We posed this question to the special education teachers in our Mighty community on Facebook : What’s one secret about your job you wish the rest of the world knew?” Their answers were honest, heartfelt and gave us some real insight into what their jobs entail. The Washington State Achievement Council administers the Future Teachers Scholarship and Loan Repayment Program This program provides financial assistance to resident students who are working toward their certification as a special education teacher.
Most special education teachers use computers to keep records of their students’ performance, prepare lesson plans, and update IEPs. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports job growth for the special education industry is expected to be 6% through 2022. Elementary education, special education, or an academic subject (physics, chemistry) combined with a minor in special education. The only adaptation that the teacher had to make (and was fully willing), was to allow the two students extra time to memorize words of songs, (since their disability involved language processing). With that said, private schools are not required to offer special education services.
Some states offer special education teachers the ability to teach immediately after graduating with a bachelor’s degree under the under the supervision of an experienced teacher, with full certification awarded following completion of the teaching program.
Regardless of the disability or disabilities that a special education professional addresses, basic content knowledge about teaching special education is required for certification. The Dorothy B. Lucas Special Education Scholarship offers up to $2500 to eligible students enrolled in a special education program. Some employers require a master’s degree in special education so those with a bachelor’s degree may want to consider pursuing a master’s program to increase their employment options. As with most countries in the world, students who are poor, ethnic minorities, or do not speak the dominant language fluently are disproportionately identified as needing special education services. In fact, where you differ most as a special education teacher from general-education teachers is in the development and execution of an Individualized Education Program (IEP) for each of your students.
At each level, special education means taking the standard general education curriculum and modifying or individualizing it for children with specific disorders and disabilities. The Individualized Education Program is designed to develop individual goals for the student and is modified to the student’s abilities and needs.