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Special Education Teacher

POSITION SUMMARY

Special Education Teachers work with a wide range of students that have mental, emotional, learning and physical disabilities. They typically teach basic subjects such as math, reading, writing, and also help their students develop social skills.

Special Education Teachers are responsible for assessing their student’s skills, adapting lessons to meet their student’s needs, and preparing them to transition from grade to grade. They also meet with parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators to discuss student progress and whether specialized education is needed. 

RESPONSIBILITIES

Special Education Teacher responsibilities may include:

  • Design specific tailored curriculums for each student’s needs.
  • Assign homework that is appropriate for the student’s ability.
  • Monitor student progress throughout the school year.
  • Facilitate field trips and other events to maximize learning.
  • Communicate student progress to parents.

 

SKILLS

Students with disabilities need extra attention to prepare them for the world. In order to provide their students with the tools they will need, a skilled Special Education Teacher will:

  • Effectively assess student strengths and weaknesses.
  • Utilize empathy to communicate with students.
  • Possess a strong work ethic to dedicate as much time as a student needs.
  • Utilize creative thinking to keep students engaged.
  • Communicate clearly with administration and parents.


QUALIFICATIONS

To secure a position as a Special Education Teacher, candidates will need at least a Bachelor’s in special education and sometimes even a Master’s Degree. In addition, they will need to acquire a teaching license as well as completing a special education exam.

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SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER INTERVIEW QUESTIONS

  • What would you do if you encountered a parent who was upset about their child’s performance in school?

  • Why did you decide to go into education? More specifically, why did you want to become a Special Education Teacher?

  • Describe a way you solved a problem with a difficult student.

  • Can you tell me what the IEP process is and its component parts? Can you detail what is needed for each portion?

  • Do you have experience working with ESL students?

  • What is one piece of tough feedback about your teaching that you've been given? How did you respond and implement that feedback?

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