Right now you have the opportunity to make an impact on the lives of children with special needs. Of interest to special education majors are the John D. Collier Endowed Scholarship and the Jacob M. and Annie D. Cunningham Education Fund which provide financial assistance to students majoring in special education with an emphasis on cognitive and emotional learning difficulties.
I don’t know about other communities but at least in my area there is always a great deal of respect and admiration for those going into Special Education teaching and just teachers in general (or at least for the ones who care and do their jobs), and I wish others would receive the same support.
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.
One resource available to help bring about this transformation is the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform Center, or CEEDAR Funded by the Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Programs and led by the University of Florida, CEEDAR works with state departments of education, teacher preparation programs, and local districts to create policy infrastructure and reform preparation programs that advance education for students with disabilities.
With these challenges in mind, you should take your on-campus resources seriously before graduation: be sure to schedule appointments with career counselors to learn about local job boards, review your resume, practice interview questions, and polish your social media presence.