Most of us have heard the term “special ed,” but what exactly do special education teaching jobs entail? Here are a few basic facts.
What is special education? It is customized instruction for children (or adults) with disabilities. Teachers modify standard curriculum to match the special needs of their students and, use a variety of teaching techniques that are tailored to their students with disabilities.
How is special ed provided? It work in many different environments. A few work in private schools, residential facilities, hospitals and clinics, or in the students’ homes. But the majority of teaching jobs for special education are in the public schools. Within the public schools, special educators work in a variety of settings, which include self-contained classrooms, resource rooms, and of course, general education classrooms.
Could a special education teaching job be right for you? If you greatly enjoy helping others and want to make a difference in the lives of people with disabilities, a this kind of teaching job may be a good fit. These jobs can be challenging because they sometimes require that you use your skills creatively. These teaching jobs can also be very personally rewarding.
Becoming a special ed teacher could also be professionally rewarding. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that the need for qualified special ed teachers will increase faster than most other professions in the next 10 years. This means that there could be more these teaching jobs available-and as a result, greater opportunity and job security.