Special Education Teachers, Kindergarten and Elementary School (25-2052)

Occupation description:  Teach elementary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired. Substitute teachers are included in Teachers and Instructors, All Other (25-3099).

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Employment and Job Openings   (click here for the 10-year forecast)

  Employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 334351 5.12 78
United States 198,100210,600 6.31,250 3,7304,980

Job outlook

  • Alaska: Alaska’s employment growth is low with moderate employment opportunities. Read more.


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 61,96038,25046,630 58,60074,78093,580
Alaska 78,46054,89063,320 76,95094,360107,390
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 84,09060,56070,380 82,88098,600111,030
Balance of State 70,06053,27058,440 67,79080,53096,270

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
38833 8.551.8 35.7
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation54
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation13
UI claimants previously working in occupation3
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 89
Number of job position postings 38
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.3

Alaska Licensing Information

Typical Entry-level Education, Experience, and/or On-the-job Training

Education: Bachelor’s degree Work experience: None On-the-job training: None

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Special Education GCRT
Special Education MED
Speech Language Pathology PBCT
Teach Cred - Sec Ed LIC
Teach Cred-Sec Ed GCRT
Teach Cred-Sec Ed LIC
Teach Cred-Spe Ed GCRT
Teach Cred-Spe Ed NDS

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage, Prince William Sound   (Valdez)
Direct Services Specialist OEC

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Special Education MED
Special Education K-12 Post Baccalaureate Licensure Program GLI

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Education Certification - Special Education GLI
Education Certification - Special Education M.ED
Education Certification - Special Education MAT
Special Education BA
Special Education GCRT
Special Education MAT

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Teachers (July 2010)

Teachers (February 2003)