Preschool Special Education Teacher  What They Do

Just the Facts


Teaches preschool 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.

This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.


A person in this career:

  • Arranges indoor or outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, or safety.
  • Attends to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, or changing their diapers.
  • Communicates nonverbally with children to provide them with comfort, encouragement, or positive reinforcement.
  • Confers with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
  • Develops individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
  • Develops or implements strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
  • Employs special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
  • Encourage students to explore learning opportunities or persevere with challenging tasks to prepare them for later grades.
  • Establishes and communicates clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects to students, parents, or guardians.
  • Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.

Working Conditions and Physical Demands

People who do this job report that:

  • You would often handle loads up to 10 lbs., sometimes up to 20 lbs. You might do a lot of walking or standing, or you might sit but use your arms and legs to control machines, equipment or tools.

Work Hours and Travel

  • Irregular hours

Specialty and Similar Careers

Careers that are more detailed or close to this career:

  • Early Childhood Special Education Teacher (EC Special Education Teacher) --
  • Early Interventionist --
  • Exceptional Student Education Teacher (ESE Teacher) --
  • Intervention Specialist --
  • Resource Teacher --
  • Special Education Resource Teacher --
  • Special Education Teacher --
  • Teacher --
  • Teacher of the Handicapped --