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Transcript of Special Education
-Other Health Impairment
-Specific Learning Disability
-Speech or Language
-Traumatic Brain Injury
Qualifications for Special Education
Autism in the World Today
By: Lauren Gillis
My Desires for Teaching
I have always had a passion for teaching students and helping them learn. I believe that God has gifted me with patience and understanding for children. I want to partake in a job where I can help the students thrive and watch as they actively seek to understand and grow.
Special Education is not for everyone, yet I think it is right for me. I believe that all children deserve a quality education, taught by experienced, wise, and loving teachers who want nothing but the best for their students. I believe that God has equipped me with what it takes to teach children with Special Needs and I am excited for all that the future holds!
As Christians, we are called to use our gifts and talents for the Lord and to love him in all that we do.
Romans 12:6-8 "We have different gifts, according to the grace given to each of us. If your gift is prophesying, then prophesy in accordance with your faith; if it is serving, then serve; if it is teaching, then teach; if it is to encourage, then give encouragement; if it is giving, then give generously; if it is to lead, do it diligently; if it is to show mercy, do it cheerfully."
Deuteronomy 6:5-8 "Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads."
-All states require public school teacher to have at least a Bachelor's degree, if not a Master's degree.
- Private school teachers do not need to meet state requirements yet they still have to have at least a Bachelor's degree.
- All states require public school Special Education teachers to be licensed/certified. This process requires teachers to have a Bachelor's degree, pass a background check, and spend time student teaching in a supervised classroom.
- Some states require the teacher to maintain a minimum grade point while in college, and to complete a professional development class.
- A Bachelor's degree in Special Education will require the student to take all of the prerequisite classes, in addition to classes about learning and behavioral disabilities, technology in special education, legal issues in special education, child growth and development, and strategies for teaching children with disabilities.
- This degree will take approximately four years with an additional one to two years if the student wishes to obtain their Master's degree.
In 2012, the medium annual wage for Special Education teachers was
Special Education High school- $56,830
Special Education Middle school- $55,780
Special Education Kindergarten and Elementary- $53,820
Special Education Preschool- $52,480
The top 10% of Special Education teachers make more than $87,390 and the lowest 10% make less than $36,740.
This salary accounts for teachers who work a normal 10-month school year, with a 2-month break in the summer. The teachers may be required to work with students and parents before and after school yet their day begins around 7 A.M. and ends around 4:00 P.M.
-14% of children between the ages of 3 and 7 have a developmental disability.
-7% of these are diagnosed with ADHD.
-17% of Americans struggle with a speech disorder.
-According to CDC, 1 in 68 children have Austin Spectrum Disorder, ASD.
-This statistic is almost 30% higher than in 2012.
-Boys are nearly five times more susceptible to ASD than girls are. 1 in 42 boys versus 1 in 189 girls.
-Autism Speaks states that more children will be diagnosed this year with autism than aids, diabetes, and cancer combined.
Advantages and Disadvantages of being a
Special Education Teacher
One of the main advantages of teaching in Special Education is being able to connect with your students and help them succeed in learning and in life. Special Education teachers can leave their classroom each day knowing that they are playing an integral part in the lives of their students; teaching them basic needs such as people skills or academics. Teachers know that they are bettering society by adding hope and wisdom to the future generation.
Another advantage of teaching Special Education is the relationships that the teachers make with their students. The teachers make unique lesson plans to fit each student and by doing so, they learn about the student and become extremely close with them.
One of the disadvantages that this job brings appears as stress. After working a long day with Special needs children, the teacher will be drained. The teachers are required to help students through tantrums, emotional difficulties, troubles with their studies, and uncontrollable behavior.
The last disadvantage of being a Special Education teacher is the salary. As I mentioned earlier, the average salary is a little over $50,000. High school Special Education teachers make a few thousand dollars more yet Elementary Special Education teachers are in higher demand.
Rates of Autism are skyrocketing; Autism is quickly emerging and becoming more normal.
Wall Street Journal wrote a review in March explaining the integration of people with ASD into the workplace.
"Germany-based software company SAP AG SAP.XE +0.09% has been actively seeking people with autism for jobs, not because of charitable outreach but because it believes features of autism may make some individuals better at certain jobs than those without autism."
Nearly 85% of all adults with Autism are unemployed yet some are extremely smart and capable of holding a steady job. By 2020, SAP hopes to have 1% of their employees be autistic, employing over 650 people.
People with Autism think in a very structured way and will be good at managing tasks, organizing, identifying software problems, troubleshooting, etc.
Children with disabilities learn much differently than children without disabilities. Special Education teachers must have multiple ways to teach the same subject or concept because not all students learn the same way. Children with disabilities have extremely short attention spans, and can and will have meltdowns during the day. Special Ed Teachers must be ready for whatever the day brings; they must use creativity and find unique ways to teach the students and keep them engaged.
5 Tips for Teaching in a Special Education Classroom
1. Always come to class with a plan!
2. Have an area for kids to calm down when they become frustrated or upset.
3. Stay calm in all situations! The kids will follow you.
4. Keep a routine.
5. Have toys to keep the kids on task! Fidgets.
During my hours of shadowing at The Maplewood Center, I experienced the chaos that takes place in many special education classrooms. I also saw the extreme grace demonstrated by the teacher and the five para-educators, and I saw the progress many students made. The teacher incorporated music and many smiles into nearly every task and lesson throughout the day. The teachers worked diligently to discover how each child learned, and they taught them in that way. I wish to do the same!