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What is Special Education


What exactly is a special education teacher?

A special education teacher is a highly trained professional within the teaching community that has the diverse skills needed to assist general education teachers reach all students academically and socially. The goal of special education is to provide the supports needed so that all students can succeed at learning and developing the skills needed for after graduation.

What is their role in a school?

The role of a special education teacher depends on what the school needs however some common roles include: consulting teacher, resource teacher, inclusion specialist, or transition specialist.

A Consulting Teacher meets with general education teachers regularly to monitor students' progress and address concerns about students but might not directly teacher them.

A Resource Teacher divides time amoung directly instructing students, working with teachers regarding students needs, and co-teaching.

An Inclusion Specialist provides some students instruction, problem solves with teachers, and coordinates the services a student receives.

A Transistion Specialist works in a high school setting and helps prepare students to leave school for vocational training, employment, or postsecondary education.