Last Updated: 01 April 2021

Teaching in special education schools

Special education schools run programmes that are designed for students with moderate to severe special educational needs. If you have a passion to guide children and youth with special educational needs to achieve their potential, apply to be a teacher in these schools.

Overview

All government-funded special education schools provide intensive and specialised learning support for children with moderate to severe special educational needs. As a special education teacher, you will undergo training to deliver the customised curriculum and pedagogy required by these children.

Requirements

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A-Level or diploma

To be considered for the post of special education teacher, you should have one of the following:

  • GCE A-Level certificate.
  • Polytechnic diploma.
  • Full-time diploma from Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts (NAFA) or Lasalle College of the Arts.
  • International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma with a good overall score.
  • Any other equivalent or relevant qualifications.
International special education qualifications

To be considered for the post of special education teacher, you should have all of the following:

  • Bachelor's or Master's degree in special education.
  • Teaching practicum at a special education school as part of your studies.
  • Transcript showing special education teaching practicum and English Language competence, if your degree was not conducted in English.

Salary

You will receive a starting monthly salary of $2,620 to $3,120 while undergoing your untrained teaching stint in school and if enrolled, during Diploma in Special Education (DISE) training as well.

Your exact salary would depend on factors such as:

  • Your academic training.
  • Your relevant experience to teaching.
  • Time spent on your job.

You can check with the special education school that you are interested in on the types of benefits that you will be eligible for. View the list of government-funded special education schools and their programmes.

How to apply

To become a special education teacher, you'll need to apply directly to one of the government-funded special education schools. Applications are open year-round.

If you are an MOE teacher considering a secondment to a special education school, you can do so through the annual Open Posting Exercise. Special education schools will post vacancies on MOE's intranet.

Professional development opportunities

We are committed to supporting special education (SPED) teachers in their career aspirations and professional development through the building of knowledge and skills.

The SPED Teaching Profession: Journeys of Excellence Package provides:

  • Clarity on SPED teacher roles and expectations.
  • More distinct career progression pathways.
  • A set of competencies with training roadmap that will help you build your expertise in teaching and learning.

Learn how you can develop and grow in your career:

Becoming a teacher aide in special education schools

You will need to apply directly to one of the government-funded special education schools and will receive a starting monthly salary of about $1,720. For more information, you can contact the special education school directly.

Note: Information on salaries is accurate at the time of publication and may be subject to review and change.