What can I do with my SPECIAL EDUCATION degree?

Employers of Special Education Majors

  • Boards of Education

  • Program Director for Exceptional Children

  • Private Learning Centers

  • Mental Health Facilities

  • State or Private Schools for Disabilities

  • Correctional Facilities

  • Residential Therapeutic Camps

  • Sheltered Workshops

  • Schools

Related Occupations for Special Education Majors

Some of these occupations may require additional education at Graduate or Professional schools. For information on qualifications and career specifics consult the Occupational Outlook Handbook or other career resources. Also, take advantage of career counseling offered by the Center for Student Excellence.

Adapted Physical Education Teacher


Employee Development Specialist

Research Assistant

Autism Center Manager/Teacher

Teacher - Adult Education

Special Education Teacher - Schools

Creative Arts Therapist

Camp Director

Day Care Center Owner/Operator


Educational Advocate

Recreational Therapist

Peace Corps/VISTA volunteer

Speech Pathologist

Orientation & Mobility Specialist

Rehabilitation Counselor

Teacher of the Hearing Impaired

Student Teacher Advisor




Preparing for a Job in Special Education

  1. Locate part-time employment working with people who have disabilities.

  2. Visit schools or other programs.

  3. Volunteer in schools or organized youth activities such as church groups, athletics, camps, etc.

  4. Tutor.

  5. Develop an appreciation of individual differences and the dignity of each human being.

Links for Special Education Majors

Contact Information

Department of Teaching and Learning
Cate Teacher Education Center Room 228