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What is a Special Education Teacher?

Special education teachers are specially trained educators who are dedicated to working with students with learning, mental, or physical disabilities. SPED teachers create appropriate curriculum specifically for each student’s individual needs and abilities. They may work with students from preschool through high school, helping with their academic, behavioral, and social development.

Employment of SPED teachers is expected to increase 3% by 2029 with demand driven by an increased need for special education services. Helping students with special needs can be highly rewarding, but it can also be stressful and emotionally demanding.

What does a special education teacher do?

Special education teachers may work with students of varying ages with a wide array of special needs and disabilities. They adapt general education lessons to teach various subjects to students with mild to moderate disabilities and teach basic skills to those with severe disabilities. The specific duties of special education teachers can vary based on their work setting, specialties, and students’ disabilities, but tasks may include:

  • Assessing students’ skills and abilities to determine their educational needs

  • Creating individualized education programs (IEPs) with attainable and measurable goals

  • Planning and presenting lessons and activities to meet students’ needs and goals

  • Developing behavior management plans

  • Grading papers and updating students’ records

  • Assessing and tracking students’ performance and progress

  • Updating IEPs as students reach goals to reflect their progress

  • Discussing students’ progress with other teachers, counselors, and parents

  • Assisting students with transitions to new grades and from school to post-school life

  • Supervising, evaluating, and mentoring teaching assistants and other paraprofessionals

  • Providing guidance to general education teachers wanting to accommodate students

Where do special education teachers work?

Special education teachers may work in various educational institutions based on the age group they work with. The largest employers of SPED teachers are local elementary and secondary schools, followed by private elementary and secondary schools. They also find employment in preschools and middle schools. Some special education teachers work in their own classrooms and only instruct students with disabilities while others work as special education resource teachers and provide individualized assistance to students in general education classrooms. A small number of SPED teachers work with students in residential facilities or tutor homebound or hospitalized students with disabilities.

What skills make a good special education teacher?

Good special education teachers are highly organized and detail-oriented, which allows them to handle heavy workloads and manage substantial amounts of paperwork  that document their students’ progress. Because students have different learning styles, successful SPED teachers are adaptable and possess ample creativity to modify their lessons to mesh with the learning strengths of individual students. Communication skills are core attributes because they ensure SPED teachers can effectively explain concepts to learning disabled students in ways they can understand. SPED teachers also build positive working relationships with other educators and students’ parents through their stellar interpersonal skills. Patience, resourcefulness, and critical-thinking skills also top the list of desirable traits for an above-average special education teacher.

How to become a Travel Special Education Teacher

A bachelor's degree is the minimum requirement to become a teacher, but many special education teachers earn a master’s or doctoral degree. A master’s degree is required for board certification and by some employers. Some states require SPED teachers to earn a master’s degree in special education after obtaining a job to become fully certified. Teaching education programs must include a student-teaching program to gain experience in a classroom setting.

SPED teachers in public schools also must have a state-issued license or teaching certification before they can teach. Private schools only require a bachelor’s degree in special education. All states require teachers to be licensed/certified in the specific grade they teach, which usually requires completion of an educator prep program recognized by the state board of education and passing a general teaching certification test as well as a test covering the specific subject to be taught. State requirements vary, so contact a state’s board of education for specifics.

Although not usually required, special education teachers can earn Board Certification in Special Education through the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (AASEP). Board certification doesn’t replace state licensing requirements. Travel job positions typically require candidates with SPED Teaching Credentials and school-based experience.

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