you might enjoy a career in education, specifically special education. Other skills and attributes beneficial for this role include: 

  • patience  
  • empathy  
  • good communication skills  
  • creativity  
  • adaptability  
  • strong problem-solving skills.  

How to become a Special Education Teacher

Every journey to study is individual and there are several paths to reaching your career in education. At UniSQ, we offer the following degrees in the area of special and inclusive education:
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Last updated August 2023.

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