How to become a special education teacher

Develop programs for students with range of learning difficulties.

What does a special education teacher do?

Special education teachers are dedicated to teaching students with a wide range of difficulties stemming from emotional, intellectual or physical issues.

Duties and tasks

  • Work with primary and secondary students who have learning difficulties, hearing or sight impairments to help promote their social, emotional, intellectual and physical development.
  • Assess students in regards to intellectual, physical, social and emotional abilities, exceptional intellectual gifts, or specific problems of language and culture.
  • Deliver educational material to students, implement lesson plans and chat student progress.
  • Advise parents how to best assist their child and his or her learning needs and goals.
  • Teach a range of basic academic subjects and practical skills.
  • Advise and counsel parents and teachers on the availability and use of special techniques. 

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