Careers & Jobs in Special Education

Information about the responsibilities and job opportunities in the field of special education

The development of the field of special education has evolved as part of a social revolution that began in the 1960s and matured in the 1970s. Special education reflects a powerful national move to include all children in appropriate educational programs. Exceptional children are entitled by law to a free appropriate public education. This education depends on the skill, knowledge, and commitment of their teachers who must be educated in the arts and sciences, as well as having strong knowledge in their specializations (Connor, 1997).

For those individuals considering a career in special education, there are many possible roles that they may assume. These roles vary from classroom teachers, in either special or inclusion education classrooms, to resource teachers or consultant teachers supporting both students and other teachers who are working with students with special needs. For more information on careers, visit theĀ Career Center of the Council for Exceptional Children.

As noted by the Council for Exceptional Children (1998), the quality of educational services for children and youth with exceptionalities resides in the abilities, qualifications, and competencies of the personnel who provide the services. The goal of the teacher education programs in the Division of Special Education at The University at Albany is to prepare these skilled and competent special education teachers.

Certified special education teachers are in demand in both public schools and private agencies. For up-to-date information, check the web site maintained by theĀ Council for Exceptional Children.