- Serve Others
As a special education teacher, you will have the opportunity to serve students with disabilities and their families an incredibly rewarding and humbling experience.
- Make a Difference
One of the biggest rewards of being a teacher is the ability to make a difference every single day. As a special education teacher, you will get to teach your students academic, social, and behavioral skills that they will use throughout their lives. The simple lessons you teach every day will have a lifelong impact on your students.
- Opportunity to be a Lifelong Learner
Teachers are provided with the opportunity to be lifelong learners. As a special education teacher, you will be encouraged to continue learning through professional developments and networking with other teachers. Special education teachers learn something new from students every day.
Students with disabilities are unique individuals with a variety of needs. As a special education teacher, you will be challenged to discover the specific interventions that will fulfill the needs of your students. Figuring out what each student needs is like having a new puzzle to solve every single day.
- Build relationships with students and families
Special education teachers often teach fewer students than do their general education counterparts. In addition, special education teachers often work with the same group of students over the course of several years. The small class size and increased time working with students will allow you to build strong relationships with your students and their families.
- Job Prospects
Illinois is facing a teacher shortage. As a certified special education teacher, you will be in demand by school districts.
Becoming a special education teacher will be the most challenging, rewarding, exciting experience of your life where there is ample opportunity to touch lives and grow as a professional and a human being. Hug a special education teacher today!