Haven't posted in awhile, but it looks like I am heading toward special ed/paraprofessional now. Background: I am a soon to be graduated college student. Degree is in Poli-Sci, no classes in education or special ed. I spent three summers working at Camp Barnabas, summer camp for mentally and physically disabled. Involved 24 hour care for 7 days straight for a huge variety of disabilities. I think I listed 22 on my resume that I am about to send out. Now i am planning on applying for positions as a paraprofessional/teachers aid in special education classroom, in the Boulder/Denver Colorado area. Not surprisingly, I have a few questions. 1. Based on my experience, do you think I can get hired as a para? I realize this is a pretty subjective question, but based on the very basic qualifications, do I have a chance? 2. I know that terminology changes over time and I want to make sure I am speaking the right language in my resume and cover letters. What is the proper terminology when refering to various disabilities and students in special education? I have heard... Exceptional children Special education Exceptional needs students Handicapped Disabled Developmentally delayed Just wanting to get as much terminology straight as I can before I send stuff out to possible employers. 3. Any advice on what I need to know going into interviews? Thanks for the help in advance!