Special need Teacher spent their most of their working day providing instruction and dealing with unexpected as well as routine situations. They work hard with children who have physical or development disabilities, hearing ,visual, speech or language disabilities, learning disabilities, behavior disorders or mental illness and high intelligence or talent.
Special education teachers must be organized, patient, able to motivate students, understanding of their students' special needs, and accepting of differences in others. All States require teachers to be licensed; traditional licensing requires the completion of a special education teacher training program and at least a bachelor's degree, although some States require a master's degree. Many States offer alternative licensure programs to attract college graduates who do not have training in education. Excellent job prospects are expected due to rising enrollments of special education students and reported shortages of qualified teachers.
Special need children must understand the unique characteristics of each student and choose or develop appropriate instructional programs and methods. Teaching technique and methods very with the particular disability or special talent but, in general, special need teachers.
· Work closely with parents and professional from community agencies.
· Perform diagnostic assessment to determine student strength and are of need.
· Develop educational goals, objective and individualized program plans.
· Choose or develop specially design instructional methods and materials.
· Prepare and present lessons.
Their working environments and responsibility may very considerably. For example special need teacher may teach all or most subjects for a class of children who have a variety of disability or a particular type of difficulties and meet with students from regular school classrooms on an individual basis or in small groups and work in co-operation with classrooms teacher to help children who have learning disability language deficiencies or academic deficiencies. Finally the teacher can work with therapist in special clinics which children visit for assessment, therapy or instruction.