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

  Average employment Average annual openings
  2014 estimate2024 projectionPercent change GrowthReplacementTotal
Alaska 114120 5.31 23
United States 93,00098,500 5.9550 1,7502,300

Job outlook

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


2016 Wages

  Mean Wage Wage by Percentile
  Mean10th25th Median75th90th
United States 61,91039,19047,040 58,56074,22093,260
Alaska 78,28055,51065,090 75,29091,510110,950
Anchorage/Mat-Su Area 82,48056,29065,490 78,180101,360120,150
Balance of State 72,54056,74065,740 72,69079,63092,040

Labor Force Indicators

2015 Worker Characteristics
Total workersNonresident workers Percent nonresidentPercent age 45 plusPercent age 50 plus
11912 10.147.7 29.4
2015 Potential Supply
Qualified but working in another occupation32
Currently employed in a lower paid occupation7
UI claimants previously working in occupation1
2015 ALEXsys Employment Data
Number of registrants 28
Number of job position postings 14
Ratio of registrants to job position postings 2.0

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)