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The Role of a Special Education Teacher

Teachers who work with a variety of disabled students are known to be in the educational field of Special Education. In most cases students will have disabilities ranging from emotional, physical based to cognitive learning problems that need extra special levels of attention from what is offered in the classroom. Often times it is just a quick revision or change in the normal curriculum that makes learning more productive for students in special education.

Special education teachers must design and create there own curriculum that can adapt and change the way the lesson is delivered to the child’s learning disabilities. It is really important that these teachers become accustomed to each child’s disability and make learning fun and engaging. Teachers in special education also must counsel their students through emotional and social issues as well to get them learning the material and getting the educational opportunity of the other students.

Individualized Educations Programs (IEP) is developed in special education to help determine each and every student’s learning disabilities. As the teachers develop this IEP they can pass it on to the students next teacher allowing them some immediate insight as to how the students learns and what makes each students learning cognition different from the next.

All states require that a special education teacher is licensed. This license along with a bachelor’s degree is what education is necessary to becoming a special education teacher. Some states may even expect a master’s degree. Every state requires something different so making sure that you do your research to regionally where you want to start teaching is crucial before you get through your schooling.

Special Education teachers must be very patient and understanding to the special needs of their students and accepting of every student’s differences. Communication skills are so important to making sure that they are reaching out to even the most hard to reach students and leaving no student without the opportunity to gain the knowledge to continuing there education.

This field will see growth in the future, as special education teachers move on to work in general education there will be an increased demand in a need for special education teachers. If you’re a teacher who enjoys being challenged and wants to help those with disabilities further there educational opportunity a job as a special education teacher can be a rewarding outlet and great position to really make a difference in education.