Children with special needs require teachers who are well-qualified to cater to their needs. If you aspire to pursue a career involving mentally or physically challenged children and bringing about change in their lives by developing their learning abilities, an online degree in special education can be appropriate.This course will train you mental retardation and learning disabilities, speech and language impairments, emotional disturbances, hearing or visual impairment, and autism of special children. The initial qualification required for developing a career in this field is similar to that of K-12 teachers. But you also need to opt for specialization training in this education.Types of Online Degrees in Special EducationAn online associate degree in this cours has a comprehensive curriculum which will help you to become special education teaching aides, developmental specialists and learning disability specialists. With this degree, you can also work as a teaching assistant using interactive technology and equipment in elementary, middle and high schools.The coursework includes principles of this degree is child growth and development, abnormal psychology and family and community in exceptionality. The minimum qualification for this course is bachelor degree. The coursework includes related areas like creation of curriculum, strategic management of disruptive behavior, usage of technology in the learning experience.Some of the specialization areas in special education are educational psychology, learning and behavior disabilities, legal issues of special education and child growth and development. Training in special therapy is also offered like speech therapy, adaptive PE, occupational therapy, physical therapy, counseling, vocational training, self-help assistance, and special transportation. Others training provided include developing an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for each student so that you are aware of the expectations and evaluation modalities which suits best for the child with special needs.
Special education in our schools is something that is very serious, and it costs a lot of money. We have some of the best and brightest figuring out how to do it correctly, and keep the costs low so we can afford to operate our school systems for all the kids. It is quite a challenge for us, but it is a major responsibility and a task we cannot ignore. If you’d like to read more information on this very serious subject I’d like to recommend a very good book to you.This book explains the ins and outs of the reality behind what’s going on. It’s interesting that this book is well over 20 years old, but the same problems they’ve identified previously are the exact issues and problems that we have now. The name of the book is;”Educational Administration and Special Education: a Handbook for School Administrators” by C. Lamar Myers, 1982This is basically a Handbook for School Administrators, and although these curriculums had changed since it was originally published in 1982 most everything holds true today. Especially the concerns identified in the book concerning the funding of local and rural special-education, and the procedures that we use. We still have a shortage of qualified personnel in this field and that will probably continue and increase into the future.The book also explains the history, which is quite fascinating and important to understand, so you can understand how we got to where we are today. The book also covers several other important topics such as;
What Are Sensory Disabilities
Issues with Hearing, Behavioral Disorders
Differences Between Small and Large School Districts
The Politics of Special-Education
Originally the rules were; not mainstreaming, rather “least restrictive alternative” or the least restrictive environment. Next, there were master plans for special education set up across the country. The author poses some questions that to this day still have not been rightfully addressed in special ed in many places. And goes into an in-depth look at; IEP’s -Individual Education Plans; but first an assessment is needed. I hope you will please consider all this.
Are you a parent of a child with autism or another disability, who is considering filing for a due process hearing? Do you wonder how to organize the documents that have to be given, to special education personnel and the hearing officer? Then this article is for you. You will learn specifically how to prepare your child’s school records for a due process hearing.If you have filed for a due process hearing, ask for a complete copy of your child’s school record, temporary and permanent.When you receive the records put them in date order. Put the older records on the bottom and the newer records on the top. Before you get ready to look at them, you need a few things. Get a pad of paper, pens, small thin post it notes that come in bright colors, small post it notes, and larger post it notes.Start going through the records, older records first, and anything useful put a colorful thin post it note sticking out. Write on the post it note what you found. Do not write on original documents, because they will have to be copied at some point. Take notes on what evidence you found that will help your case, and where you found it.This may take you a while so try to get someone to help you. After you have looked at your child’s entire school record, start over. Look at the post it notes. Any document that will help your case take out and start a new pile, older documents on the bottom, newer documents on the top. Now you have an idea of what evidence is in your child’s school record that you can use.Any school records not used, place in a box. Do not get rid of them, in case you find out later that you need something in the box. Make sure that the records that you will use are in date order, older on the bottom and newer on the top.Now separate the documents left, and only take specific pages that you need. For example: If you want to use parts of an IEP, only keep the sign in page, the meeting notice, and whatever parts that you need. Now you should have only the specific documents that you need for your case! Also, don’t forget to include documents that may rebut the school districts case.The documents must be numbered by document number; do that first. On the newest document that you want to use put a number (I use P-1), next document (P-2) and so on, until every document is numbered. Now write or type a list of all of the documents that you will be using, and what their numbers are, make 3 copies.Now go back to the newest document and number the pages. So if the first document has 7 pages it would be page one, page two, page three etc. Put the page number, on the bottom right. The next document would start on page 8. When you are done numbering all of the pages, write or type a list of what documents are on what pages, and make three copies. For example: Document 1 page 1-7, Document 2 pages 8-10, Document 3 page 11-14 etc.Get large 3 ring binders and place the documents in them. Older documents at the end, newer documents at the beginning. You need three sets of documents, and you may need more than one binder for these documents. At the beginning of each binder put the document number list, and the page list. Put labels on the front, that state who gets what binder. According to IDEA, school personnel must receive their binder 5 school days before the hearing. The hearing officer usually gets their document binder at the hearing.By knowing how to prepare your documents, you will better be able to represent your child at a due process hearing. Good luck!