Special Education

5 Things to Know Before Making the Transition from Teaching General Education to Special Education

Before 1975, the history of special education in this country was one where students with disabilities were not guaranteed access to free, appropriate public education in the United States. In many cases, students with physical, mental, and learning disabilities were suspended and expelled from public school districts that didn’t have the training or desire to educate them.

INFOGRAPHIC: Prevalence, Requirements, and Outlook for Teaching Students with Special Education Needs

This interactive infographic (courtesy of Saint Joseph's) illustrates current and future special needs education outlook for each of the fifty states in the US.

Currently, 6,480,540 disabled students live in America, dispersed in varying concentrations across the country. On this map, the different shades of green that color the US map range from a pale green, representing only 20,000 disabled students with special education needs, to a dark green, signifying a staggering 600,000 disabled students. These stu…

Organizations for Special Education Teachers

Special Education is defined as the practice of educating students who are faced with developmental, physical, and/or neurological delays. These special needs are at a level of severity that they cannot be met in a typical general education classroom. Special education programs cover a wide range of disabilities and learning differences, including but not limited to:

  • Attention Deficit (Hyperactivity) Disorder
  • Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Speech and/or Language Impairment
  • Learning Disabilities
  • Blindness / Visual Impairment
  • Deafness / Hard of Hearing

Click here to learn more about special education, as well as a complete list of disabilities recognized by the IDEA and DSM-IV.

Knowing and understanding special needs are only half the battle, especially if you’re a