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Career Outlook: Special Education Jobs, Careers and Salaries

Meeting the Need in Every Classroom for Every Learner

Teachers with special education skills are in high demand near and far: While 46 states (including Minnesota) report a shortage of teachers in special education,1 Minnesota saw a 10 percent rise in special education student enrollment between 2006 and 2016.2

Every classroom can benefit from special education methods to ensure inclusive learning environments. And as your students benefit, so can your career: An online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota can lead to a more fulfilling career path with 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—and opportunities in special education are expected to grow.

Special Education Careers

An online Master of Arts in Special Education from Saint Mary's can open up pathways throughout the field. Whether you're starting out as a paraprofessional, applied behavioral analysis therapist, school social worker, or any number of positions, this program will provide you with the opportunity to pursue career opportunities including the following:

Looking for licensure preparation in Minnesota? This program prepares you to work in Minnesota with learners who receive special education services for specific learning disabilities, children on the autism spectrum, and/or those with emotional or behavioral disorders in preschool, elementary, middle, and high school settings.

Are you in Wisconsin? Please take a look at our options for Wisconsin educators.

JOB TITLE

MEDIAN SALARY

Preschool special education teacher

This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for teaching licensure requirements.

$53,640

Kindergarten and elementary school special education teacher

This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for teaching licensure requirements.

$53,640

Middle school special education teacher

This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for teaching licensure requirements.

$59,510

Secondary school special education teacher

This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for teaching licensure requirements.

$60,180

Special education director

Master's degree typically required for entry. This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for administrative licensure requirements.

$74,1593

Educational consultant

$62,9934

Special education coordinator

Master's degree typically required for entry. This profession requires professional licensure. Check with your state for administrative licensure requirements.

$58,4085

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics unless otherwise noted.

Students should be aware that this program is not designed to lead to a special education licensure, endorsement, or certification outside of Minnesota. If you are interested in becoming licensed in a state other than Minnesota or Wisconsin, it is your responsibility to check with the licensing body in your state for specific licensure preparation requirements.

You should be aware that this is not a licensure preparation program for K-12 administrative licensure such as Director of Special Education or Special Education Coordinator positions. If you are looking to become a Director of Special Education in Minnesota the completion of an education-related master’s program allows you to enter the Saint Mary’s Ed.S. in Educational Administration to complete coursework and field experience in preparation for administrative licensure. If you are looking to become a K-12 public school administrator in another state, it is your responsibility to check with the administrative licensing body in your state for specific licensure preparation requirements.

Benefits of the Program

  • Master intercultural communication skills and strategies to effectively support the diverse needs of special education students and their families
  • Become an authority on special education strategies and research at your school
  • Create a positive school and classroom culture to effectively teach all students
  • Use the latest mobile technology and methods that are giving students who receive special education a new voice
  • Design an Individualized Education Plan that helps provide students with access to their learning environment through multiple means, including assistive technology
  • Develop intercultural competence to relate to students of all backgrounds

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.