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What is special education?
Special Education consists of specially designed instruction and related services necessary to meet the unique needs of students whose educational needs cannot be met by simply modifying the regular instructional program. Special Education provides a full range of program options and its goal is to meet, in the least restrictive environment, the educational and service needs of individuals with exceptional needs. There is a critical shortage of special educators who teach students with low-incidence, mild/moderate, and moderate/severe disabilities.
What do special educators do?
You can read about the role of special educators. To learn even more, select a video in the “Watch a Video” section to the right and watch video interviews of special education teachers who have different specialty areas.
Is becoming a special educator the right career choice for me?
A good start to a career is getting experience in a special needs setting as a paraeducator or volunteering through service learning. Take the time to find out where special education teachers work, the kind of pay you can expect, and the requirements for becoming a credentialed special educator.
Learn more about the opportunities in special education!
There are a variety of career opportunities available in special education that require either a California teaching credential or a California professional license.
- Careers that require a teaching or services credential:
- Careers that require professional license:
Our Frequently Asked Questions page has specific credential and related information for some special education careers.
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