Special Education Teacher Resume Sample

Analyze this special education teacher resume example and you will notice it highlights the teaching skills and expertise Aurora can bring to a school district to help special needs students.

The resume example includes her areas of proficiency, which are displayed front and center in an easy to read bulleted table. The areas of proficiency section includes strong special education specific keywords such as individualized education plans, multisensory lessons, and team teaching approach.

This resume example begins with a resume summary or professional profile that quickly shows the reader this teacher is well qualified and makes the resume stand out from the other candidates. Right underneath her name, she has listed a few of her soft skills: supportive, creative, compassionate, and accommodating. These are great soft skills to highlight as they are in demand and are needed in a special education teacher resume.

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Her professional summary section details her key skills and talents as a special education teacher, including her ability to accommodate a wide range of learners and teach to IEPs. Right off the bat, her professional summary shows her to be a talented educator who readers will want to learn more about.

Aurora's education and credentials are important to the job target of special needs instructor, especially since she holds a master's degree in special education; this is why this information deserves a first-page listing. You will notice many relevant keywords, such as student motivation, technology integration, IEPs, and multidisciplinary education plans placed throughout the document. The practice of scanning resumes makes incorporating related keywords critical to securing a teaching job interview.

Industry keywords and educational buzzwords are essential to securing a teaching position. Applicant tracking system ATS software is frequently used to screen special education resumes or CVs to see if job application candidates' applications should reach a human eye for further consideration. ATS software makes including education keywords in your special education resume or CV critical.

This example special needs instructor resume or CV focuses on the client's job accomplishments; thus, providing a concrete example of what she brings to the school community. We used a simple, yet unique border that captures the reader's attention and helps set Aurora apart from the competition. Notice the excellent use of white space in this special ed resume, making it easy on the reader.

Special Education Teacher Resume Sample - Page 1

This sample displays a simple, yet unique border that captures the reader's attention and helps set Aurora apart from the competition. This resume makes good use of white space so the client's information is easy to read and focus on.

The second page of this resume continues on with the professional experience section. You will notice that it has been properly headlined with her name at the top of the page along with the page number, followed by a heading detailing the continuation of the teaching experience section.

Hiring committees are looking for a reliable, knowledgeable person when hiring special education teachers. So, throughout the professional experience section, Aurora has highlighted her expertise and knowledge in special education. Her ability to aid students' behavioral, social and academic development, develop a rapport with students, write and implement IEPs, and integrate multisensory teaching methods are all highlighted in her experience section.

When listing your previous experience, be sure to list any specific disabilities or issues that you have worked with in the past. Frequently, schools will have a specific list of needs that they want to meet, and they will be looking for candidates with strong experience supporting students with those specific needs. They will likely want to select someone who has experience with those disabilities so that the teacher they hire is already mindful of appropriate accommodation strategies. Listing your experiences with specific needs and explaining how you were able to support students with those needs to ensure their success is an excellent way to help you stand out.

We have incorporated professional development initiatives to highlight how Aurora keeps her training and knowledge base up-to-date. It is important for special education teachers to remain up-to-date on current trends and teaching methods. This ensures they have the right tools needed to accommodate students. It is clear she is committed to her profession, as well as the students she teaches.

This education resume encourages the reader to take a second look at the document and offer the candidate a teaching job interview. If Aurora's credentials, expertise, and solid skill sets were not displayed in such a comprehensible and visually appealing manner, she may have been passed over for someone else.

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123 Buckworth Lane ~ Hollywood, CA 90066 ~ aurorapsmith8799@hotmail.com
Home: (341) 555-1492 ~ Cell: (341) 555-7009

~ Supportive ~ Creative ~ Compassionate ~ Accommodating ~
Versatile and dedicated child advocate with a solid focus on the individual needs of identified and Special Education students. Kindhearted and empathetic professional who is flexible and accommodating in the design and implementation of inspiring hands-on lessons, employing wide-ranging manipulatives and IEPs to enhance student achievement. Skilled in addressing student needs, ensuring children will thrive and develop in an adaptable educational atmosphere. Firm behavioral management techniques, possessing excellent interpersonal and communication skills to develop an excellent rapport with all members of the school community.

Areas of proficiency include:

  • Multidisciplinary Education Plans
  • Use of Manipulatives
  • Student Motivation
  • Student-centered Learning Environment
  • Team Teaching Approach
  • Individualized Education Plans
  • Technology Integration
  • Thematic Units
  • Learning Centers
  • Multi-sensory Lessons
  • Curriculum Development
  • Parent & Teacher Conferences



Master of Education (2015); Major: Special Education
University of Phoenix, Gardena, CA; GPA: 4.0

Bachelor of Arts (2010); Major: Behavioral Science
Loyola Marymount University, Westchester, CA

California Teaching Certification – Special Education Credential



Special Education Teacher
Develop and implement individualized education program for each special education student. Identify and implement goals tailored to the student's individual needs and abilities. Coordinate with parents, teachers, teacher assistants, and various service providers that include speech, occupational, and physical therapists for students having High Functioning Autism, Asperger's Syndrome, developmental delays, speech impairment, or learning disability in resource and general education classrooms.

  • Modeled, trained, and consulted teachers on modifications and accommodations to instruction and materials ensuring the diverse needs of every student are successfully realized.
  • Actively supported teaching professionals on effective work strategies with Special Needs students, maintaining a strong focus on learners with Asperger's syndrome and Autism. Facilitated presentations and recommended readings while providing interventions and methods on successful behaviour management.
  • Employed diverse techniques to promote active learning including individualized instruction, problem-solving assignments, and small-group work. Exercised flexibility within the classroom addressing students needs through special accommodations.
  • Actively involved in students' behavioural, social, and academic development, aiding students in developing emotionally, feeling comfortable in social situations, and awareness of socially acceptable behavior.

Instructor (ESL - Middle School Students)

Provided instruction to ESL students within this international educational consulting and publishing company dedicated to giving children and adults access to a world-class education by creating and providing innovative, high-quality programs and services.

  • Upheld a solid classroom management plan in which students were provided with clear and consistent direction and follow-through; fostered a work-oriented and stress-free learning environment.
  • Employed positive interaction with students to develop a rapport, gain respect, and trust to ensure a productive learning environment.
  • Stimulated discussion and focus of student's attention on lesson content through clear direction and examples, which kept students engaged in classroom activities and encouraged self-expression.
  • Immersed learners in American culture though field trips, exploratory essays, and oral presentations.



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