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

  Average 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.


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 60,09037,15045,350 57,04072,40090,260
Alaska 76,93053,78062,180 75,37092,140104,800
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 81,76058,58068,420 80,62096,130108,100
Southeast Region 67,02036,14045,670 70,48084,75098,990
Balance of State 68,12051,91056,980 65,90078,33093,390

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
40936 8.852.9 38.6
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation53
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation17
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 70
Number of job position postings 23
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 3.0

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: Internship/Residency

Training Resources

 Degree
University of Alaska Anchorage   (Anchorage)
Early Childhood Special Educ Mas
Special Education Lic
Special Education Mas
Speech Langauge Pathology Lic

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

 Degree
University of Alaska Fairbanks   (Fairbanks)
Post-Bacc K-12 Spec Ed Lic Prg Lic
Special Education Mas

 Degree
University of Alaska Southeast, Juneau   (Juneau)
Ed Cert - Special Education Lic
Special Education Bac
Special Education Mas
Special Education Mas

Alaska Economic Trends articles

Alaska’s Teachers (July 2010)

Teachers (February 2003)