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Special Education Career Outlook

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024. Employment growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services.  

Career opportunities in special education and disability services are more prolific than ever. Public schools are experiencing critical shortages of special education teachers nationwide, school systems, regional agencies, and state divisions of education are always hiring administrators and supervisors to support special education programs, and colleges and universities conduct numerous faculty searches in special education every year.

As a graduate with certification in special education in one or more areas of specialization, you will be eligible for teaching positions throughout the state of West Virginia, in many other states, and in some international locations.

For information about certification requirements in various states, please locate contact information for the appropriate state agency at the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification website .

For information about license reciprocity between states, please review the interstate agreement and check state status at the NASDTEC Interstate Agreement Facilitating Mobility of Educational Personnel website.


As a graduate with a masters degree in special education, you will be eligible for other professional positions in disability services.

For information about available positions in adult disability services in various states, please locate contact information for the appropriate state agency at the National Association of Councils on Developmental Disabilities website.


As a graduate with a doctoral degree in special education, you will be eligible for faculty positions in special education and other leadership positions in centers on disabilities at public and private colleges and universities.

For information about available special education faculty positions in various states, please check these sources: