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Professional development and career tracks for special education teachers

Learn more about the various professional development and career tracks available for special education teachers.


We are committed to supporting teachers in the special education (SPED) schools to grow in this profession. The SPED Teaching Profession: Journeys of Excellence Package seeks to empower you in your professional development and growth as well as provide opportunities for continuous learning and development.

The package provides:

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

The set of competencies include areas such as:

  • Professional mastery in curriculum, pedagogy and assessment.
  • Effective collaboration with peers and stakeholders.
  • Organisational excellence and functional competencies in supporting students of specific special educational needs.

See the full guide containing detailed information on the SPED Teacher Career Framework, Competency Framework and Training Roadmap.

Career tracks

There are 2 career tracks to cater to different talents, abilities and aspirations of SPED teachers so as to grow deep and broad professional expertise in the SPED sector:

  • The teaching track provides professional development and advancement opportunities for SPED teachers passionate about deepening specialisation in pedagogical content knowledge and curricular areas. As a teacher-leader, you will also champion reflective practices in your school and mentor classroom teachers.
  • The leadership track provides opportunities for SPED teachers who are keen to contribute to the effective management and leadership of the SPED schools. Your role includes leading in the planning, implementation, and evaluation of school-based curriculum/programmes.