ERIC Number: ED420972
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Reference Count: N/A
Secondary Special Education Teacher. Careers in Special Education and Related Services.
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.
Designed for high school students interested in careers in special education and related services, this guide outlines the role of a secondary school special education teacher. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required for the position, the personal qualities people should have who choose to be secondary special educators, job outlook and advancement for special education teaching, and how to prepare for a career in special education teaching. Special education teachers at the secondary level are described as instructing students with special needs by using different teaching methods than general education teachers use. In addition to preparing lesson plans, instructing, and evaluating their students, they are trained to develop personal goals and objectives with each student and to help them prepare for the transition from middle school to high school and for the transition from high school to college, job training, or work. While licensure requirements vary by state, all states require special education teachers to have a bachelor's degree and to have completed an approved teacher training program with supervised practice teaching. A profile of a secondary special education teacher is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Certification, Disabilities, Education Work Relationship, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Individualized Transition Plans, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Personality Traits, Secondary Education, Secondary School Teachers, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Teacher Role, Teaching Methods
National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, 1920 Association Drive, Reston, VA 20191-1598; toll-free telephone: 800-641-7824; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; World Wide Web: http://www.cec.sped.org/ncpse.htm
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Special Education Programs (ED/OSERS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse for Professions in Special Education, Reston, VA.