A generalized special education teacher works with students who have a variety of learning, mental, emotional, and physical disabilities. They create a specialized program for each student, known as an Individualized Educational Program (IEP), which includes:
The program is adapted from a general education curriculum and is used for students with mild to moderate disabilities. For those with severe disabilities, teachers usually work on more basic skills such as reading and communication techniques. Each student has his or her own individual needs, so a generalized special education teacher must be focused, organized, and patient when working with students.
Things You Should Know
Minimum Degree Requirement: Bachelor’s in special education.
Extra: States require individualized teaching licenses specific to special education, but many teachers are also encouraged to earn a master’s with a specialization.
Salary & Outlook: As of May 2015, the average salary a special education teacher earned was $56,800 per year. The industry is growing at a rate of 6% according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.