Special education teachers
Special education teachers develop and deliver specialised learning programs for students (Kindergarten to Year 12) who have a range of disabilities and learning difficulties. They may work in a variety of educational settings are often very large influences in their students' lives.
Demand for special education teachers
Special education teachers are in high-demand in NSW public schools, as identified in the Department of Education's 2015 Teaching Workforce Supply and Demand (PDF 729 KB). Demand is particularly high in Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and Windsor.
Attributes of great special education teachers
Great special education teachers are excellent communicators as they regularly communicate not only with students, but with parents, other teachers support staff, health and well-being professionals and specialists such as speech pathologists and psychologists. They can help students who don't believe they're capable of learning prove themselves wrong and achieve much more than they ever thought was possible. They create learning environments where students with a range of learning difficulties can flourish. They have the ability to recognise the additional learning needs of every student.
How to decide if you should be a special education teacher
If you're optimistic by nature and passionate about developing students' individual potential, consider becoming a special education teacher. If you can help students realise the possibilities and make progress where no one else has been able to make progress before, you could be a great special education teacher.
How to become a special education teacher
Whether you're a student or a career changer you will need to complete a number of steps to become a teacher in a NSW public school.
Get paid to become a special education teacher
Scholarships, cadetships and internships are available to HSC students, university students and career changers considering becoming a special education teacher (K-12). Find out how you can get paid to study to become a special education teacher in NSW public schools!
Sponsored training programs are also available to current teachers who would like to become special education teachers.