HISD raises salaries for Special Education teachers across the District

As part of its reimagined employee compensation plan, Houston Independent School District (HISD) is raising salaries for Special Education teachers across the board. In the upcoming 2024-2025 school year, the minimum salary for a Special Education teacher will be $80,000. At New Education System (NES) campuses, that number will be $86,000.

Previously, HISD Special Education teacher salaries fell on the standard pay scale for K-12 teachers plus a $1,000 stipend.

“HISD is steadfastly committed to ensuring our students with special needs are identified, supported, and positioned to achieve at high levels,” said Billy Solomon, Executive Director of Talent Acquisition. “That is our responsibility. Meeting that responsibility starts with attracting and retaining highly qualified educators—and paying them like the valued professionals they are.”

Special Education teacher requirements include:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher from an accredited college or university
  • TExES Special Education EC-12 certification
  • Core Content or Generalist certification

“Districts across the country are facing a shortage of Special Education teachers,” Solomon said. “In HISD, we are working to address this challenge by giving our Special Education teachers some of the most competitive compensation in the region, along with the other supports they need to help their students. We are grateful to our teachers—and to our families for entrusting us with their children.”

In March, HISD released its Compensation Plan for next school year. The document outlines how the District is allocating its resources to its highest priorities.

To explore career opportunities with HISD, or to apply online, visit HoustonISD.org/Careers.

To learn more about Special Education services in HISD, visit Houstonisd.org/SpecialEducation.