I got a call today from a private school in the neighborhood that specializes in the education of children with autism. I have an interview Monday morning for a teacher's aide position. The classrooms at the school are small with only 6 students in a room, so I am expecting the students to be on the more severe end of the spectrum. While I am excited to interview, there is a part of me that is wondering if accepting the job (if offered) would be the right thing to do. My certification is in Elementary Education. Special Education is not what I see myself doing in the long term but it is something I would enjoy getting some experience in. Ever since my nephew was diagnosed with a genetic disorder, I have felt a desire to help out other children who have special needs and this is an opportunity to do so. Is it okay to take a job at a place and in a field that I don't see myself in for the long run? I live in NYC where there are no positions for new teachers to enter the classroom, even as substitutes. It would seem like a no-brainer to take whatever job in the field of education that I can get. However, I keep reading about how teacher's aide positions are great if you want to be in the field of special education; what about if you're an elementary education teacher and your goal is to have your own general education classroom? Does it look good in a principals eyes to have special education experience or is it detrimental because it would make me look like I don't know what I want? It's almost like I'm worried that if I enter the field of special education, even as a teacher's aide, I may find it harder to land a job in a general education classroom later. I'm not sure exactly why I think that. Please give me your opinion and/or experiences! Knock some sense into me! I think I'm being a nut.