ERIC Number: ED420975
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996
Special Education Technology Specialist. 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 the special education technology specialist. It addresses the nature of the work, the education required, personal qualities that technology specialists should have, job outlook and advancement, and how to prepare for a career as a technology specialist. Technology specialists are described as working as part of a team to evaluate students with disabilities and to help them become more productive and independent. A technology specialist can provide telephone and classroom technology support, assistive technology training, recommendations for software, suggestions for specific devices or equipment, and assistance in accommodating the limitations of students with disabilities. Because technology specialists are highly trained in computer skills, they are often the school's on-call expert for all special education classes. Some states require a teaching license to be employed as a technology specialist, but others do not. Technology specialists are described as resourceful, persistent, patient, and creative problem-solvers. A profile of a technology specialist is provided to illustrate the challenges and benefits of the job. (CR)
Descriptors: Assistive Devices (for Disabled), Disabilities, Educational Technology, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Personality Traits, Special Education, Specialists, Staff Role, Teamwork
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.