ERIC Number: ED420979
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Do You Want to Make a Difference in the Lives of Students with Special Needs? 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 different roles of special education and related services professionals who teach and provide specifically designed instruction and services to children with disabilities. It addresses the different disabilities that students may have and federal legislation that requires services to be provided. Profiles are provided of the different types of professionals, including adapted physical educators, art therapists, audiologists, educational diagnosticians, interpreters for students with deafness, music therapists, occupational therapists, orientation and mobility specialists, paraeducators, physical therapists, recreational therapists, rehabilitation counselors, school counselors, school nurses, school psychologists, school social workers, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, and technology specialists. Professional preparation for becoming a special education or related services professional is addressed and a table provides information on the educational degrees required for these positions. The shortage of special education teachers and related services professionals and the resulting employment opportunities are also discussed and a chart is provided that illustrates the professionals needed for the different disabilities. A list is included of special education and related services professional associations. (CR)
Descriptors: Ancillary School Services, Certification, Disabilities, Educational Legislation, Elementary Secondary Education, Employment Opportunities, Employment Qualifications, Federal Legislation, Higher Education, Minimum Competencies, Occupational Information, Personality Traits, School Personnel, Services, Special Education, Special Education Teachers, Staff Role, Teacher Role, Teacher Shortage
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.
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A