Special-ed Teacher

Angel Marecka

job description

Working educationally with students with special needs to help them grow and instruct students who have various mental and physical disabilities that may include learning, including autism, visual and hearing impairments, and emotional disturbances.

Duties and Responsibilities

Provide direct and indirect instructional support to students in a positive environment and help students grow. There will be a substantial amount of paperwork as well and keeping in contact with student's parents will also be very important. Working one on one with students and building relationships with them will make things easier for you.


Education Requirements

Requires a Bachelors Degree for special education, general curriculum or have completed a major in special education general curriculum, or have completed 27 semester hours in the education of students with disabilities in the assigned area required.

Job Outlook

Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6 percent from 2012 to 2022 for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.


Salary and Work Enviroment

Specialized/self-contained schools. Working with students who have disabilities can be highly rewarding, but it is sometimes emotionally demanding and physically draining. Many special education teachers experience high stress levels from heavy workloads and administrative tasks. They must produce a substantial amount of paperwork documenting each student’s progress, and they often work under the threat of litigation against the school or district by parents if correct procedures are not followed or if the parents feel that their child is not receiving an adequate education. However, recently passed legislation is intended to reduce the burden of paperwork and the threat of lawsuits, so some of the burden placed on special education teachers may ease. Salary is normally $55,060

Related Courses & Experience

American sign language, family therapist, introduction to psychology, behavior analysis and management and maybe babysitting special needs or volunteering at an old peoples home. Working with people in general will prepare you, preferably special needs people. This career is something I've always been very persistent to do because my mom was a special ed teachers aid and she developed very good relationships with a few of the students and their families and we still talk to them and my mom babysits them from time to time. One of her students Nick goes to West Leyden with me and runs up to me and hugs me every day. It makes me happy to see him happy. Something I do at West Leyden that will definetely help me when I start applying for college is the best buddies club. We do many activities with the special needs kids here at West and it's just the little things that make them happy. This is definetely the career that best fits me and will make me happy doing this for the rest of my life.
A day in the life of a Special Education teacher