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Special Education Teachers

Descriptions & Duties

  • Special Education Teachers teach students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities, or those with learning difficulties or other special needs. They are responsible for preparing students transition to mainstream classes and for life after graduation and meeting with parents and guardians to provide guidance in using community resources and dealing with students' impairments at home.

Generic Competencies

Physical Abilities

Physical abilities

  • Physical strength
  • Eye hand coordination / precision / dexterity


Importance:1 (Max:5) 

Skill is rarely required


Technology Skills

Technology skills

  • Computer literacy
  • Application of technology


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Cognitive Abilities

Cognitive abilities

  • Creativity
  • Visualisation
  • Logical thinking


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Comprehension And Expression

Comprehension and expression skills

  • Reading comprehension
  • Oral / written expression


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Social Skills

Social skills

  • Communication
  • Negotiation
  • Persuasion


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Organisation And Execution Skills

Organisation and execution skills

  • Planning
  • Organising
  • Judgement
  • Decision making


Importance:4 (Max:5) 

Skill is frequently required


Problem Solving Skills

Problem solving skills

  • Ability to solve simple and complex problems effectively and efficiently


Importance:5 (Max:5) 

Skill is required all the time


Management Skills

Management skills

  • Leadership
  • Management of finance / time / people / other resources


Importance:3 (Max:5) 

Skill is basically required


Trade Specific Competencies

Professional education knowledge and teaching skills

Special Education Teachers must be able to apply the special education theory and teaching skills to assist students with special needs to overcome learning difficulties..

General Requirements

Academic qualification

  • usually have a Certificate or Diploma in special education

Professional qualification

  • holders of a bachelor's degree of Education (Special Needs) programme, or a bachelor's degree of Arts in Special Education is preferable

Other specific requirements

  • must be registered under the Education Ordinance as either a registered teacher or a permitted teacher; Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher.

Career Path & Salary

Private Sector

Monthly Salary $20,000-$40,000

Monthly Salary $30,000-$70,000

Monthly Salary $40,000-$80,000

Government Sector

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 14-24

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 25-29

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 30-33

Monthly Salary Master Pay Scale Point 34-36

*For more details on Civil Service Pay Scales, please visit website of the Civil Service Bureau.

Related Education & Training

Work Environment

  • Special Education Teachers generally work during school hours. They usually work in special schools. They may work in Schools for Social Development/ Residential Homes.


  • Assistive amplification systems
  • Braille devices for the physically challenged - Braille slates; Braille styluses
  • Compasses
  • Document camera
  • Emergency first aid kits
  • Liquid crystal display projector
  • Page turners
  • Touch screen monitors
  • Video magnifiers
  • Portable communication devices
  • Writing aids and Word prediction software

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