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SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER: Don't Take Out So Many School Loans

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Isaias is a special education teacher working with high school students 14 to 18 years old. Isaias enjoys inspiring, motivating and getting creative with his students so they don't go to sleep on him in class. Isaias first career was in real-estate, but says he got bored quickly and realized he wasn't making a difference in the world. Isaias wants to be a role model for young men, who like himself, do not have a father to look up to.

Degree: Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Subject Areas
Job Title: Special Education Teacher

Job Summary: Special Education Teachers, Secondary School

Job Description

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide range of learning, mental, emotional and physical disabilities. With students who have mild or moderate disabilities, they ensure that lessons and teaching strategies are modified to meet the students' needs. With students who have severe disabilities, they teach the students independent living skills and basic literacy, communication, and math.

Special education services are offered in a variety of ways.

Some special education teachers work exclusively in special education classes that include only students who have IEPs. In this setting, special education teachers plan and present lessons and adapt the lessons to meet each of the students’ needs.

In settings with more inclusive models of special education, in which the students receiving special education services attend general education classes, special education teachers may spend a portion of the day teaching classes together with general education teachers. The special education teachers help present the information in a manner that is more easily understood by special education students.

They also serve as consultants to general education teachers to help them adapt lessons that will meet the needs of the special education students in their classes. Special education teachers may have students who visit them throughout the day to get extra help with particular subjects or lessons.

A team that includes special and general education teachers, counselors, parents, and, in some cases, the students themselves develop the individualized educational programs (IEPs). IEPs outline which services each special education student will receive, such as sessions with the school psychologist or counselor and class periods or times when the student will receive individual attention from special education teachers.

IEPs also may list services such as community mental health services, mentoring, and tutoring, which other organizations in the community provide. Special education teachers are responsible for ensuring that the students receive the services outlined in their IEPs.

Special education teachers work with students who have a wide variety of mental, emotional, physical, and learning disabilities. Some students need assistance only in a few subject areas, such as reading and math. Other students need help understanding how they learn and adapting study skills and strategies that best meet their needs.

Some special education teachers work with students who have physical and sensory disabilities, such as blindness and deafness, or with students who are wheelchair-bound. They also work with students who have autism spectrum disorders and with students who have emotional disorders, such as anxiety and depression.

Special education teachers work with infants to high school students. Students who have severe disabilities may work with a special education teacher until they turn 21 years old.

Special education teachers working with young children try to intervene as early as possible. Early intervention in the development of language, speech and social and motor skills allows children the best opportunity to improve in those areas.

On-the-Job Training

Students are trained extensively in class and then get continuing professional development after starting work.

Certification Requirement
All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
$35,000 - $85,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 9 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Full-time, Flexible
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Indoor
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Problem solving skills, Creativity, Written communication skills, Verbal communication skills, People skills, Public speaking ability, Empathy, Organizational skills

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m='12060'>then</span> <span m='12180'>also</span> <span m='12570'>students</span> <span m='13010'>who</span> <span m='13320'>may</span> <span m='13490'>be</span> <span m='13620'>behind</span> <span m='13960'>in</span> <span m='14080'>credits</span> <span m='14540'>or</span> <span m='14640'>have</span> <span m='14940'>behavioral</span> <span m='15470'>problems</span> <span m='15755'>at</span> <span m='16040'>school.</span> </p><p><span m='17040'>My</span> <span m='17160'>day</span> <span m='17360'>starts</span> <span m='17850'>super,</span> <span m='18250'>super</span> <span m='18590'>early,</span> <span m='18850'>because</span> <span m='19020'>I</span> <span m='19050'>always</span> <span m='19240'>want</span> <span m='19360'>to</span> <span m='19400'>get</span> <span m='19620'>to</span> <span m='20010'>the</span> <span m='20130'>classroom</span> <span m='20410'>before</span> <span m='20900'>all the</span> <span m='21020'>students</span> <span m='21470'>do.</span> <span 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<span m='33210'>about</span> <span m='33540'>19</span> <span m='33910'>years</span> <span m='34100'>old</span> <span m='34350'>I thought</span> <span m='34520'>I wanted</span> <span m='34750'>to</span> <span m='34830'>go</span> <span m='34970'>into</span> <span m='35130'>the</span> <span m='35240'>real</span> <span m='35410'>estate</span> <span m='35700'>business.</span> <span m='36330'>But</span> <span m='37030'>working</span> <span m='37310'>in</span> <span m='37380'>a</span> <span m='37440'>real</span> <span m='37620'>estate</span> <span m='37780'>office,</span> <span m='38110'>I</span> <span m='38140'>got</span> <span m='38340'>bored</span> <span m='38700'>really</span> <span m='38910'>quick.</span> <span m='39300'>And</span> <span m='39450'>I</span> <span m='39500'>didn't</span> <span m='39730'>feel</span> <span m='39880'>like</span> <span m='40090'>I</span> <span m='40130'>was</span> <span m='40580'>really</span> <span m='40830'>making</span> <span m='41080'>a</span> <span m='41120'>difference</span> <span m='42390'>in</span> <span m='42740'>the</span> <span m='42810'>world</span> <span m='43070'>like</span> <span m='43230'>I</span> <span m='43300'>wanted</span> <span m='43690'>to</span> <span m='43800'>do.</span> <span m='44790'>Really</span> <span m='45350'>what</span> <span m='45620'>got</span> <span m='45830'>me</span> <span m='45960'>into</span> <span m='46210'>teaching</span> <span m='46640'>was</span> <span m='47030'>I</span> <span m='47290'>grew</span> <span m='47510'>up</span> <span m='47630'>without</span> <span m='47900'>a</span> <span m='47950'>dad,</span> <span m='48460'>so</span> <span m='48610'>I</span> <span m='48680'>didn't</span> <span m='48850'>have</span> <span m='49040'>that</span> <span m='49260'>male</span> <span m='49510'>role</span> <span m='49680'>model.</span> <span m='49980'>And</span> <span m='50070'>I</span> <span m='50130'>felt</span> <span m='50350'>like</span> <span m='50490'>that's</span> <span m='51150'>something</span> 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m='63860'>would</span> <span m='64000'>definitely</span> <span m='64459'>be</span> <span m='64769'>to</span> <span m='65290'>not</span> <span m='65510'>take</span> <span m='65710'>out</span> <span m='65850'>as</span> <span m='65940'>many</span> <span m='66170'>loans,</span> <span m='67160'>because</span> <span m='67500'>I'm</span> <span m='67600'>paying</span> <span m='67860'>back</span> <span m='68550'>my</span> <span m='68660'>student</span> <span m='68970'>loans</span> <span m='69270'>now</span> <span m='69480'>every</span> <span m='69690'>month.</span> <span m='70670'>But</span> <span m='70840'>aside</span> <span m='71180'>from</span> <span m='71330'>that,</span> <span m='71520'>I</span> <span m='71560'>would</span> <span m='71690'>also</span> <span m='72970'>take</span> <span m='73200'>a</span> <span m='73260'>look</span> <span m='73520'>at</span> <span m='73790'>what</span> <span m='73970'>else</span> <span m='74180'>I</span> <span m='74250'>could</span> <span m='74400'>do</span> <span m='74500'>in</span> <span m='74600'>education</span> <span m='75210'>that</span> <span m='75840'>pays</span> <span m='75960'>is</span> <span m='76110'>a</span> <span m='76170'>little</span> <span m='76350'>more.</span> <span m='76610'>Because</span> <span m='77250'>teaching,</span> <span m='78080'>it's</span> <span m='78390'>kind of</span> <span m='78700'>tough</span> <span m='78850'>to pay</span> <span m='79110'>the</span> <span m='79220'>bills</span> <span m='79520'>with it</span> <span m='79820'>sometimes.</span> </p>","file":{"id":265671,"video_id":"2699030321001","name":"71462386","duration":80597,"thumbnail_url":null}});

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