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Special Education Teacher

A Special Education Teachers role is to analyse the needs of  children with disabilities and help them through their difficulties. No one day will be the same, making it an exciting and varied role. A Special Education Teacher may have a specific role where they promote students social, emotional, intellectual and physical development. 


Average wage for

Employment Levels

Around 21,000 people are currently employed as Special Education Teacher in Australia. This is set to increase slightly to 22,100 people by 2023, according to the Department of Employment.

Employment by State

36.9% of all Special Education Teachers are employed in NSW. The area with the lowest number of Special Education Teachers is NT, with only 1.1%.

Gender Split

This is a very female dominated industry with 14.3% of Special Education Teachers being male and 85.7% female.

Age Brackets

The most popular age for people working as Special Education Teacher  is 35-44 years old, with 26.4%. A small percentage (4.2%) of people get into this career path older, aged 65 and over. There is also a number of people who enjoy a career as Special Education Teacher, with 25.9% aged 45-54.

Hours Worked

Special Education Teachers work an average of 38.3 hours a week compared to all jobs average of 40.0 hours.

Education Level

Most Special Education Teachers have a Post Graduate/ Graduate Diploma or Graduate Certificate qualification (44.5%) or are at a Bachelor Degree level (49.8%). 100% of people have a Cert III or higher, whilst 0% have a qualification which is Year 12 or lower.

Special Education Teacher Duties & Tasks

  • Analyse children’s needs
  • Put a plan in place to make sure you assist the child with their disability in the right way
  • Make sure the child has enough emotional support from friends and family
  • Arrange activities where the child can interact with others
  • Support the families, helping them understand how they can help provide assistance



*The information provided on this page is from the Department of Employment’s Job Outlook website. All salary ranges are from Payscale. Where jobs are not exact matches, job areas have been used. This information is to be used as a guide only.