Special Education Teacher
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1. If you could do anything different in your education, what would you do?
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I would mark progress based on previous years as opposed to comparing school to school. Not every school faces the same academic challenges making AYP an impossible measuring stick.
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I would have gone to college after high school rather than 20 years later.
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2. What are your 2 weakest points?
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Not being fluent in spanish and
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Big heart and.
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Explain differentence instractions
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My little toe and being ticked
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Perfectionist to the point of exhaustion at times and sometimes I let my heart lead.
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3. What makes you stand out among other applicants?
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My positive attitude and genuine care about students will stand out the most compared to others. I hold high expectations of my students as well as myself.
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I am an individual who is committed to making education a lasting experience rather than a lecture to be endured. I believe in a 'go to where the student is and walk with them' philosophy, as opposed to someone who expects students to come to where the educator is.I have a strong background in technology, differentiated instruction, and a communication-based environment.
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I have worked in the education and charity sectors working with children with diverse sets of children with wide range of needs. Therefore I am able to work with children of all abilities as I am flexable and adaptable to different settings.I am able to use my own intiative, organised and think on my feet in unexpected situations. I am able to build good relationships with all children, adults and parents.
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Even though I have been in this field for over 5 years, I am still very passionate about learing new strategies/reserches on working with students with autism. My experience working at the small NPS gave me great deal of opportunites to attend workshops and trainings. I have a great deal of experience with AAC, students with behaviors, analyzing/writing behavior support plans, etc. Worked for a small school, I got to have chances to work with different age levels of students. I worked with K through 8 with various challenges.
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Being a special needs teacher for more than 4 years, my experiences in this field contributed to the skill I possess by knowing how to adapt the curriculum to the needs of the students to maximize learning and make learning as meaningful to them as possible.
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Because teaching is a second career, I feel most schools would find me more mature and more experienced than most new teachers, bringing more life experiences and general skills to the table. I am an incredibly hard worker, highly organized, and skilled at building successful working relationships with all kinds of people. I also bring with me leadership qualities, all of which will bring success in the classroom.
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I am a hard worker, have the urge to help people, i am a leader
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I have a diverse background of experience and the strength of age.
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I think what makes me stand out above other applicants is my positive attitude towards life and my overall passion towards student success. There are many qualified candidates in the field of education, but I am not only qualified, but also love being able to help others reach a goal that perhaps they thought was unattainable, and by helping students in any circumstance realize their potential in every aspect of their life.
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I have a set of stilts at home.
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I have an undergraduate degree in art education. I use art lessons to reinforce what we are currently using in the classroom and to address iep needs. I am a hard worker and dedicated educator. I always put the students' needs first and make sure that are getting the most out of a day at school.
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I stand out among other applicants bec. I believe having the experience working with children with
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I stand out from the other applicants because I have a personal vested interest in special education, other than it being my career. I have my own child who has a learning disability and what this brings to me as a special education teacher is that I have a much broader perspective from the parent's point of view.
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The patience I havee to work with students with special needs.
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What a stupid question. How can I measure myself against the competition when I don't know who they are. It's not as if you will let me have a copy of their CVs (which is illegal) so I can highlight advantages over them. I can talk about me till the cows come home but thats not really answering the question.
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I have been impacting students life in a positive way for the pass 10 years by helping them to become productive citezens.
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My desire to create the best educational environment for my students, expecting the best from each one and helping them to achieve their goals is one of my outstanding qualities. I am always working to learn better ways to reach my students because education is a life long process.
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4. Tell me about a stressful time in your life. How did you handle it?
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I had one customer she iwas yelling i tried every thig with her then i call my manager.
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My mother passed away 12 years ago and that was very difficult. I felt a lot of comfort in the support of my family, friends and church.
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What do you hope to accomplish in your career over the next five years?
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I prayed
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When my husband went through some health issue, I went through some rough time but I was very calm and managed everything routine as normal for my children. I stayed positive because I wanted my husband and kids to know that everything is going to be fine.
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5. Have you ever had to calm a person down, what happened?
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I had a student start swearing at me during class. I did not get upset. I very calmly said "I can see that you are upset. Please step into the hall and take a few minutes and we can talk when you are ready. I did not send the student to the dean, and felt by not doing so I was not further aggravating the situation. I was also able to then get the student to calmy speak to me, which I felt helped me to earn trust with the student.
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Approaching calmly, and speaking softly aids in calming a person down. I have been in numerous incidents working in a high school setting and the one thing not to do is to come across yelling and judgmental. Take the student away from the issue and walk them done to the office.
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I've been in this situation many times. I tell them they are not allowed to hit me, the desk, others or throw things. They can go away from everyone to calm down and I will check on them. I have emotion charts where they can fill in how angry they are on a scale and write about what is bothering them. Many times I am able to help once I know why they needed to be calmed down.
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Yes I had to calm persons down before. the individual needed help in learning how to express their emotions by talking calmly instead of yelling.
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When trying to calm someone down, I have told them to take a time out. Once a sufficient amount of time has passed to discuss and reevaluate the situation calmly I will do so. Unless it is an extreme situation, I try to give everyone time to calm, if not things could get worse and yelling will not help.
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6. Why should we hire you?
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I am a self starter and I work hard to meet the needs of my students. I am not afraid to ask questions. I ask for help, input, or suggestions from others.
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Because of my excellent leadership skills and versatility. I am confident in my ability to represent the school/district in a professional and dignified manner. I pride myself in my ability to collaborate with others for the success of the students. My experience educating students with such a broad range of disabilities, across different environments makes me confident that I will be a great edition to your team.
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Because I'm Awesome. The question should why should not.
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I am a team player. I am efficient and organized. I am calm under pressure. I never lose sight of the vision or goal.
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Your job description is suited for for my qualifications and my experience as an inclusive educator, i work hard as team playe.
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Beccause i like the atmosphere i love kids beig around with me i love theor smile.
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I will be an asset to the profession. I am capable of helping individual students achieve their goal.
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yoy should hire me because i know how to work independently,knows how to prioritize and delegate important task.My skills will help you specially sharing and transferring my knowledge to your institution.
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I am the best candidate you have. I am knowledeable,, dedicated to the field, and I am totally invested into the community, the school and the students.
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Because I am pasionate about helping people.
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Because I love children.
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1. I am very intuitive and observant. 2. Based on my observation, I can make changes and be flexible.
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I have worked in Learning support for 13 years as an aide before going back to school to get my teaching degree. I come with years of educational experience that means I will be able to step right in with little training.
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7. What do you feel are the most important qualities in being a good Teacher?
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Patience, organization, and resilience
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Patience, humor, classroom management and communication skills.
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Being totally invested in their education. You have to love kids to want to be a teacher.
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Confidence,patience,understanding.
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Confidence,creativity,passion.patience.
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Patience, understanding, organization and a sense of humor.
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8. Explain to me an IEP? What is the difference from an IEP and a CSE?
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An IEP is an Idividualized Education Plan, which is created to meet the needs of a child with a disability. It explains how the child learns and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. A CSE is the comittee who decides if the child is eligible for services based on an evaluation of the student's abilities and needs. If a student is eligible, the CSE will implement an IEP based on the evalaution to best meet the needs of the child
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Iep is an individualized educational plan.
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Individual educational plan child study evaluation.
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An IEP is an Individual Education Plan which is designed to meet the unique educational needs of a child with a disability. It describes how the child learns, demonstrates learning and how we can help the child to learn more effectively. the difference between IEP and CSE is that CSE is when parents have chance to input in the education of the child .
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An IEP is provided for student with disability under the IDEA guideline. Student who after careful evaluation cannot function adequately in regular a classroom. IEP allows for modification and accommodation.
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Individual education program is put in place to meet the needs of the individual student and prepared by the educational team that includes the parents. CSE is the referral for services.
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9. When did you realize you wanted to be a special education teacher?
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After spending several years as an aide, I knew that I wanted to be a teacher of this special group of students.
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10. Do you have experience creating and maintaining documentation on your students?
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I did progress monitoring on my students in reading and math. I also was on the Dibels monitoring team that did screening on students in reading three times a year.
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11. How do you feel about working with students, that can sometimes be difficult due to their circumstance?
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Every student can be difficult at some time. The key is to look beyond the actions and find the reason.
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I feel confident that I can offer help and support to them to help modify their behavior.
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Be patient.
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Listen. Be Compassionate, sometimes they just need someone to understand them.
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I feel all children need a chance to be heard. They need to be in a safe and caring environment, in my classroom.
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It can be unnerving sometimes but we're all humans. We can't be perfect all the time. I'm sure children with disabilities get so frustrated when they try so hard
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I find it to be challenging but rewarding.
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I think is especially rewarding because of this and I feel that having a lot of patience is necessary.
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I think is especially rewarding because of this and I feel that having a lot of patience is necessary.
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I keep their difficult circumstance in mind when students exhibit difficult behaviors because it will more than likely influence the behavior. I enjoy working with children and helping them to do their best in spite of any negative circumstances they may face by maintaining a positive and nurturing attitude toward them and by being flexible. If a student is having a particularly difficult day, I may give them a bit of a break or extra rewards.
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I enjoy helping children to be successful and to do their best. I try to get to know the children that I work with as much as possible so that I can help them as much as I can. Helping children to overcome difficulties and be successful is something I have been doing for most of my professional working career. I find it rewarding. The challenges that students bring with them inspires me to do all that I can to help them.
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I find it a challenge in a positive way. Working in this kind of circumstance will allow me to use my determination and willingness to persevere to be an example to my students while guiding them through the difficulty they are experiencing.
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Working with such might be challenging but understanding and empathizing with them, and not feeling sorry for them and makes teaching them.
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Ok. i will what is is their problem first before i can do something.
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I feel good when i can help those students because we all sometimes need help in learning something while dealing with a difficult situation.
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I don't consider it as a difficult situation, instead I consider it as a challenge that I need to surpass
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12. What was your favorite course in college?
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13. To what specific area of special education are you most attracted and why?
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I like most every area of special education. In my experience, my favorite class has been the life skills class I was teaching.
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14. What are your 2 greatest strengths?
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I believe I am very good at building positive and successful working relationship. I am also highly organized.
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Collabaration and differentiation.
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Hard worker nad flexilble love working with kids.
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My greatest strengths are flexibility and professionalism.
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yup
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I am hard worker puncutal flexible.
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I lifted a car once and another time picked up a grand piano
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Organizational skills and determination to level the field for my students to succeed.
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15. How will you work cooperatively with other faculty members in educating these students?
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It takes a team to education students and special needs students are no exception. I would include as many professionals in my class as possible to give my students the best program they can have. Mentor teachers can help support with ideals to create a positive education experience.
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16. What do you know about our educational program?
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17. What do you think you will dislike the most about being a Special Educator?
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I like being able to see students achieve. Often times, special education students are left out and being able to see them progress is a great reward.
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I want to see every student succeed in some way, no matter how big or small. If I fail to see that happen, despite my sincere best efforts, I will take that very seriously.
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Nothing...I look forward to the rewards of seeing my students achieve.
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nothing i love kids
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18. Who is your greatest role model?
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I have had several great role models in education over the last few years...some teachers and some administrators and I have learned many things from all of them. But, my greatest role models typically come from the students I work with. They teach me the greatest patience, courage, and resilience that I could ever hope to have.
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19. When did you make the decision to teach autistic students?
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I thought it would be challenging working with autistic children ever since I watched a program on TV and they found success with giving the autistic child a dog.
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20. How do you handle yourself under stress?
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It depends upon the situation in which I am feeling stressed. If I felt stressed in a classroom, to the point of which I concerned myself, I would either syep out of the room for a moment, leaving the students with an aide or - if I were alone - would tell the students that I needed a moment and ask them to read quietly for 5-10 minutes.
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21. Has their ever been an autistic or special needs child in your life that has inspired you?
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I had my friend son who is autistic and i do volunteer at my kids school.
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Every single one has inspired me. Their tenacity and strength. Their individuality and resiliance. And their big hearts. Awe inspiring.
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Yes. I was working as an aide
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22. What do you do in your spare time?
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Genetically modify goats
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Read historical novels and/or take care of household duties.
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Enjoy time with my kids.
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23. How often do you partake in social activities?
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24. What exposures have you had in Teaching?
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I have taught 2 yearsin a public school.
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25. What do you think you will most like about being a Special Educator?
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I like seeing my students achieve. Oftentimes, our students are left out and seeing them progress is a great reward.
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Special Education Teacher
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Healthcare
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Education
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Easy
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Two Weeks
35 Hrs/Wk

Special education is the education of students with special needs in a way that addresses the students' individual differences and needs. Ideally, this process involves the individually planned and systematically monitored arrangement of teaching procedures, adapted equipment and materials, accessible settings, and other interventions designed to help learners with special needs achieve a higher level of personal self-sufficiency and success in school and community than would be available if the student were only given access to a typical classroom education.

Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Special_education Last Updated: February 28, 2014, 8:33 pm
Education Requirements

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelorís degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelorís degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified.

Work Environment

Most special education teachers work in public schools. Some teach in magnet, charter, and private schools. Some also work with young children in childcare centers.