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Career Outlook: Special Education Jobs, Careers and Salaries

Special Education—Not Just for Special Education Teachers Anymore

Flexibility is the new norm in modern education. As the majority of students with disabilities receive an education with learners without disabilities, you’ll be prepared with the skills and inclusive approaches needed to help all types of learners achieve their full potential and help you pave a rewarding career path in education for years to come.

Special education experience can give all classroom teachers a diverse set of teaching skills necessary to stay current on the latest teaching tools and methods. A master’s in special education equips teachers and educators to be able to:

  • Make accommodations for students with special needs
  • Understand appropriate assessment practices that can inform instructional decision making
  • Effectively adapt the curriculum to be accessible and engaging for learners with disabilities
  • Adhere to special education due process regulation and requirements
  • Specialize in teaching students with special needs and become an invaluable asset to any school’s special education program

An online Master's in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota can lead to a more fulfilling career path with more tangible rewards. In most states, teachers with a master's degree earn more than teachers with the same amount of experience who hold only a bachelor's degree.

Here are more career statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics*:

  • Of all education professions, teachers who earn a special education credential are expected to see a 6 percent growth through 2022
  • At all levels—kindergarten, elementary, middle, and high school – the Bureau of Labor Statistics expects job growth for teachers with special education experience to be higher than for those without

Non-licensure and Licensed Special Education Careers

Behavior Interventionist Specialist 
Special Education Teacher*Special Education Teacher: Learning Disabilities

Special Education Teacher: Emotional Behavioral Disorder

Special Education Teacher: Autism Spectrum Disorder
Teacher Assistant 
Teacher on Special Assignment 
Special Education Coordinator 

*Please check your state’s licensing requirements.

Our degree in special education equips graduates to enter into a variety of professions including:

  • Special Education Advocacy
  • Special Education Consulting
  • Special Education educational assistant
  • First step towards administrative license such as a Director of Special Education or Special Education Facilitator (additional education and field experience required in MN and other states)

Below is industry information about various careers in Special Education according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics:

Request a free brochure or call 877-308-9954 to speak with an enrollment counselor to learn more about Saint Mary’s Master of Arts in Special Education.


*Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2012-13 Edition, Special Education Teachers, (accessed December 2, 2014).