What does a Special Education Teacher do?
A special education teacher helps students who have a wide variety of learning disabilities and challenges that include mental, emotional, and physical disabilities or other areas that make learning difficult.
They adjust lessons in various subjects according to each child’s needs like reading, math, english, and writing. They use techniques in communication and literacy to those students with more severe disabilities. A special education teacher would need to meet with teachers, parents, administrators, and counselors to discuss the student and oversee teacher assistants that work with the student with special learning needs
How to Become a Special Education Teacher
A special education teacher needs a bachelor’s degree with programs in special disabilities and how to present information that students can understand. If one is employed in a public school he or she must have a state-issued license or certification. An applicant to a private school does not require a license, but a bachelor’s degree would be required.
Job Description of a Special Education Teacher
A special education teacher works as part of a team that helps students that have learning disabilities due to mental, physical, and/or emotional disabilities. They adapt general education lessons on various subjects to meet the learning challenges of each student.
Special Education Teacher’s assess the skill of the student to determine their level of need and create lesson plans to teach them in a way they can understand. They develop individualized educational programs (IEPs) for each student and organize, plan, and assign activities according to each students’ special need.
He or she may teach one-on-one, in a class, or in small groups. These teachers are also responsible to track each student’s progress and performance and keep updated and accurate records on them.
He or she can be found working in resource centers or classrooms that only include students with disabilities, like visual and audio impairment and can include physical limitations. They may also work with students with autism spectrum disorders or emotional disorders, like depression or anxiety.
The goal for a special education teacher is to prepare the student to make the transition from grade to grade and after graduation, sometimes up to 21 years of age.