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Special education teachers need remarkable qualities to succeed. This infographic is focused on traits needed to be a successful special education teacher and celebrates those who thrive in this field.

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The Qualities of a Special Ed Teacher – What it Takes to be Great



Classrooms can be unpredictable. Teachers need to be flexible and maintain professional standards in any situation.


Cooperating with other teachers, administrators, parents and community agencies is essential when developing supportive learning environments.

Communication skills

Teachers advocate for their students’ needs and for resources to help students reach their potential.


People recognize when they are treated with love and respect. Teaching students who have  special needs to value themselves and learn more about their disabilities can help educators reach them on multiple levels.

Devotion to improvement

Teachers should never stop learning and working towards professional development so that they can be role models for their students and their community.

Assessment skills

Determining a student’s unique strengths and needs is an important part of being a special education teacher. Teachers need be skilled at assessment and recommending the best course of action for their students.

Knowledge of theory and practice

Educational programs based on strong understanding of human development, learning theory and professional knowledge are the foundation of learning for children with special needs.

Listening skills

Great teachers are confidantes, mentors and advocates for their students. When students know their point of view is valued, their confidence grows.


Creating a structured, well-maintained classroom helps students progress and feel safe. Organization is the foundation of an effective learning atmosphere.


Working closely with people of all ages and abilities requires patience and being a special education teacher is no exception.


Special education teachers must be willing to make mistakes and keep trying, so that they can pass on these skills to their students.


Maintaining high levels of integrity and competence in their work helps children, parents, schools and communities feel respected and valued.


Consistently building trust and respecting confidentiality will help special education teachers reach students and parents.