In this career, your responsibilities may include:
- Teaching elementary, middle, or high school level students who have disabilities of all kinds: learning, psychological, emotional, and physical.
- Teaching basic skills such as reading, writing, and math, as well as literacy and communication techniques.
In your job search, you may find job listings for this career under different titles. You can find some examples of these, as well as more information about this career, at Career One Stop.
Typically requires a bachelor’s degree, but some schools require teachers to complete a master’s degree within a certain period of time after they are hired. Even if it is not required, obtaining a master’s degree can make you eligible for careers with greater responsibility and higher salaries in this career pathway, if you do not already have the U.S. equivalent of a master’s degree.
Certification is required to teach in public schools. This required certification process is the same as what other professions call “licensure,” as it is regulated at the state level. See “Licensure” for more information.