Did you know research revealed that 75% of those who teach special needs students will leave their job within 10 years of starting?
One of the major reasons for this is special education teachers have a higher rate of burnout than is found in most other jobs. Needless to say, teaching at any level can be difficult. Though the pandemic-related problems are certainly new, teaching has always had specific hitches, as does any profession. Furthermore, working with children with special needs is quite stressful as it requires more attention.
Major Challenges of Special Education Teachers
Let us go through some of the big and major challenges that special education teachers are always facing …
The shortage of skilled and professional special education teachers is prevalent all across the world. The BLS projects an 8% growth in employment for K-12 special education teachers by 2026. Also, the pay is still a big question mark. Teachers need to supplement with a side gig. Nevertheless, it’s worth noting that preschool special education teachers are an exclusion, with employment growth expected to increase by 11% through 2026.
Managing the various problems of an inclusive classroom is yet another challenge for special education teachers. Also, the concept of having classrooms that cover both special needs students and students who are evolving typically is becoming a popular one. It brings new challenges for a special education teacher.
Apart from the above-mentioned major problems, here are a few more challenges that special education teachers always face ---
The Bottom Line
The reward of this profession is getting children into the right programs for their requirements. There is a sufficient number of moments that make the job very rewarding. Special Education courses prepare the teaching professionals who want to make a career out of it. It is designed to equip you with the skills needed to effectively work with these students.
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