Teacher - Special Education

Job Description

A Special Education Teacher is responsible for developing and delivering customised learning programs for students ranging from Kindergarten to Year 12 (students who are 4 – 18 years of age).  Special Education Teachers work with students who have learning difficulties and/or an impairment in their physical, sensory, emotional, or intellectual abilities.  They may also teach gifted and talented students.  In Australia, a Special Education Teacher may teach students in individual or group lessons, working in Government school (public schools), or private schools. 

Special Education Teachers communicate with parents, other teaching staff, health representatives, speech pathologists and psychologists.   They also participate in whole of school activities such as excursions, camps, sporting activities, assemblies, presentations, awards, calendar and periodical celebrations and parent-teacher nights. 

A Special Education Teacher develops and prepares lesson plans, working to a specific curriculum.  They develop educational plans within key learning areas, teaching students from a range of diverse backgrounds.  A Teacher must comply with Australian Curriculum and relevant state level Department of Education policies and procedures.   They must also manage student welfare and discipline as per school policy, monitor student engagement and communicate with students, parents, and other staff about their development.   

Teachers must maintain their professional development through attendance at in-services and courses, while maintaining other licenses and accreditations.  

This is a highly rewarding role which can lead into other specialty opportunities.  


To work as a Special Education Teacher, the minimum requirement is a Bachelor’s Degree such as a Bachelor of Education, which takes four years to complete.  You will not only train to become a Teacher but also undertake work placement opportunities. 

Once you have completed your degree will you need to apply for a teaching registration to become a fully qualified Teacher.

To apply for a Special Education Teaching role you may need to demonstrate further training and development in that field or relevant on-the-job experience.

Teachers must maintain their professional development through attendance at in-services and courses, while maintaining other licenses and accreditations.  Teachers are also required to obtain a current Working with Children Check.  


  • Acumen
  • Ambitious
  • Approachable
  • Autonomous
  • Calm
  • Charismatic
  • Cheerful
  • Clever
  • Communicator
  • Confident
  • Courteous
  • Creative
  • Determined
  • Devoted
  • Diligent
  • Discerning
  • Educated
  • Energetic
  • Enthusiastic
  • Focused
  • Imaginative
  • Integrity
  • Interpersonal
  • Organised
  • Patient
  • Perceptive
  • Positive
  • Present
  • Procedural
  • Punctual
  • Reliable
  • Welcoming

Key Skills

  • Working with Children
  • Assessments
  • First Aid Certificate
  • Collaboration
  • Written Communicator

Future Prospects

There are many different pathways in teaching, dependent on which field of teaching you choose. Some of these include;