Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award

The National Association of Special Education Teachers is proud of the exceptional dedication displayed by the award recipients of the NASET   Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award.

This award is bestowed upon teachers through nominations by their respective school or district administrators, colleagues and parents.

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Nominations for 2024 Awards are now Closed. Nominations for 2025 will be open before January 15th, 2025. Check back here again at that time.

Description of Award

This award is bestowed on special education teachers who have demonstrated outstanding achievement as a teacher in the field of special education. It recognizes and rewards the special skills and excellence of special education teachers throughout the United States.

This award bears the recipient's name, the name of the award, and the date awarded.


A candidate for the NASET Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award will meet the following criteria:

  • Be nominated by anyone involved in the field of special education (e.g. colleague, administrator, parent of a child with a disability, etc.)
  • Be a full-time, certified or licensed, special education teacher
  • Be a highly dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teacher
  • Be in at least the third year of teaching

Selection Criteria

Nominators are encouraged to consider addressing any or all of the activities listed below, in order to demonstrate the candidate's unique qualifications for the NASET Outstanding Special Education Teacher Award

Candidates will be judged based upon the following criteria:


  • Curriculum Development
  • Engagements with Students in Educational Activities (outside of classroom)
  • Other Demonstrations of Quality Teaching
  • Relationships with Students, Parents, Colleagues, Administrators, etc.
  • Teaching Honors, Awards, or Recognition
  • Teaching Innovations

Service (outside of classroom)

  • Community Service
  • Other Areas of Service
  • Service Honors, Awards, or Recognition
  • Service to Professional Organizations
  • Service within School District

Professional Activities

  • Awards and/or Certifications
  • Membership/Participation in Professional Organizations
  • Other Contributions to the Profession
  • Professional Development and/or Continued Education Publication
  • Research

2024 Award Nominations Closed

Look for 2025 Nominations in January 2025