Special Education teaching jobs will continue to grow in the next decade. Not only will there be record retirements as baby boomers hit their 60's, there will continue to be an increase in the number of children who will be identified for some special education interventions, if only for part of their educational career. In all of the states a teacher of special education is required to be certified as special education teacher.  Teachers who teach special education are required to have certification in another area of education since the 2004 reauthorization of IDEA (Individuals with Disabilities Education Act). Teachers working with elementary school aged children are required to be certified in elementary education. Teachers working with high school children are required to be certified in a core subject: social studies, math or English/language arts. Be sure the program that you in is accredited, or you'll be out of luck in case you are pursuing a job in teaching. Most states have created alternative tracks to teaching because of a shortage of special education teachers, and the challenges and low pay associated with either inner city school districts or private state approved schools. People need to realize that emergency certification is not awarded to teach in wealthy suburbs in case they pursuit alternative tracks.

Special education teaching jobs

They hire teachers with multiple certificates and master's degrees. Emergency certification is issued to people willing to teach in difficult and underpaid situations. They will walk you through the steps required by your state for emergency certification once you have found an organization that needs you as a special education teacher. You will need a bachelor's degree from a recognized university, a willingness to work hard, and the willingness to pursue the college credits you will need while you are teaching. A Master's Degree is not required, but it only makes sense to get into a certification program that terminates with a Masters of Education. You will have opportunities in suburban public schools, which pay much better than inner city schools or private schools once you are certified. Special education teachers are paid by school districts according to teachers' contracts negotiated by the teachers association (union) and the school district. Most states have tenure laws to protect teachers from political pressure or a school board that wishes to save money by hiring new, inexperienced teachers. Usually salaries reflect the cost of living in a state, but states which are "Right to Work" states (not requiring all teachers in a unionized district to belong to the union) usually pay 6.5 to 11% less than "Fair Share" states (where people who do not join the union still pay for representation in negotiations.) Southern states tend to pay poorly (all except for Georgia and Virginia are in the bottom half for pay) but there are plenty of jobs. A shortage of teachers does not guarantee you a job with a school district. Some districts will value other experience, such as a stay at home parent, as a business person, or as a military professional.