Special Education Teachers, Middle School (25-2053)

Occupation description:  Teach middle 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
  2016 estimate2026 projectionPercent change Labor force exitsOccupation transfersTotal
Alaska 8990 1.13 36
United States 89,30095,700 7.13,100 3,4007,130

Job outlook

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


2017 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 63,25039,99047,750 59,51075,95095,680
Alaska 75,95054,06059,960 72,30088,000110,910
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 85,04058,46067,810 80,470104,230123,020
Balance of State 67,32052,70056,990 65,19077,00087,540

Labor Force Indicators

2016 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
12312 9.850.4 33.6
2016 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation15
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation4
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2016 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 27
Number of job position postings 29
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 0.9

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)