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Teach Students with Disabilities in California (Special Education)

Being a special educator is an opportunity to have a positive, lasting impact on the lives of children and youth with special needs. Do you have good problem-solving skills? Enjoy collaboration with others? Like a challenge? Can multi-task? Can empathize with parents? Explore more of your options now.

Special educators have the unique opportunity to inspire students to achieve their educational, social, emotional, vocational goals and a life of value. Explore your teaching options now.
You will need to meet the credential requirements as you demonstrate knowledge of the content and methods of teaching students with disabilities.
Those interested in becoming a special educator in California public schools have many options based on your situation, education, and experience.
Learn what resources and supports can help you to become a California special education teacher.
Students are placed in classrooms and other environments so they can learn to the best of their ability. These environments, listed from least to most restrictive, can include places such as a general education classroom, inclusion classroom, resource room, and off-site locations such as hospitals. Learn more.
Access helpful special education-related resources to learn more about the field. Select ‘special education’ in the ‘subject’ pull-down.