In addition to the OSDE Boot Camp, universities are also providing Boot Camps. She has worked on research and policy issues related to teacher quality and school improvement—first as a journalist and now as a researcher—for more than 20 years. Special education teachers can pursue a master’s degree in special education with an emphasis on teaching children with autism, hearing problems, speech problems, behavioral disorders, traumatic injuries, emotional disturbances or blindness. In every state the demand for highly qualified special education teachers exceed the available supply. When this happens, Rick and the teacher assistants patiently encourage the students to complete their work by reminding them of the rewards they receive for finishing.
The attrition, or burn-out,” rate for special education teachers is extremely high compared to most other professions. Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. However, the influx of special education teachers reduced the overall job growth, which is a mere 6 percent, or about half that of all other occupations. Special education teachers may teach students in small groups or on a one-on-one basis. Qualified teachers who want to specialize in Special Education should apply for the Master of Education (Special Education). Certification in special education prepares future teachers to individualize lesson plans and instruction to meet the needs of those with varying disabilities. Some states call this an additional endorsement” if an individual is already certified to teach special education for grades K-12.
The large amounts of paperwork and other responsibilities can make these teaching jobs stressful. Special schools may be specifically designed, staffed and resourced to provide appropriate special education for children with additional needs. Like other teaching roles, salaries are based mostly on experience and education. Certified special education teachers have many employment avenues open to them, including consultation, policy development, advocacy and administration.
Special educators have access to an abundance of resources as they strive to maximize student learning potential. Special education teachers work with youth with cognitive, emotional and physical disabilities ranging from mild to severe. It is also up to the special education teacher to assure the regular ed. teachers the appropriateness of placing the student into the activity. Mediation: Special education teachers tend to work with students with very different skill sets and abilities. Students with learning disabilities, emotional problems, and higher functioning disabilities may need to work with a special education teacher that specializes in teaching students with mild/moderate disabilities or severe disabilities. The Master of Teaching is a pre-service teaching degree and admission normally will not be granted to applicants who already hold a teaching qualification. Among the dozen or more programs are three that apply specifically to special education majors.
But creating partnerships, promoting collaboration, and strengthening school leader’s skills will help all teachers and improve education for all students. Below, we interview Dr. Paula Leitz, President of the International Association of Special Education, and Dr. James Payne, professor of special education at the University of Mississippi, about careers in the special education field. Those interested in a leadership role where they can work directly with government agencies, education officials and leaders, and nonprofit organizations may want to complete an EdD. They may work as a support teacher in a general education classroom, in a self-contained special education classroom or in a resource room.