Profession special educational needs teacher

Special educational needs teachers work with and teach children, young people, and adults with an intellectual or physical disability. They use a range of specialised concepts, strategies and tools to optimise learners' communication, mobility, autonomy, and social integration. They select teaching methods and support resources to enable individual learners to maximise their potential for independent living.

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Personality Type

  • Social / Artistic
  • Social / Investigative
  • Social / Realistic

Knowledge

  • Special needs education

    The teaching methods, equipment and settings used to support students with special needs in achieving succes in school or community.

  • Special needs learning equipment

    The materials used by a special needs teacher for training students with special educational needs in their classes, more specifically tools such as sensory equipment and equipment for stimulating motor skills.

  • Disability types

    The nature and types of disabilities affecting the human beings such as physical, cognitive, mental, sensory, emotional or developmental and the specific needs and access requirements of disabled people.

  • Children's physical development

    Recognise and describe the development, observing the following criteria: weight, length, and head size, nutritional requirements, renal function, hormonal influences on development, response to stress, and infection.

  • Disability care

    The specific methods and practices used in providing care to people with physical, intellectual and learning disabilities.

  • Learning needs analysis

    The process of analysing a student's learning needs through observation and testing, potentially followed by the diagnosis of a learning disorder and a plan for additional support.

  • Curriculum objectives

    The goals identified in curricula and defined learning outcomes.

Skills

  • Give constructive feedback

    Provide founded feedback through both criticism and praise in a respectful, clear, and consistent manner. Highlight achievements as well as mistakes and set up methods of formative assessment to evaluate work.

  • Assess the development of youth

    Observe and assess the developmental needs of children and young people in all aspects of their developmental, identity, emotional, social, linguistic and communication needs.

  • Perform classroom management

    Maintain discipline and engage students during instruction.

  • Adapt teaching to student's capabilities

    Identify the learning struggles and successes of students. Select teaching and learning strategies that support students’ individual learning needs and goals.

  • Maintain relations with children's parents

    Inform children`s parents of the activities planned, program`s expectations and children`s individual progress.

  • Assist students in their learning

    Support and coach students in their work, give learners practical support and encouragement.

  • Assist children with special needs in education settings

    Assist children with special needs, identifying their needs, modifying classroom equipment to accommodate them and helping them participate in school activities.

  • Apply intercultural teaching strategies

    Ensure that the content, methods, materials and the general learning experience is inclusive for all students and takes into account the expectations and experiences of learners from diverse cultural backgrounds. Explore individual and social stereotypes and develop cross-cultural teaching strategies.

  • Guarantee students' safety

    Ensure all students falling under an instructor or other person’s supervision are safe and accounted for. Follow safety precautions in the learning situation.

  • Motivate others

    Direct other people's behaviour by providing them with a convincing reason for action.

  • Demonstrate when teaching

    Present to others examples of your experience, skills, and competences that are appropriate to specific learning content to help students in their learning.

  • Support the positiveness of youths

    Help children and young people to assess their social, emotional and identity needs and to develop a positive self image, enhance their self esteem and improve their self reliance.

  • Assist students with equipment

    Provide assistance to students when working with (technical) equipment used in practice-based lessons and solve operational problems when necessary.

  • Encourage students to acknowledge their achievements

    Stimulate students to appreciate their own achievements and actions to nurture confidence and educational growth.

  • Assist in children's development of basic personal skills

    Encourage and facilitate the development of children's natural curiosity and social and language abilities through creative and social activities such as storytelling, imaginative play, songs, drawing, and games.

  • Implement care programmes for children

    Perform activities with children according to their physical, emotional, intellectual and social needs by using appropriate tools and equipment that facilitate interaction and learning activities.

  • Support children's wellbeing

    Provide an environment that supports and values children and helps them to manage their own feelings and relationships with others.

  • Stimulate students' independence

    Encourage students with special needs to perform tasks independently, without the help from a caregiver and teach them personal independence skills.

  • Apply teaching strategies

    Employ various approaches, learning styles, and channels to instruct students, such as communicating content in terms they can understand, organising talking points for clarity, and repeating arguments when necessary. Use a wide range of teaching devices and methodologies appropriate to the class content, the learners' level, goals, and priorities.

  • Provide specialised instruction for special needs students

    Instruct students in need of specialised attention, often in small groups, catering to their individual needs, disorders, and disabilities. Promote the psychological, social, creative or physical development of children and teenagers using specific methods such as concentration exercises, role-plays, movement training, and painting.

  • Prepare lesson content

    Prepare content to be taught in class in accordance with curriculum objectives by drafting exercises, researching up-to-date examples etc.

  • Observe student's progress

    Follow up on students’ learning progress and assess their achievements and needs.

  • Manage children's problems

    Promote the prevention, early detection, and management of children`s problems, focusing on developmental delays and disorders, behavioural problems, functional disabilities, social stresses, mental disorders including depression, and anxiety disorders.

  • Manage student relationships

    Manage the relations between students and between student and teacher. Act as a just authority and create an environment of trust and stability.

Optional knowledge and skills

mobility disability provide lesson materials secondary school procedures teach sign language hearing disability teach primary education class content liaise with educational support staff assess students liaise with educational staff escort students on a field trip manage resources for educational purposes provide learning support work with virtual learning environments perform playground surveillance learning difficulties attend to children's basic physical needs teach braille development delays assessment processes promote the safeguarding of young people support people with hearing impairment kindergarten school procedures consult students on learning content teach secondary education class content visual disability communication disorders communication related to hearing impairment facilitate motor skill activities organise creative performance primary school procedures advise on lesson plans maintain students' discipline common children's diseases teach kindergarten class content workplace sanitation behavioural disorders teach digital literacy

Common job titles

  • Education specialist iv – special education coordinator
  • Community education coordinator
  • Special education teacher - immediate hire 2017/2018
  • 2017-2018 homebound teacher
  • Special education teacher - social studies
  • Psychology & sociology teacher- high school
  • Teacher - special education ed-p
  • Writing, undergraduate school - adjunct faculty
  • Education research analyst
  • Special education co-teacher