Career Story: Special Education Teacher In A Suburban High School

Special Education Teacher In A Suburban High School

Job Title: Teacher

Type of Company: I work for a school district in a suburban area.

Education: BA, Psychology, Iona College •• BA, Special Education, Georgia State University •• MA, Education/Administration, The College of St. Rose

Previous Experience: (1 year) Mental Health Worker: Four Winds Psychiatric Hospital (1 year) Teacher/Counselor: St. Coleman (School to Work Program) (3 years) Special Education Teacher: Newnan High School (3 years) Special Education Teacher: Niskayuna High School

Job Tasks: One of my responsibilities is organizing and teaching the GED program. I work with students individually to prepare them for the New York state GED exam. I provide subject related lessons, feedback and previous work for the students to look at and practice. I administer tests for the students to practice before the exam and help them identify their areas of strengths and weaknesses. I also complete all of the applications for the students as well as the New York state statistics.

My primary responsibility is to help students who are struggling with their academics. I communicate and work with over forty teachers and the parents of our students so that everyone is aware of student progress. I work closely with the students to help them stay organized for each day as well as help them study for tests. Many of the students need help with keeping track of missing assignments, getting caught up with work, preparing for the next topic that will be taught in the classroom, preparing for finals and New York State Regents, and also having a "safe place" to go during their free time.

I am also a member of the Student Support Team. This group of individuals communicate the progress of students so that we can provide support where it is needed for students throughout the school district. I am also one of the coaches for the district. I managed the varsity team as well as organize the season for three other teams in our program.

Best and Worst Parts of the Job: The best part of my job is being able to watch my students succeed and enjoy the process. Success is different for each student so it is interesting to watch the students move past their obstacle and grow. There are no "bad" parts of my job because I am able to take part in the lives of children and help them succeed.

Job Tips: I think that all people that are entering a career as a teacher should know that the courses in college prepare you for an overall outlook on education. It is not until you experience the situations in the classroom that you can fully understand what it takes to be a teacher and a "student" of teaching. There are so many things to learn so continue to share your ideas and borrow from others. Every experience is a learning experience!

Popular Schools offering Special Education Teaching Programs

quickinfoClick the Visit School Site buttons to go directly to a school's website and learn more about the school and programs it has to offer. School website will open in a new tab. .

Click the Request Info buttons to request more information from a representative at the school

Matching School Ads

Are you ready to advance or start your career inspiring minds and changing lives? Apply to join GCU's prestigious teaching community.

  • Programs: Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership with an Emphasis in Special Education, M.A. in Autism Spectrum Disorders, M.Ed. in Special Education: Cross-Categorical (Leads to initial teacher licensure), more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master, Bachelor

100% Online & No Standardized Testing

  • Programs: M.Ed. - Program Specialist in Gifted Specialist, M.Ed. Teaching and Learning - Special Education , MA in Teaching - Special Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Doctorate

Concordia University - Portland offers several fully online 14-month Master of Education (M.Ed.) programs and a fully online Doctorate of Education (Ed.D.) program.

  • Programs: M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: The Inclusive Classroom (SPED), M.Ed. in Curriculum & Instruction: Social Studies, M.Ed. in Career and Technical Education, more...
  • Degrees: Master

Earn your graduate degree online with Northcentral University.

  • Programs: Special Education - Doctor of Education, Special Education - Master of Education, Special Education - EdS, more...
  • Degrees: Doctorate, Master

Purdue University offers a strong foundation of tradition and history.

  • Programs: Master of Science in Education in Special Education
  • Degrees: Master

Recognized by the U.S. News and World Report for: Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s 2017, Best Online Programs, Grad Education 2017 and Best Online Programs, Bachelor’s for Veterans 2017

  • Programs: Special Education - 7-12 Certification (M.Ed. plus Certification) - Online             , Special Education - Autism Spectrum Disorder (M.Ed.) - Online, Autism Spectrum Disorders (Certification) - Online, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Certificate

Technology changes everything®

You’ve found Ashford University, where school comes to you

  • Programs: MA/Education - Special Education (non-licensure), BA/Education Studies, MA/Education - No Specialization, more...
  • Degrees: Master, Bachelor

Colorado State University-Global Campus

Colorado State University-Global Campus (CSU-Global) offers career relevant bachelor’s and master’s degree programs for working adults and nontraditional learners.

  • Programs: MS - Teaching and Learning
  • Degrees: Master

Since 1977, Keiser University has provided quality student-centered, career-focused education.

  • Programs: Education Specialist in Instructional Design and Technology
  • Degrees: Certificate

Founded by the Society of Jesus in 1851, Saint Joseph's University (SJU) has been developing the minds and abilities of men and women in a challenging academic environment steeped in the enriching Jesuit tradition of cura personalis (care of the entire person).

  • Programs: Certificate of Proficiency in Autism Studies, Autism Spectrum Disorder Endorsement, Pennsylvania PK-12 Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Certification, more...
  • Degrees: Certificate
Matching School Ads

Additional Career Stories for Secondary School Special Education Teachers

The inside stories from people actually working in the field.
Click a story title to show the story, and click the title again to hide it.

All Types

You are visiting:

What are Career Stories?

Career Stories are concise, real-world career overviews written by people relating their personal career experiences and wisdom. They provide invaluable insights and mentoring advice to students and career changers.

Most stories include:

  • a typical day or project
  • tips and advice
  • best and worst parts
  • educational background
  • previous experience

Browse hundreds of Career Stories

More Details On This Career

Please also see our detailed information about Secondary School Special Education Teachers, including:

Back to Top