Now I am not saying this is the majority because it’s not, there are MANY teachers out there who get special education students and help them succeed but the minority that don’t can make a student’s and parent’s life miserable. Continuing education courses must be completed, usually on a yearly basis, to maintain certification. This programme is open to all serving teachers who are employed in a position funded by the Department of Education and Science and who provide learning support and resource teaching in recognised educational services. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.
You will be asked a number of questions during an interview for a special education teaching position. Furthermore, Special Education teachers also have to know what to do with the other side of the spectrum too with the gifted students. So I thought it would be better for you all to have some idea about the history of this field since then, seeing how it developed will help you to understand and be clear of your perspective on Special Education field. If you’re considering a career as a special education teacher, you may want to tap into valuable resources like the National Association of Special Education Teachers (NASET).
Visit their site to access useful publications such as their Classroom Management Series”, view video lectures and find information on special education and law. I took a couple picture of the classroom, BUT I can’t start setting it up, because I share it with another teacher. The bulk of teaching responsibility involves creating and implementing an Individualized Education Plan (IEP). The SPED teacher has the responsibility not only to teach the regular classroom stuff like reading, writing, math etc, but also Activities of Daily Living and peer socialization.
To help this happen schools create a Planning and Placement Team (PPT) that meet and discuss a student’s Individual Education Program (IEP) and then place the student in the appropriate educational setting based on the student’s needs and the law. 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. There are even special education teaching opportunities available in hospitals, mental health facilities and doctors’ offices.
Just considering the disabilities side alone, a Special Education teacher has to be able to accurately identify and treat needs that could be based on learning deficiencies or even different styles, as well as the mental, emotional, and even social deficiencies too. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.