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What Does a Special Education Teacher Do?

May 20, 2013

Special education teachers are people who make amazing impacts on the lives they touch. Although special education is not necessarily an easy field to be in, teachers who choose it are often excited about getting to work with students and see them grow and change. We hear the term “special education teacher” so often that we sometimes forget what this type of teacher actually does. Continue reading to discover the duties of a special education teacher, and learn why they are so important to kids with disabilities.


What is a special education teacher?

A special education teacher is an educator who is specially trained to teach children who have disabilities/special needs. Special education teachers are typically gifted in multi-tasking, as they must help their students learn as well as help modify students’ behaviour. Special education teachers also aid in a student’s social development. These teachers must spend years in an accredited school to earn the credentials they need to teach special education students.

What are the duties of a special education teacher?

Special education teachers are responsible for creating and implementing educational techniques that are applicable to their students who have disabilities and special needs. This type of teacher usually works with a student’s parents and health care professionals to assist with a child’s overall development. Special education teachers obviously have a great deal of responsibility, and are often quite instrumental in the present and future success of a student.

Are you a special education teacher?

If you are a special education teacher, we want to hear from you. Feel free to comment on this blog post and answer one or more of the following questions:

What led you to become a special education teacher?
What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?
What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

If you are the parent of a child with special needs whose life has been touched by a special education teacher, leave a comment and share your positive experience with the disability community of Canada. We appreciate your feedback. Thank you for following the Disability Living blog!

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