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Special Education Administrator

Overview: Special education administrators develop education programs and policies for schools and state institutions teaching mentally and physically disabled children. They supervise placement of students, train and evaluate teachers. They administer budgets and federal grant monies.
Duties: They formulate special education programs including curriculum design, teacher training and policies regarding admission of students to schools that teach disabled children.

They specify curriculum goals, course content, teaching methods and tests to be used to assess achievement level of the students. Determine how students are screened and placed in courses.

They design methods to train teachers for the disabled and techniques to evaluate their proficiency. Set policies and criteria for certification of teachers.

Confer with government agencies and recommends legislation that can enhance the training resources and rehabilitation needs for disabled children. They give lectures to public gatherings.

Degree(s): A.A.S. Management: Marketing Concentration 
A.A.S. Management: Real Estate-Insurance Concentration 
A.S. Business Administration (Accounting and Marketing) 
Job Outlook: Employment of special education administrators is expected to grow faster than average through 2018 due to high demand for special education. Positions in inner cities and rural areas are the most plentiful. Bilingual workers with multicultural experience will be in high demand.
Salary Range (National Average): $28,000 to $37,000
Education Level: Candidates for this occupation generally have completed their Bachelor’s Degree and have continued their education either 1 or 2 years longer.
Additional Training/Education: Educational administrator is not usually an entry level job. Most special education administrators start in a teaching position with a bachelor's or a master's degree in special education. Generally, an administrative position will require a master's in special education and administration. Courses in curriculum development, instructional methods, and the administration of special education are essential.
Recommended Skills:
  • Actively looking for ways to help people.
  • Paying attention to what other people are saying, and taking time to understand the points being made.
  • Determining how much money is required to get a job done, allocating those monies, and then accounting for all expenditures.
  • Assigning duties to others, motivating them, and evaluating their performance.
  • The ability to understand complex written paragraphs, instructions, or reports.
  • Being aware of the reactions of others, and understanding why they react the way they do.
  • Talking, giving speeches, or speaking in a group to convey information, explain ideas, or give instructions.
  • Teaching others how to do something.
  • Composing and communicating your ideas in written form.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something to contribute to the betterment of the world. Doing something for the greater good.
  • Being involved in helping other people in a direct way either individually or in a small group.
  • Being able to decide on how to get something done without significant direction from someone else.
  • Having a level of income that will afford you with luxuries, and which will allow you to become financially independent.
  • Persuading and influencing others to change their attitudes, behavior, and/or opinions.
  • Gaining the respect of others by the nature and/or level of responsibility of your work.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services Advisor to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.