Macquarie University

Teachers of special education often say there isn’t a more rewarding field, a profession that directly impacts the lives of so many by providing those with a disability a chance to learn, succeed, and adapt or modify their situations to live life as richly – and with as many opportunities – as all other people. They coordinate the work of teachers, teacher assistants , and related personnel, such as therapists and social workers, to meet the individualized needs of the student within inclusive special education programs. These programs often cover assistive technology, education policies, and local communities that special education teachers rely on during their careers. Demand for special education teachers with specialized skills and certifications will increase, especially for younger students who are diagnosed with special needs and disabilities at a younger age.

Four years later, with a Masters in health education and a minor in psychology, I taught …