Special Education Careers

Careers Inside & Outside The Classroom

According to the Bureau of Labor Services, employment of special education professional is projected to grow a steady 6 percent from 2014 to 2024.

Employment growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation.

Whether you want to help students grow and learn as a special education teacher or help them become independent in daily activities as an occupational therapist, you have the opportunity to positively impact the lives of people with special needs.

Traditional Teaching: Special Education Careers Inside the Classroom

Special education teacher reading to a student with special needs inside a classroom.If the idea of teaching has always excited you, becoming a special education teacher may be the right path to follow.

As a special education teacher, you would have the chance to help children who learn in different ways.

Creating Individualized Education Plans (IEP) for every student, finding engaging and innovative ways of teaching, and preparing individuals with special needs for success inside and outside the classroom are just a few of the requirements of a special education teacher.

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Related Professions: Special Education Careers Outside the Classroom

Special education teacher helping child with special needs.

On the other hand, if traditional classroom teaching does not interest you but working with children with disabilities does, you may want to consider jobs that are still in the special education realm but outside of the classroom.

For instance, a transition and vocational coordinator still works with a student with special needs. They are usually part of the student’s IEP and aid in the shift from school life to adult life.

The specifics of the job depend upon the individual they work with; one coordinator might focus on life skills and how to live in a group home while another might focus on job placements.

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The differences in these roles allow those who are passionate about working with special needs children to find their specific calling. Whether it is in or out of the classroom, special educators can truly change lives.


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