Teaches elementary and preschool school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students, and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching and Training pathway.
A person in this career:
- Instructs special needs students in academic subjects, using a variety of techniques, such as phonetics, multisensory learning, or repetition to reinforce learning and meet students' varying needs.
- Develops or implements strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of disabilities.
- Develops individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development.
- Confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, or other professionals to develop individual education plans (IEPs).
- Maintains accurate and complete student records as required by laws, district policies, or administrative regulations.
- Teaches socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification or positive reinforcement.
- Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and procedures for maintaining order among students.
- Modifies the general kindergarten or elementary education curriculum for special-needs students.
- Confers with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioral or academic problems.
- Employs special educational strategies or techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, or memory.
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