As special education teachers one of our main responsibilities is to develop Individual Education Programs (IEP’s) along with a team of individuals including the child’s parents or caregivers. This year my son has a wonderful special education teacher in his class who challenges him and assigns him homework. All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Unlike secondary school teachers, most special education teachers are expected to instruct on a wide variety of subjects, along with teaching age-appropriate life skills.
Bashing teachers and their jobs has become the new form of media entertainment. One week, my assistant principal wanted me to focus on arranging the students’ desks to fit with class activities, so I moved the desks around every day, just to show that I was a good soldier.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) predicted 6% job growth for special education teachers in general from 2014-2024, which is about average. A special education program can even help you learn special skills including understanding diversity, teaching reading literacy, counseling and special education.
I am a parent of a child with special needs and also a special education teacher. In some cases, special education teachers may participate in both types of environments within the same school day—co-teaching in one classroom in an inclusion model and pulling students out of another classroom later in the day in a resource model.
As the recognized leader for special education professional standards, CEC develops standards, ethics and practices and guidelines to ensure that individuals with exceptionalities have access to well-prepared, career-oriented special educators. Some special education teachers work directly with students in a one-on-one setting to provide tutoring assistance and support.