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Special education professionals include special educators, early interventionists and related service providers who make a real difference in the lives of infants, young children, and youth with disabilities. Who are Special Educators, Early Intervention and Related Service Providers?

Special education professionals’ roles and responsibilities are as unique as the students they work with.When students and their families receive appropriate instruction and services from experts in the field, gains can be made that have a strong lifetime impact.

Should you decide to ‘BECOME1’, your daily activities will be determined by your students’ goals and educational environments. Possible educational environments include:

  • general education classrooms
  • a combination of general education classrooms and classrooms specially designed for maximizing student support
  • self-contained classrooms
  • hospital/homebound settings
  • general preschool settings for infants, toddlers and preschoolers

Children and youth receiving early intervention, special education and related services are just like all students. They...

  • differ from one another in ability, age, learning style and personality
  • come from various cultural backgrounds and may speak different language
  • have unique learning needs

They may also have…

  • cognitive impairments, such as intellectual disabilities
  • learning disabilities that require specific teaching strategies
  • physical disabilities that limit  mobility
  • sensory impairments, such as hearing loss and vision impairments
  • emotional or social disabilities
  • traumatic brain injury
  • autism
  • speech or language impairments
  • chronic health problems
  • multiple disabilities

As a special education professional you will spark a passion for learning in the lives of your students. You will collaborate with a team to design and implement an individualized learning plan that is tailored to meet the needs of each child, by:

  • developing close working relationships with administrators, counselors, parents, community agencies and other education and health care professionals to ensure success in all areas of the child’s life
  • collecting information on the child’s learning needs and delivering instructional practices that meet those needs
  • using the general education curriculum to guide your work and
  • applying best practices to manage behavior both inside and outside of school.

Student success that is a result of thoughtful planning and effective individualized instruction is truly rewarding!   

Special education teachers are in high demand!

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The National Center to Improve the Recruitment and Retention of Qualified Personnel for Children with Disabilities (Personnel Improvement Center). A Cooperative Agreement, H325C080001, between the US Department of Education and the National Association of State Directors of Special Education. Project Officer: Maryann McDermott
NASDSE | 225 Reinekers Lane, Suite 420, Alexandria, VA 22314

Phone 703.519.3800 | Fax 703.519.3808