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What Is The Nature Of Special Education Teaching?

July 20,2010 by: Maxim Thomas

Taking up a career as a teacher is no joke, and much is expected of you. Much is expected of the Special Education teacher especially. At present, more students with disabilities have increased, and so has the need for Special Education teachers. Unfortunately, the number of such teachers with adequate skill and qualifications has decreased, and so the individual aspiring to have a career in Special Education will find that the market is very open.

To qualify for a position as a Special Ed teacher, more than a degree (Bachelor’s, or in some states, a Master’s degree) in Special Ed, the individual would need a license in all 50 states, as well as a mandatory training program. However, because of the reported lack of such teachers, most states allow teachers to take alternative licensure programs. 

The Special Ed teacher will be working with students with disabilities such as blindness, brain injury, autism, mental retardation, minimal brain damage, child schizophrenia, emotional disturbance, speech impairment and deafness. Depending on the school of the teacher’s choice, the age range will vary from pre-school to middle school and junior high.

The Special Ed teacher is expected to develop learning programs customized for a certain group of children, or in some cases, for an individual child. These learning programs must be based on the learning ability and pace of the child or children. More than that, the teacher is also responsible for utilizing all tested techniques possible for maximum learning. Although there are many resources for such techniques, it is the teacher’s responsibility to discover and / or develop new and alternative techniques and methods corresponding to the child’s or children’s learning capacity and ability.

The onset of technology has somewhat added a twist to the Special Ed teacher’s teaching methods and of developing curricula, because of the reliance of most teachers, doctors, and social workers in the use of technology to diagnose the students’ disabilities.

Moreover, the teacher also helps improve the students’ behavioral skills. The teacher shows and trains the students with certain responsibilities necessary for him to function adequately in the society, responsibilities such as drafting a resume, writing out a grocery list, or even completing household chores.

Because of the nature of his job, the Special Ed teacher collaborates not only with the school administrator, but works closely with the school psychologist, social and health workers, the general education teachers and especially with the children’s parents.


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