Becoming a special education teacher may sound like its too difficult, but it is one of the most enjoyable things, You can’t imagine the level of fulfillment you get by knowing that you are making a difference in the lives of people living with disabilities. Below is a step by step guide to becoming a special needs teacher.
Enroll in a teaching program
All schools both public and private requires you to have a bachelors degree which you get to choose depending on your area of interest, although in the recent years’ online classes have become a popular giving you much flexibility. Teaching people with special needs require regular monitoring and evaluation a skill that you have to acquire in class.
Student teaching internship
In partial fulfillment of most degrees universities require students to have some hands-on teaching experience, This is also a requirement in most states it helps build the students confidence and their examiner can determine their areas of strength and weakness. It does not have to be a paid internship mostly volunteering, and you may also be required to research part of the program. Make sure you choose a renowned place of the internship as you are likely to get more challenging tasks.
Even after getting the hand on experience and you degree certificate there is is still one more step before you are allowed to teach in public schools. The law in most states requires one to pass a certification test although the process differs in most states its therefore advisable for you to liaise with your state education department and also look into the requirements of your desired place of employment.
Most states offer certifications depending on your area of specialty or the special needs group that you want to teach, i.e., the deaf, the blind and so on. Having this certificate can help show a potential employer that you are likely to make a considerable difference in persons living with special needs life and you genuinely have in-depth knowledge.
Getting a job
Having fulfilled all the requirements and obtained certifications your path is now clean, You can begin applying for open positions. This is a field well known for its numerous opportunities primarily due to the low human resource. specific areas or specialties are expected to have more potential in the near future, i.e., early childhood development for people with multiple disabilities. Customize your Cv to incorporate all your qualifications, and with this, you are likely to land a well-paying job.
Enroll for masters
Landing a job should not limit you,researchers are continually researching on ways in which they can improve the learning experiences of people living with disabilities areas like their brain development and ability to grasp things taught still remain an open puzzle, advancing your career is an integral part of self fulfillment as an individual and helps you become an important member of the society through fighting for recognition and rights of the less privileged in our society.