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Teacher for special needs education (m/f)
German: Heilpädagoge/Heilpädagogin

Fields of work

Teachers for special needs education work in institutions such as residential and care homes and at daycare centres for people with disabilities. They also find employment with institutions forming part of children’s social services (advisory bodies, partly residential and residential units). Relevant places of work further include clinics and treatment centres, group practices, nursery schools and daycare centres. Teachers for special needs education are also employed by church welfare associations. Other fields of activity are offered by integrative institutions in which people with and without special needs spend their daily lives together. Within this context, teachers for special needs education work for employers such as visiting services, assisted living facilities or specialist bodies providing integrative services.


Professional experience

Teachers for special needs education educate, encourage and support people of all ages who live in impaired circumstances and with disabilities. These include children, young people and young adults with mental, sensory and multiple disabilities or chronic diseases and children and young people exhibiting emotional and behavioural difficulties. They deploy appropriate educational and treatment measures to support existing abilities and to prevent disability and social exclusion.



The occupational profiles are based on information from BERUFENET and BIBB.