Teaches secondary school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.
A person in this career:
- Develops and implements strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
- Observes and evaluates students' performance, behavior, social development, and physical health.
- Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
- Teaches socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
- Maintains accurate and complete student records, and prepares reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.
- Meets with other professionals to discuss individual students' needs and progress.
- Employs special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
- Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
- Meets with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and to determine priorities for their children and their resource needs.
- Modifies the general education curriculum for special-needs students, based upon a variety of instructional techniques and technologies.