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If there’s one thing I’ve noticed since entering the field of Special Education, it’s that more and more students are being diagnosed with special needs every day. What many people may now know is that being diagnosed as a student with special needs does not necessarily equal a child with a disability or disorder. Some of my students have simply missed out on a lot of school in prior years, are competent in some areas but falling behind in others, or have behavioural issues that conflict with pen-and-paper teaching methods.
With more and more students being diagnosed with special needs, there is a growing demand for teachers with special needs qualifications. It’s rather straightforward actually. If you were an employer looking at two potential employees - one with your regular education degree and another with the same degree plus extra qualifications - who would you call first?
When I graduated from college last year, I taught as a substitute for 6 months because there were simply no long term positions being advertised. However, I was looking for work in the city and that is a highly competitive area for teachers, graduates or not. If you’re a graduate looking for a long term position, you’re probably more likely to find one away from the city in a small town or rural area. But if you don’t mind doing some substitute work before throwing yourself into full time teaching, then the city is where you’ll want to be.
Before I graduated, I had no idea what my salary would be like, but it’s not like teachers go into the profession for the money! Substitute work pays relatively well, however there is little job security in it. Fixed positions pay about the same or slightly less depending on whether you work in the public or private sector, but on the bright side you have job security. I believe substitute teaching is actually a useful way of forging relationships with a range of schools in case a position presents itself in the future…
Even though I didn’t study to be a special needs educator exclusively, I love my class and I love my job. Just as there are some things you can’t do in a class of students with special needs, there are things you CAN do with these students that you normally wouldn’t attempt in a typical class. These are often the things that make my job and their learning all the more rewarding. :)