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Special Education is one of the fastest growing education career fields nationwide, according to government statistics, and the online master’s in special education from Saint Joseph’s University will prepare you for maximum success in this high-demand career marketplace.

Pennsylvania is considered a national leader in special education, and Saint Joseph’s is excited to be part of a growing community of caring and dedicated special education experts. The students within the graduate special education program learn from faculty members who possess an impressive and diverse library of experience and training in this rewarding field.

Special Education Job Titles

  • Special Education Teacher
  • Adaptive Special Education Instructor
  • Early Intervention Specialist
  • Educational Diagnostician
  • Special Education Administrator

Special Education Jobs and Salaries

  • Special Education Teacher: $56,8001
  • Early Intervention Specialist: $48,9072
  • Educational Diagnostician: $57,4623

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports Special Education job growth will reach 6 percent overall by 2018.1 When broken down by grade level, career prospects in Special Education are even stronger for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school teachers. The number of available Special Education jobs in middle schools will grow by 12 percent, according to the Bureau, while high school job growth is expected to grow by 6 percent.

The U.S. Labor Statistics Bureau reports many school districts are having trouble finding an adequate number of licensed Special Education teachers. Because the online master’s in special education from Saint Joseph’s University rewards graduates with both an advanced master’s degree and a Special Education certification for teachers in Pennsylvania, with reciprocity in most states, this degree program can prepare you to immediately fill this pressing need and take your own career to a higher and more rewarding level.

Career Outlook for Teachers of Students with Autism

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of children with autism in the United States continues to rise. The latest data estimates that 1 in 68 American children have some form of autism spectrum disorder, a 78 percent increase compared to a decade ago.4 As a result, employment of preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school special education teachers is increasing.

Careers in this area of education range working one-on-one with autistic students as a specialist to serving as a special education teacher to a classroom of children with a range of abilities. You may also choose to serve as a rehabilitation counselor, helping children and adults on the autism spectrum finish their education, land a job, or attain or regain their independence; or as an educational diagnostician, assessing individual students’ disabilities, and recommending the appropriate learning materials and instructional techniques.

Career Outlook for Teachers with Wilson Reading System® Certification

By one estimate, about 10 million children have trouble learning to read.5 As reading forms the foundation of learning, it’s important for issues related to literacy to be identified and addressed as early as possible. General education teachers with the Wilson Reading System® certification will have the expertise to recognize the signs of reading difficulties and intervene quickly.

Teachers may also move into literacy-specific roles, working with children in groups or one-on-one as reading specialists. They may also design and coordinate reading programs within a school or a district to ensure cohesion and efficacy across grade levels. Reading specialists may also work as itinerant educators within a school district or as private tutors.

To learn more about the online Master of Science in Education - Special Education from Saint Joseph’s University and what it can do for your career, call (215) 473-2695 to speak with a Program Manager right away or request more information below.

1U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2014-15 Edition
4Autism Spectrum Disorders’ Endorsement granted by the Pennsylvania Department of Education

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