Do general education teachers get training in special ed too?

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  1. teacher girl

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    I was wandering if general education teachers get training in special education too in their teacher prep programs?
     
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    I had 1 quarter of a special education class, I think it was call Exceptionalities; and past that I've had professional development classes in SpEd. to have the ability to meet the IEps and 504s for students.
     
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    I took one class related to Special Education during my credential program.

    Other than that...nothing.
     
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    Teachers in my state are required to take at least one special education course prior to being certified. (Well, that was the rule when I started 12 years ago. There are some additional requirements now--like ELL and literacy-based courses for secondary teachers. I didn't have to take those when I was in college, but all new teachers do now.)
     
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    Yes, I had to take one rather intensive course about Sped. I also had to get ESL certified when I was teaching in Texas.
     
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    I had two special education classes in my undergraduate. One class in my master's program.
     
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    nothing here.
     
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    I think it depends on what you study and where you go to college. For instance, if you are studying elementary ed, you probably would be more likely to run into a few sped courses than you would if you were studying to be a high school math teacher.
     
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    I did not as part of my Masters program.
     
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    I didn't.
     
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    My MAT program required that we take one class about teaching students with special needs.
     
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    Most preschool teachers do not, and we probably need it the most.
     
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    My first fieldwork was in a special needs school. I loved every minute of it, and I don't even like dealing with elementary. It was amazing to see the differentiation this one teacher could do!
     
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    I did my degree in early childhood instead of elementary (so birth-3rd grade), and part of the reason I made the switch was because we took something like 15-20 hours of sped courses.

    Now I'm working on my SPED masters. I have about 50% of my gen ed class on IEPs, so I need the knowledge!!
     
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    Like HeartDrama said, the only class I remember is 'Teaching the exceptional child'.
    Honestly I don't think it's enough. I'd love to take more classes. I feel like I'm missing a lot of information about special needs, there is just such a wide variety of needs.

    I especially feel this when I talk to one special ed. teacher in particular at my school. She gives me such insight, that it just reminds me of how much I don't know.
    a lot of our students are special needs (especially emotionally disturbed) and we know they're not getting enough services. But I especially feel inadequate when she's talking about students with auditory deficiencies (not even sure what it's called), who always need visuals (which I always do, but I guess for some it's not enough), or students who actually have trouble transferring knowledge to a short answer assessment, or those who even have problems with copying things down from the board, etc.

    I always aim to differentiate and use as many visuals as I can (I'm a visual person myself) but I often wonder if it's enough for everyone.
     
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    No special ed training for me. Just picked up what I know through my years of having special ed students in my classroom. I have one advantage though-my best friend is a special ed teacher!
     

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