Special education teachers have a role ensuring all children and young people have equal access to education. Today was one of those days….from an email from a parent wondering if her child is challenged enough (varieties of students’ need), to general education teacher saying, I don’t have time to do this” (if only they spent a day in my shoes), to the second week of school and still trying to adjust my scheduling to accommodate other teachers’ schedules and add in a few more new students!
Special education teachers are in high-demand in NSW public schools, as identified in the Department of Education’s 2015 Teaching Workforce Supply and Demand (PDF 729 KB) Demand is particularly high in Albury, Armidale, Bankstown, Bathurst, Blacktown, Bourke, Broken Hill, Campbelltown, Deniliquin, Dubbo, Fairfield, Granville, Griffith, Liverpool, Maitland, Moree, Mount Druitt, Muswellbrook, Orange, Tamworth, Wagga Wagga, and Windsor.
Some states require fieldwork experience in order to gain a special education teaching licensure, however the period of time will vary depending on your state’s licensure requirements Most education degree programs will include fieldwork time in the classroom, where upcoming teachers get to practice working with students and school administration.
I have meet some who are very pushy (one got angry that I didn’t answer my cell phone right away because I was teaching a class even though I called her that same afternoon), and many who jump to conclusions (I took my son out of a program when he was 3 because the teacher told me he would never talk, read, or participate in regular activities with other children… she condemned a three year old and I took him out.
The NCSE is a statutory body established under the Education for Persons with Special Educational Needs Act 2004 Since our establishment, we have concentrated on developing an organisation which provides a timely and efficient service to schools in sanctioning teaching and Special Needs Assistant (SNA) resources to support children with special educational needs.