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Special Education

What is Special Education?

Special education describes an educational alternative that focuses on the teaching of students with academic, behavioral, health, or physical needs that cannot sufficiently be met using traditional educational programs or techniques. Special Education services now extend past school-age into adulthood, as a better understanding of life-long learning has been gained. It includes school-based activities as well as family and community activities, and has become a major testing ground for better teaching for all children, not simply children with disabilities. 

CWU Department of Education: Special Education

Related Career Titles
Adapted PE TeacherAutism Center Mgr-TeacherCamp Director
Child PsychologistCounselorCreative Arts Therapist
Day-Care Center OwnerEducational AdvocateSchool Teacher
Special Needs TeacherSpeech PathologistEmployee Development Specialist
Employment InterviewerLanguage/AudiologistLibrarian
LobbyistOccupational TherapistOrientation and Mobility Specialist
Peace Corps/Vista WorkerStudent Teacher AdvisorTeacher - Adult Education
English as a Second LanguagePhysical TherapistProfessor
Recreational TherapistRehab CounselorResearch Assistant
School PrincipalSchool PsychologistSocial Worker
Hearing Impaired Educ.Tutor 
Special Needs may include but are not limited to the following:
ADD/ADHDAutismBrain Injury
Emotional/Behavioral DisordersHearing ImpairedLD
MDDVisually ImpairedAcademically Gifted
Related Major Skills
Ability to planInteract well with others
PatienceAccepting of differences
Variety of teaching techniquesCreativity
Work with students individuallyWork in variety of settings
Communication with parentsGood communication skills
Knowledge of legal issuesWell organized
Work with groupsAdaptable and flexible
Technology skillsEnjoy challenges
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