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Special Educator

Summary

Special Education is a domain dealing with specially designed methods for instruction, training and support for children with special needs due to disabilities. Such disabilities may include learning disabilities, physical disabilities, developmental disorders and behavioral problems. The aim of special education is to empower children with special needs to successfully cope with their disabilities and develop their skills to the fullest potential.

Career Opportunities as a Special Educator

  • Special Education Teacher
    Special Education Teachers are educators specifically trained to deal with students with a broad range of physical, emotional, learning and motor disabilities. They work to educate such children by teaching them reading, writing, communication and various subjects. They also impart specific skills that help the children to adapt to their surroundings and live happy, adjusted lives. They can find work in public and private schools, NGOs and rehabilitation centres.

How to Become a Special Educator

Stream Graduation After Graduation After Post Graduation
path 1
Clear Class XII in Any streamPursue Bachelors in any discipline for 3 years/ Pursue Bachelors in Education/Special Education for 2 yearsPursue Masters in Special Education for 2 years
path 2
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Bachelors in any discipline for 3 yearsPursue Bachelors in Education/Special Education for 2 years-
path 3
Clear Class XII in any streamPursue Bachelors in any discipline for 3 yearsPursue Post Graduate Diploma Programme in Early Childhood Special Education/Special Education for 1 year-

Important Facts

  • B.A./B.Sc.with 2 teaching subjects. With minimum 50% aggregate OR B.Ed with minimum 50%

Leading Institutes

Top Special Education Institutes in India
College Location Website
Lady Irwin College New Delhi www.ladyirwin.edu.in/index.aspx
Jamia Millia Islamia New Delhi www.jmi.ac.in/
Kurukshetra University Kurukshetra www.kuk.ac.in/
Banaras Hindu University Uttar Pradesh www.bhu.ac.in/
SNDT Women's University Mumbai www.sndt.ac.in/
Andhra University Vishakhapatnam www.andhrauniversity.edu.in/
Helen Keller College of Special Education Andhra Pradesh www. http
Tamana New Delhi www.tamana.org/
National Institute for the Mentally Handicapped Maharashtra www.nimhindia.gov.in/
Action for Autism New Delhi www.autism-india.org/
Panjab University Chandigarh www.puchd.ac.in/
Top Special Education Institutes in the World
Institution Location Website
Londons Global University United Kingdom www.ucl.ac.uk/
Vanderbilt University United States www.vanderbilt.edu/
University of Cambridge United Kingdom www.cam.ac.uk
Ohio State University United States www.osu.edu/
University of Florida United States www.ufl.edu/
University of Wisconsin-Madison United States www.wisc.edu/
University of New South Wales Australia www.unsw.edu.au/
LaTrobe University Australia www.latrobe.edu.au/
University of Sydney Australia www.sydney.edu.au/
University of Manchester United Kingdom www.manchester.ac.uk/
University of Bristol United Kingdom www.bristol.ac.uk/

Important Entrance Exams

Postgraduate
Institution Tentative Date Important Elements Website
Lady Irwin College B.Ed Special Education (MR) Entrance June General Knowledge, Mental and Teaching aptitude, English Comprehension, General. Aptitude, Subject Test www.ladyirwin.edu.in/bed_special_education.aspx
Jamia Millia Islamia B.Ed Special Education Entrance June General Ability, Language Proficiency, Subject Comprehension www.jmi.ac.in/aboutjamia/departments/Non-Formal-Education/courses-name/BEdSpecial_Education-257/1
Banaras Hindu University UET June Teaching aptitude, Reasoning, Current Educational Scenario, Subject Knowledge www.bhuonline.in/

Work Description

These professionals are involved with special children, i.e., children with developmental disorders, learning disabilities, etc.
  • Administer tests to help determine children's developmental levels, needs, or potential
  • Arrange indoor or outdoor space to facilitate creative play, motor-skill activities, or safety
  • Collaborate with other teachers or administrators to develop, evaluate, or revise pre-school programmes
  • Confer with parents, guardians, teachers, counselors, or administrators to resolve students' behavioural or academic problems
  • Develop individual educational plans (IEPs) designed to promote students' educational, physical, or social development
  • Employ special educational strategies or techniques
  • Modify the general education curriculum for special-needs of students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies

Pros & Cons of a Career as a Special Educator

Pros
  • It is a highly rewarding career, with the opportunity to make a difference to a child’s life.
  • There is a dearth of highly qualified and trained special educators in India, so jobs are readily available for those who are skilled.
Cons
  • The work can be physically and emotionally demanding.
  • Special education teachers do not always get the appreciation and respect they deserve.
  • A lot of time has to be spent in planning and developing educational charts and plans.
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