Kindergarten Special Education Teacher

Guide disabled kindergarten students through their learning challenges.

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Salary Range
$32,000 – $76,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Kindergarten Special Education Teachers do?

A child’s emotional or mental disability should never be a barrier to learning. Patient and creative individuals, Kindergarten Special Education Teachers teach students with special needs by structuring lesson plans around their learning styles.

As a Kindergarten Special Education Teacher, you have the same responsibilities as other school teachers: Choose, plan, and teach different lessons. Yet unlike other Teachers, a Kindergarten Special Education Teacher spends the majority of class time working one-on-one with each student and reworking lessons that prove too challenging.

Your students should learn basic math, reading, and science skills. You show them how to print their own names and recognize words in a book. Gaining these skills prepares them to move on to first grade.

Your individualized attention is invaluable in pinpointing how a student’s disability affects her so you can work around it. Students with reading difficulties may need lessons read aloud, while those struggling with problem solving may find that hands-on games serve as a better teaching tool than books.

School hours are spent teaching in the classroom, and after-school hours are spent reviewing lesson plans with the Principal or holding parent-Teacher conferences. Keeping the family up to date on a student’s progress and needs creates a support network to help the child thrive and learn both in school and at home.


Should I be a Kindergarten Special Education Teacher?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Trustworthy: You are known for your personal integrity and honesty.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.

  • Also known as: Family Intervention Specialist

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