The Importance Of A Special Education Teacher

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Have you ever imagined the world of teaching through the eyes of a special education teacher? It takes a unique person to educate children with disabilities. The career of a special education teacher is an interesting career, because you get to help children overcome obstacles and become productive citizens. The research will describe the career of a special education teacher, what is required to become a successful special education teacher, and the impact this career has on society. To begin with, the career of special education started about fifty years ago. Before Legislation there were approximately five million children who were ineligible to receive equal education. Then in the early 1900s, advocacy groups were started to fight for special education equality. During the 1950s, laws were passed that provided the training needed for teachers who worked in the field of special education. Later on in the 1970s, multiple Acts were passed regarding special education. These Acts were the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Education for all Handicapped Children Act, which was passed in 1975. Next, in 1975, the Education for All Handicapped Children Act guaranteed rights to all disabled children to be given suitable education (Special Education History). Afterward, in 1997, the Education for All Handicapped Children act was revised and became the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). IDEA provided children with disabilities equal education and any personal attention needed for them (Special Education History). Then, in the early 2000s, the No Child Left Behind Act implemented rules and regulations that ensured students with disabilities would receive appropriate funding and access to technology and other needed reso... ... middle of paper ... ...ere are many chances for advanced for special education teachers. They could become mentors or lead teachers. Career advancement would require additional training, education, degrees and certifications. Career advancement would also require additional duties.They may become principals, assistant principals counselors or coordinators. If one wished to become an instructional coordinator, they would have to review and recommend textbooks to teachers. They would analyze student data for tests and plan workshops. Therefore, each career would require different duties. After studying the career of a special education teacher in depth, I would not be interested in making this my career objective because I don’t meet the required personality traits needed for this career. I would also not be interested in this career due to the hazards these educators face while teaching.
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