A career in special education offers an opportunity to work in partnership with young children, students, parents, caregivers, family and whānau, and professional colleagues. Create a transition plan from year to year, and from high school to post-secondary education or job training. The Special Education Teacher is responsible for planning, structuring, implementing and evaluating the behavioral and educational components of their classroom.
Being a teacher is one of the most difficult jobs in the US. Add Special Needs students on top of that and no wonder there is a shortage. In a time where ALL teachers are working to validate their jobs – special educators are on overdrive. As a former elementary general ed teacher who has taught special ed, moderate to severe students with autism, I see how both populations have their challenges.
They assist with transition planning for students with disabilities, focusing on postsecondary education and job training for students with mild disabilities and job training and life skills for students with significant disabilities. Besides the actions of a handful of motivated parents, I’ve seen nothing from this city addressing the systemic issues with special education in it’s schools.
Special education teachers in public schools need at least a bachelor’s degree and a state certification or license. To further the educational necessity of special children, governments have outlined their own special education program. Some special education teachers work with students who have physical and sensory disabilities, such as blindness and deafness, and with students who are wheelchair-bound.
In what follows we will look at the needs and entitlements of children entering secondary school who have identified special education needs and those who are entering and later discovered to have a special education need. With more then one teacher you can break the students into smaller groups to help the children more efficiently!