Special education is the career for you if you enjoy teaching, working with others one-on-one or in small groups, want to help others, and want to make a difference!
Featured Major: Special Education
General Description: Special education teachers work with students with disabilities that affect their learning. They work with the curriculum by modifying or accommodating it so it is accessible to the students. A special education teacher can work with students as young as preschool age up through high school.
Education Requirements: A career in special education requires at least a bachelor’s degree. There is also the option to get a bachelor’s degree in education (with a concentration in a content area) and minor in special education or you can continue on to get a master’s degree. Also, all teachers that work in a public school must hold a license, or have a certification. Each state has its own requirements when it comes to obtaining the certification.
Types of courses: human development, psychology, sociology, curriculum and instruction, behavior management, and assessment.
Area Colleges with a bachelor’s degree program in special education: Fitchburg State University (MA), Lesley University (MA), Elms College (MA), New England College (NH), Rivier University (NH), Salve Regina University (RI)
Salary and Job Projections: According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in special education is expected to grow 6% by 2022. In 2012, the average salary was $55,060.