Career as Special Need Teacher

Stream : Education and Training
Sub Stream : Special Education Teacher

For the longest time, a specially-abled child would be left at home, neglected by their helpless parents. They were rendered completely dependent on [people around them and not be given a chance to explore their abilities. Luckily since the last few years that there is a realisation to pay heed to the largely ignored sector of Special Needs Education and finally it has gained momentum in India. 

 

WHAT IS SPECIAL EDUCATION ?

Special education is basically personalised teaching given to specially-abled children. It  aims at providing an encouragement and support to the special need child to take part in school, family and other social set-ups, develop their communication and pick-up skills necessary to live a independent life.

 

WHAT DOES AN SPECIAL NEED TEACHER DO ?

Special educators work for students with hearing, vision, behavioural, physical or intellectual disabilities, or special needs in learning or communication. They help  them in adopting to basic literacy, independent living skills and communication skills. The work of special education teacher can be emotionally demanding and physically draining. 

 

WHAT QUALITIES YOU NEED TO BE A SPECIAL NEED TEACHER?

While looking for a job, we search about the responsibilities, scope, qualification etc required for a particular. But we often forget the most important factors  i.e career interest, Aptitude and personality, needed to be considered, while applying for a job. 

Some of the basic aptitude, personality and interest required to succeed in this career are-

           INTEREST

             APTITUDE

               PERSONALITY

               Social-

  • This job title is also suitable for someone who is social which indicates that someone, who is good at face to face interaction, and have  ability build a rapport with students.

 

  • Also  someone who likes  to assist others in their development.   

              Spontaneous

  • -As special teacher need you need have a quick thinking and decision-making skills.

 

  •  You must learn how to not panic and take matters inhand in case of any unfavorable situation .

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                   Passive-

  • A special need educator needs to have skills like understanding of human pyschology and emotions, as well as empathy and patience towards to specially-abled children.

 

  • The work of special education teacher can be emotionally demanding and physically draining, so in order to survive in this industry you must  be someone who is accommodating and not easily annoyed.

 

 

 


 

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HOW TO BECOME AN SPECIAL NEED TEACHER ?

  • A person with passion to teach special need kids can do by either doing a diploma course or a bachelor of special education
  • To pursue diploma course 10+2 is the minimum requirement
  • For bachelor course a candidate must already have  bachelor degree from a recognised university.
  • There are also Masters course in special education for which requirement is bachelor degree in special education.
  • There are aslo post-graduate diplomas courses in specific areas: autism, , visually impaired, intellectual disability, learning difficulties, etc.
  • The candidates are required to undergo an NCTE recognised six-month special programme.

 

DEGREES AND SPECIALISATION IN SPECIAL NEED TEACHING -

  • Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Hearing Impaired)
  •  Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Special Education)
  •  Bachelor of Education (B.Ed. Visually Handicapped)
  •  Bachelor of Special Education (Hearing Impairment) B.S.Ed (HI)
  •  Diploma in Special Education (Cerebral Palsy) DSE (CP)
  •  Diploma in Special Education (Hearing Impaired) DSE (HI)
  •  Diploma in Special Education (Mental Retardation) DSE (MR)
  •  Diploma in Special Education (Visually Handicapped) DSE (VH)
  •  Diploma in Vocational Training and Employment (Mental Retardation) DVTE (MR)
  •  Jr. Diploma in Teaching the Deaf
  •  Master of Education (Hearing Impaired) M.Ed. (HI)
  •  Master of Education (M.Ed. (Spl.Edu))
  •  Post Graduate Diploma in Special Education (Multiple, Disabilities, Physically and Neurological)
  •  Sr. Diploma in Teaching the Dea
  •  Special Education Teachings training institutes in india,

 

 SPECIAL EDUCATION TRAINING INSTITUTE IN INDIA -

College

Location

Lady Irwin College

New Delhi

Jamia Millia Islamia

New Delhi

Kurukshetra University

Kurukshetra

Banaras Hindu University

Uttar Pradesh

SNDT Women's University

Mumbai

Andhra University

Vishakhapatnam

Helen Keller College of Special Education

Andhra Pradesh

Tamana

New Delhi

National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped

Maharashtra

Action for Autism

New Delhi

Panjab University

Chandigarh

 

There are also 6 months and 1 year  special need training certication and diploma programs offered by various teacher training centres like -

  • Safal Teacher's training
  • Vidhyanidhi Education Society
  • National academy
  • Asian college of teachers.

 

CAREERS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION/ JOB PROSPECTS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION -

Special Educators are not just restricted to schools and colleges, as one may expect.

There are various facilities that need people with their specified skill set, like-

  • Special schools: Commonly, you will find special educators working at special schools, assisting students with special needs in honing their academic skills.
  • Rehabilitation centre: A large number of public and private rehabilitation centres that require special educators
  • Private support: Just like any other career, special educators also get to choose between working in public sector and private sector. Especially in India, it is very common to find special need teacher working independently. They can also work part-time in any of the aforementioned facilities while privately tutoring students as well.

The careers in Special Education includes different opportunities like teacher, instructors, consultant as well as  curriculum developer.


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