Special education teacher

Special Education Teachers can be found in primary, middle and secondary schools. These teachers focus on teaching students with a wide range of learning difficulties stemming from emotional, intellectual or physical issues. It is necessary for special education teachers to use a variety of teaching approaches and strategies, as they may be working with students with differing needs.

Duties and tasks

  • Advising parents as to how best assist their child and his or her learning needs and goals
  • Charting student progress
  • Delivering educational material to students
  • Implementing lesson plans
  • In some cases, special education teachers may need to help children with issues involving coordination and dexterity
  • Teaching a range of basic academic subjects
  • Working with administration and other teachers to devise effective lesson plans

Skills required

  • Awareness of others and ability to understand of their actions
  • Critical thinking
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • Empathy and understanding
  • Excellent attention to detail

Working conditions

Special Education Teachers are employed in both private and public primary, middle and secondary schools. Teaching is rarely a 40-hour a week job as lesson plans need to be prepared, papers must be graded, and tests prepared.

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