Being a special education teacher is an opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of children and youth with special needs. It was over $2000 less per month than what I made in my previous job and frankly not enough to pay all my bills, including my student loan. Special education teachers can explore a wealth of teaching careers and related occupations in the field of special needs education.
According to the published BLS data from 2013, the national average salary for Special Education Teachers (Kindergarten and Elementary School) is $56,690, with an estimated 198,350 being employed nationwide. Generally speaking your child’s Individual Education Plan is the map which documents exactly what services your child will receive, when he or she will receive them and from whom.
Only special education programs accredited by the National council for accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) in conjunction with the Council for Exceptional Children have met national professional standards. Some children are detected to need special education after a brief academic period in which they were observed as having learning difficulties.
Prospective special education teachers are also required to take and pass all special education content area assessments in order to obtain certification at the special education level. Promotion to positions such as special duties teachers and assistant principals can be achieved at an early stage, although a current suspension on promotion opportunities is in effect.
In that situation you’ll be thrown into the classroom of a professional who has been teaching successfully for years and often isn’t thrilled at the notion of now having an additional teacher sharing” the role with them. Often parents feel that their child/ren’s progress is hindered when the general classroom teacher has to spend a lot of time helping students who are less able.