Special education teacher`s experience Jan 23, 2011 22:28:18 GMT 1
Post by Bonobo on Jan 23, 2011 22:28:18 GMT 1
I'm actually a Special Education tutor, which means I support Spec. Ed. students in their classrooms or in small pull-out groups. So, I teach whatever it is the teacher is covering. I work in elementary school, grades 2 through 5, so I cover it all: reading, writing, math, social studies, and science with my primary focus on reading, writing and math.
I found this about high school special ed teacher:
Special education teachers assess and work with youth and children that have many different disabilities. A smaller percentage of these students have mental disabilities such as autism, Down syndrome and mental retardation. A special Ed teacher works with these children, primarily teaching them basic literacy and life skills. The majority of special needs students, which a special education teacher works with, have mild to moderate disabilities. The teacher often modifies the general education curriculum by writing individualized education plan objectives to meet each disabled students needs. A large percentage of special education teachers work with students from elementary to secondary school level but there are teachers that choose to work with toddlers and infants.
Other types of disabilities students have that make it necessary for them to be in special education programs include language and speech impairments, emotional disturbance, specific learning disabilities, visual impairments, hearing impairments, combined blindness and deafness, orthopedic impairments and other health disabilities. An important part of a special education teacher's job is early identification and intervention of a child with disabilities and special needs so they received the necessary and essential education.
The special Ed teacher develops an individualized education program or IEP for each special education student. The special education teacher tailors these personalized goals to student's individual learning ability and style. There is also a transition plan to prepare students through the school years or their postsecondary study. Special education teachers work closely with other teachers and their student's parents, to discuss their child's progress.
Common work activities include:
* Reviewing and researching the information in new student's files regarding their abilities and unique needs.
* Completing academic, social and behavior assessments on students to determine their strengths and challenges.
* Writing IEPs or individual education plans that will guide each student's learning based on realistic goals.
* Coordinating services of classroom support staff, professionals such as occupational, physical and speech and language therapists, counselors and other professionals that provide support to the students.
* Meeting with parents to review the IEP and record progress and problems.
* Making referrals to sources within the community that may be able to assist the child and/or the family.
* Grading and advancing students in an appropriate manner based on their disability or special learning needs.
* Helping children learn to use various tools such as computers, speech boards, wheelchairs, hearing aids or other devices.
And here about elementary school special teachers
Preschool and Elementary School Special Education Teachers
Preschool and elementary school special education teachers, teach educationally and physically handicapped students and preschoolers. Their goal is to make sure students with disabilities reach their learning potential. The majority of special education teachers help children with mild to moderate disabilities.
Some preschool and elementary special-ed teachers specialize in working with visually and audibly handicapped students. Some teachers specialize in providing basic life processes and academic skills to those with mental impairments.
Special education teachers use teaching methods such as individualized instruction, small group work and problem solving assignments. They help create an individualized education program for every special education student. The programs establish personalized objectives for each student and are designed for an individual's needs and abilities.
Some of the sample job titles are preschool special education teacher, special education teacher, early interventionist, intervention specialist, early childhood special education teacher, EC special education teacher, teacher of developmentally delayed, severe emotional disorders elementary teacher, SED elementary teacher and mildly disabled student special education teacher.
* Utilize special education techniques and strategies
* Teach academic subjects to students utilizing a variety of techniques
* Modify the general education program for special needs students
* Establish and enforce rules for behavior
* Teach socially acceptable behavior
* Discuss students' progress with parents and guardians
* Collaborate with others to develop individual educational plans designed to advance students' educational, social and physical development
* Establish goals for lessons and projects and communicate these goals to students
* Maintain student records
Some special-ed teachers have their own classroom and only teach special education students, whereas others work as special education resource teachers and provide individualized assistance to students in general education classrooms. Some special education teachers work with general education teachers in classes that include general and special education students.
Their work can be very rewarding, however, at times, it can be physically and emotionally draining. The job may also involve a heavy workload and administrative tasks. Most special education teachers work 40 hours a week in a basic 10 month school year. Some special education teachers work all year.
Preschool and elementary school special education teachers need patience and compassion and they should enjoy helping people. They also need good organizational skills. Special education teachers should be able to motivate students.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics forecasts a 20 percent growth in employment from 2008 to 2018 for preschool, kindergarten and elementary school special education teachers. In 2008 the median annual earnings for special education teachers who work in preschools, kindergartens and elementary schools was $50,020.
Education, Certification, and Licensing
Undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs in special education are provided by a large number of colleges and universities. Some programs require specialization, however some colleges and universities provide generalized special education degrees.
In their last year of the program, students typically are involved in a student teaching role in a classroom setting under the supervision of a special education teacher. Special education teachers often partake in longer training periods than general education teachers.
All the states require special education teachers to acquire a license, which usually requires at least a bachelor's degree along with completing an approved special education teaching training program. Licensure varies by state. Many states provide general special education licenses in a variety of disability categories, whereas other states license several different specialties within special education. Most of the states provide alternative paths for entry for those that have a bachelor's degree but do not have training in education.