Cover letter for a special education teacher (5 samples)

This blog post will show samples of “cover letters for a special education teacher.”

Examples of special education teacher cover letters

To get a special education teacher position, you need a well-written cover letter that showcases your passion for and dedication to the industry. When writing a special education teacher cover letter, these are some of the essential things to include in your letter:

  • Address the employer with a formal salutation. For example, “Dear/Hello (name of the recipient or hiring manager).”
  • The next step is to state the position you are applying for and how you found the opening. 
  • Write a short sentence about why you’re interested in the position.
  • State your skills and work experience; ensure they are similar to the job position. When stating your skills, provide the accomplishment you have achieved. 
  • Conclude your letter with a forward-looking statement. For example, “I look forward to discussing the position further.”

Sample 1: “Special education teacher cover letters”

“[Your Name]

Dear Hiring Manager,

It’s my pleasure to be applying for the open Special Education Teacher position with Seaside Secondary. With over 5 years of Special Ed teaching experience and a passion for developing integrated learning programs, I am confident I’d be an asset to your department.

In my previous role I spent 2 years working as a Special Education Teacher in a local high school. I was responsible for developing tailored learning programs for 15 students which addressed their needs and goals. I worked with both parents and other teaching staff to ensure that each student had the opportunity to participate in regular classes and received an adequate amount of personal support. I was fortunate to have the support of a teacher’s aide who helped me ensure that each student had access to additional help when it was needed.

In addition to working with students, I led workshops for teachers to help them understand how to facilitate the integration of my Special Ed students into their classes.

I’m an outside-the-box thinker, highly organized and a team player. I have honed exceptional communication skills in order to be able to communicate with parents, other educators and, of course, my students. I would love to bring this skill set to work at Seaside Secondary!

Thank you so much for taking the time to review my application. I look forward to speaking to you soon to learn more about your goals for the Special Education department.


[Your Name]

[Phone Number]


Sample 2: “Special education teacher cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Wilson,

I am a top educator who has devoted her life to helping children discover their potential. My passion for teaching children with special needs makes me the perfect candidate for the open special education teacher position. I would like to be considered for this position for next fall.

I bring many years of experience to the classroom as a special educator. I have three years of experience in the elementary setting, like the job posting requires. In my years at the elementary school, I worked with students from kindergarten to fifth grade.

In addition to having worked with children at the elementary school level, I also feel confident in my abilities to process IEP documents. I am a strong case manager and advocate for all of my students, and I strive to work with parents to help students make progress. I am a team player with the general faculty and other support staff when it comes to educating the child wholly.

I would be pleased to join your team of outstanding teachers, and I think my skills and experiences would make a good fit. I am grateful for your consideration of me for this position, and I welcome the opportunity to meet you in an interview in the future.”

Sample 3: “Special education teacher cover letters”

“Dear Mr. Jim Ellis:

This letter expresses my sincere intent to be the next Special Education program manager for Sweetwater Union High School District. I am confident that my professional qualifications meet and exceed those demanded of this position. More importantly, I am a patient and a flexible team player, yet firm in my communications and decisions. These qualifications make me ideally suited to work in this multi-faceted environment.

After my first year of teaching, it was very clear that I had a special bond with kids that have emotional and behavioral issues. Teaching them comes naturally to me and gives me a deep sense of personal satisfaction. As a disciplinarian, coach and tutor, I open up in this setting. Undeniably, watching students make improvements and sharing positive praise with parents are my most rewarding moments of teaching.

My experience as a Special Education Teacher is what will ensure my success as program manager. I have worked with a diverse range of emotional, physical and cultural backgrounds and often consider myself a de facto site psychologist. More importantly, because of my history in the classroom, I connect well with parents. I am able to relate to all circumstances because I am rarely shocked. Rather than become emotional, I take a proactive problem solving approach. Through this strong relationship with parents, I recognize quickly the accuracy and efficacy of assessments.

The recent completion of my administrative credentialing also makes me an ideal candidate for this job. I am readily aware of the procedures and guidelines set forth by IDEA, as well as other codes and regulations, and relevant testing and assessment models shaping the way we educate today. My belief is that when we, as educators and administrators, are competent and confident, everyone walks away happy.

In addition to teaching, I provide behavioral consultant services to other district schools, assess instructional programs, conduct trainings and work collaboratively with teachers, parents, aides and support staff. In this capacity, I have gained a broader understanding for how public and non-public districts interact to best serve the needs of students. Working between districts has also granted me a big-picture perspective that I believe will help manage Sweetwater Union High School Districts budget. I intend to bring superb mediation and communication skills to the table that will ultimately save money and protect the rights of all parties.

I am a true lifelong learner. I love to teach and learn, especially from kids. As such, I was especially excited to be recently nominated and awarded an ABA Certification scholarship and intend to start courses as soon as possible. This designation will further enhance my ability to be a bridge between special education students and the successful academic careers they deserve.

While I recognize that I do thrive in the classroom, I am ready to move forward into a management position where I can serve many more young people with special needs, ensuring they receive the best services available to them. I have dedicated my career to the Sweetwater district and I intend to continue to bring a higher level of competency to the special education program. I can and will get the job done.

Very Sincerely,

Catherine Mann”

Sample 4: “Special education teacher cover letters”

“Shayna Booker

City, State, Zip Code

Home : 000-000-0000 Cell: 000-000-0000

Dear Mr. Sands,

I am writing to apply for the Special Ed teacher position with the Sunny Valley School District. I hold a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education and I have five years of experience in working with special needs and academically at-risk students.

In my current role as a substitute teacher for the Parkvale School District I teach lessons plans provide classroom management and keep records for various classes on a regular basis. I have superior decision making and problem solving skills as these are required when stepping into a new classroom setting each day. My energetic and outgoing personality allow me to make connections with the students and to gain trust. I am able to present lessons in a concise accessible format in ways that appeal to the various learning styles of my students. Past students have complimented me on the fact that I make learning fun and easy to understand.

I would love the chance to bring this level of professionalism to the classroom as a Special Ed Teacher for your school.I am confident that I have the teaching skills personality communication skills and energy it takes to be a fantastic Special Ed Teacher. I look forward to having a chance to meet with you to discuss my qualifications and share my portfolio. Thank you for your consideration.


Shayna Booker”

Sample 5 “Special education teacher cover letters”

“Ivy Haddington

(123) 456-7891

May 1, 2018

Dear School Board,

I’m excited to apply for the position of Special Education Teacher at Cloud Clearwater. Your school notably has one of the best special education departments in the city, and I would love to be a part of it. I would love to learn more from the other teachers and bring my own ideas to the department to help make it even better.

I have been a Special Education Teacher at Crane & Jenkins for three years. During this time, I became skilled at working with parents and in the development of IEPs. I had about 20 students each day and saw much improvement in their skills throughout each year. I had two aides who worked with me. I was able to train them in such a way that they needed very little supervision. This allowed me more time to attend to paperwork and the development of curriculum.

Integration into regular classes was an important aspect of the program at Crane & Jenkins. During the course of my three years as the Special Education Teacher there, I was able to accomplish an integration of 25% in some children and up to 100% in others depending on the disabilities and needs of the child involved.

Thank you for the time and consideration you have put into my application. I feel that special education is a very important part of our schools. I would like very much to be a part of the special education department at Cloud Clearwater. I look forward to hearing from you and learning more about this position.


Ivy Haddington”

Frequently Asked Questions: Examples of special education teacher cover letters

What qualities make you a great special education aide?

Qualities of a special education aide: patience, compassion, consistency, acceptance, and a passion to see their children do well.

Why are you a good fit for this company and the job?

Write about how your past work, life experiences, and skills meet the important requirements of the job

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