Careers in Special Education

Links to information on careers in special education.

People working in special education have challenging yet rewarding careers.

A career in special education offers an opportunity to work in partnership with young children, students, parents, caregivers, family and whānau, and professional colleagues. This work can be in many different environments, including schools, homes, early childhood education services, and residential schools.

Early intervention staff work with children and their families before they start school. Most school students with special education needs are taught in regular classroom environments. Special education professionals and paraprofessionals work closely with classroom teachers to meet the needs of the students.

The following links give more information for people interested in working in special education:

  • Job vacancies at the Ministry of Education. The Ministry of Education employs specialists, teachers and support staff from a range of professions to work in special education.
  • Job vacancies in the education sector are advertised in the Education Gazette (external link) .
  • Careers New Zealand is a government-funded website containing New Zealand job, industry and training information, and links to relevant websites. Their website includes job profiles for careers in education and health. (external link)
  • A wide range of specialists work in special education. Profiles on this website describe the work of some of these staff and the training and qualifications they bring to their role. You can also read profiles of Māori specialist staff working in special education, where they talk about their aspirations and how they reflect Māori world views in the way they work.
  • Information for overseas trained teachers considering coming to New Zealand to work is available on the TeachNZ website. (external link)


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