What Is Required to Be a Special Education Teacher?

Discussion in 'Special Ed 101' started by dollycind, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. dollycind

    dollycind New Member

    What Is Required to Be a Special Ed Teacher?
  2. LittleDudesMom

    LittleDudesMom Well-Known Member Staff Member

    [h=4]Education and Certification Requirements for Teaching Special Education[/h]Every state requires Special Education Teachers to be licensed. A bachelor's degree in a Special Education Teaching program is the minimum requirement for licensing in many states, but some states and employers require a master's degree. Many states also offer an alternative licensing program for candidates with a bachelor's degree not related to teaching. Most Special Education Teachers are first licensed in general education for kindergarten through grade 12 before obtaining Special Education Teaching certification. Employers may require further certification in specialized fields, such as teaching students with visual impairments. Additional board certification is offered through professional organizations, including the American Academy of Special Education Professionals (www.aasep.org).

    The laws do vary from state to state and from public to private schools.