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New Mexico State University

What Can I Do With a Major In Special Education?

Special education teachers work with students—from toddlers to those in their early 20s—who have a variety of disabilities. Most special education teachers are found at the elementary, middle, and secondary school level. Special education teachers design and modify instruction to meet a student's special needs. Teachers also work with students who have other special instructional needs, including those who are gifted and talented.


Career Titles

Adapted Physical Education Teacher
Employee Development Specialist
Physical Therapist
Autism Center Manager/Teacher
Employment Interviewer
Professor, College/University
Camp Director
Recreational Therapist
Child Psychologist
Rehabilitation Counselor
Research Assistant
Creative Arts Therapist
Occupational Therapist
School Principal
Day-Care Center Owner/Operator
Orientation and Mobility Specialist
School Psychologist
Educational Advocate
Peace Corps/Vista Worker
Social Worker
Special Education Teacher - Schools
Student Teacher Advisor
Teacher of the Hearing Impaired
Teacher - Adult Education
Speech Pathologist
Teacher of English as a Second Language


Career Related Websites

jobNET Special Education Job Link

Council for Exceptional Children Career Connections 

Jobs in Education  

Nation Job Network: Education Jobs Page

Academic Employment Network


The Teacher's Employment Network  

Teachers At Work (excellent nationwide database)   

Teaching Jobs Overseas  

Want To Teach  


Occupational Outlook Handbook

The Council for Exceptional Children  

The New York Institute For Special Education

Speech Communication Association - Undergraduate Student Organizations