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Online Special Education Degrees and Careers


A certificate or degree from a special education program will qualify you to work with a variety of students with special needs. You may be teaching special education to students with learning challenges, behavioral challenges, or in a gifted and talented student program. A job as a special education teacher is only possible after you have completed a special education program and received your state certification.

Special education teaching programs can be found at most universities and colleges, as well as online or through distance-learning programs. Programs available to people interested in teaching special education may include courses in classroom management, behavioral science, and testing techniques.

Then you must complete student teaching or supervised teaching in a special education classroom. You will work directly with students, and receive guidance from the supervising teacher or instructor.

In a special education job, you must track and test each student you work with. For this reason, most special education teachers enjoy a much smaller student-to-teacher ratio than traditional teachers.

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