Definition

“I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities”. ~Clay Aiken

“I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That’s what I planned to do with my life”. ~Clay Aiken

What do you imagine when you think about special education? You might picture children with disabilities spending the day tucked away in a different kind of classroom, separated from most of the kids their age. This may have been the norm in the past. But as the field of special education has moved forward, much has changed.

Special education still focuses on helping children with disabilities. But this no longer has to mean placing kids in a special classroom all day long. In fact, Federal Law requires that students who receive special educational services be taught alongside their non-disabled peers as much as possible.

For example, some students with dyslexia may spend most of the day in a general educational classroom. They may spend just an hour or two in a resource room working with a specialist on reading and other skills. Other students with dyslexia might need more support than that. And others might need to attend a different school that specializes in teaching kids with learning disabilities.

“Special education refers to a range of services that can be provided in different ways and in different settings.”:

There are around 35 diploma and degree courses in special education in India specially meant for special students. Most of these courses are managed by the Rehabilitation Council of India to offer a rehabilitation to the specially-abled children in their life.

Duties of Special Education Teachers

Special education teachers typically do the following: