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ID Job Title Gender Age Earnings City & State Date
33969 Special Education Resource Teacher Female 52 $46,000 Mt. Prospect, IL 01/01/2010
33855 Paraprofessional For Special Education Female 49 $29,000 Pine Lake, GA 01/01/2010
33617 Special Education Teacher Female 30 $56,000 Montville, NJ 01/01/2010
33452 Special Education Teacher Female 46 $48,000 Midlothian, IL 01/01/2010
33011 Teacher Male 52 $80,000 West Chester, PA 01/01/2010

Overview

A special education teacher works with children of different ages who have a range of learning or cognitive difficulties. They are crucial members of the education system because they work to promote the growth and development of these children, in conjunction with their special needs, so that they can live happy and satisfied lives.

A special education teacher may work with, or assist, general education teachers to help identify children who have disabilities or special needs and therefore need additional support. Special education teachers will then modify the curriculum to make sure each student?s special education needs are met.

To become a special education teacher, you need to achieve a degree in special education and sit the state required test for special education teaching; this gives you the skills needed to develop unique education programmes. It is really important that each child?s programme is made unique to them, as different problems and disabilities need to be supported in specific ways.

Being a special education teach can be emotionally exhausting as many of the children that you will work with cannot communicate in traditional ways. Sometimes, the work can also be stressful and frustrating as you will need to account for personal and physical care, and sometimes trust will take a long time to form and students will not improve in the way it was hoped.

Fortunately, the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages. Being a special education teacher is an exceptionally satisfying job. You will gain the trust of your pupils and will help these children to feel like they are understood and developing; which often many others fail to do. You will help this child gain the skills they need to live a functioning and fulfilling life, which is incredibly rewarding. You will also get to work closely with their families, meaning you will form relationships and bonds with them.

To become a special education teacher then you really must be patient, understanding and accepting. If you are someone who has these qualities and enjoys working with children, then it might just be the career for you!


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