A Special Education Teacher’s focus is to educate students with special needs.
They are responsible for the planning, evaluation, and implementation of the students specialization.
Special Education Teachers also specialize and work with audibly, visually, emotionally, educationally, and physically handicapped students.
They teach basic academic and life process skills to the mentally impaired.
Job Overview Continued
To be a Special Education Teacher one must complete a four year degree program in Special Education.
If they choose they can earn a B.S. in Education.
All U.S. states require a teachers certificate in order to teach in a public school system.
It is important to have a well developed knowledge of basic school subjects.
Special Education teachers often co-teach in a main stream class like math.
Adapt curriculum to meet the needs of each Special Ed student.
Modify tests based on student needs.
Write yearly plan (IEP) and conduct meetings on IEP’s.
Monitor yearly progress of individual goals.
On the Job and Behind the Scenes
I enjoy helping Special Ed students and think this career would be a good fit for me.
My mom was a Special Education Teacher for nine years and because of the experience with her students I know I am good with Special Ed students.
Why I chose this career
Beginning Maryland salary is $34,363
Average Maryland salary is $59,306
Potential Maryland salary is $82,556
Growing faster then the average occupation
Qualified Special Ed teachers are valuable
18% to 20% increase within the next eight years
Salary, Outlook, and Growth Potential
Responsible for the diagnosis of a school aged child
Daily contact with student to work on behaviors
Work with children with physical disabilities
Work with children who have speech difficulties
Do not make yourself low. People will step on your head. (Yiddish Proverb)
Thought About Sucess
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