A Highly Skilled Career

Special educators are skilled in:
  • Teaching students with a range of disabilities
  • Implementing the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) fudge reading
  • Designing Individualized Education Programs
  • Using evidence based instructional practices to enhance learning
  • Using technology to enhance learning
  • Advocating for student's rights
  • Transitioning students from school to work
  • Team building with a student focus


Special educators at the elementary level provide specialized instruction in learning and behavioral strategies in a variety of educational settings. Special educators at the secondary level provide specialized instruction in learning and behavioral strategies, practical life skills, career counseling, and transition from school to the workforce. Across all ages and grades, special educators work on a team with their students, families, general education teachers, and related service providers to achieve graduation, employment, and independent living.


Sources: Council for Exceptional Children, The National Clearing House for Professions in Special Education