Teacher Training Guidelines
If you are worried that your child’s special education teacher is not capable of reaching your child, you should not feel concerned, although many parents exhibit the same concern when first placing their child into any teacher’s hands. Any teacher who has received a special education degree has received a thorough training and knows how to meet the special needs of the students.
Before a teacher becomes certified to teach children with special needs, they must first receive a standard teaching degree and pass the provisional programs many schools put in place to make sure they are capable of performing in the classroom. Traditionally, a special education teacher spends at least five years working in the classroom learning how to perfect their teaching while studying additional college courses to receive their master’s degree.
Teachers will focus their master’s degree on special education teaching - often specializing in one type of disability. This is so that their education becomes real to them and they can learn the different mental patterns or comprehensive patterns of children with special needs. Oftentimes they will also volunteer in special needs facilities, so that they are exposed to many children who have special needs.
After all of this extensive training, and after they receive a degree in special education, they are still not allowed to teach professionally in a special education classroom. They must first pass the state certification tests that are required of all special education teachers before they begin to teach students on their own. Additional requirements vary by state, but one thing is for certain, your child will be in very capable hands once he/she enters the classroom.
The state and teaching association understands that your child will need specialized attention, and they are prepared to give the very best to your child. You should not be concerned that your child’s needs aren't being met, as every effort is made to make sure they will be. The state ensures that your child is being well cared for in the classroom.