Some questions about SE (special education)

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  1. No1teacher

    No1teacher New Member

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    I read that the job market for special education is good right now. How much do they earn compared to other teachers?
    Is it possible to teach special education right away with just a BA degree, not an education degree, while at the same time attending (one-year?) program to get certified for SE teaching?
     
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    I have additional Special Education qualifications in addition to my B.A./B.Ed; I know that qualifications are different everywhere, however. My salary is the same as every other teacher in my board on the same step in the salary grid.
     
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    My salary is the same as well. It is possible to go with an alternative certification route and begin teaching if you can find a district willing to hire you.

    It is easier to find a special education job, however, that doesn't mean it will be easy. We only hired for one position this year, a special education teacher. We had over 1000 applicants and only hired 1 of them....But we didn't even hire any other teachers.

    In another school in my district, they hired 1 special education teacher as well. Probably from the same pool of applicants. So, two jobs in the district this year....
     
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    I have worked in 3 districts in 3 states in a variety of special ed positions and never earned nor been offered any more pay than a general ed teacher on the same lane as I am.

    I would not advise someone to go into special education just because it might be easier to find a job or the pay might be better. You really have to love it and be committed to it. In my experience, there are more special ed jobs open because people burn out of it quickly due to the (very often) insane paperwork and huge caseload.
     
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    :agreed:

    This is so true!
     
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    Sped teachers in our county are paid the same as a gen ed teacher, however, I know a few years ago they offered a signing "bonus" to high needs areas such as Science teachers and Sped, and a few others. This bonus was about $1,000. But as others said, do not base your choice on the money.
     
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    Why does it require insane paperwork and caseload?
     
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    There is mandated documentation and record-keeping at many levels--school, district, state/province. There is often a seemingly endless stack of forms--referrals, consents, requests, applications, contacts records, meeting records, etc. As far as caseloads, this can vary. I have 26 students on my caseload right now (will change to 32 before the end of the school year)--some I work with every day, some I see rarely. I love what I do, but it involves so much more than just working with the students every day (as does every job in the teaching profession).
     
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    I am leaving Special Education after three years at the end of this school year. I put in my transfer to get a position in a regular high school (non-Special Education). I have five endorsements on my certificate and should hopefully get my transfer.

    Although General Education teachers have more students in class, the lack of district paperwork will make up for the extra kids. I came to the realization this year that I am working three times more that General Education teachers (no offense to you) for the same exact pay. It used to be that in Special Education you had smaller class sizes and a manageable case load. This is not the case anymore and with the class size reduction in Florida, General Education is more attractive then ever.

    I hope that I get the transfer.
     
  11. Nate

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    In Michigan, you need an education degree and a teaching certificate in order to teach. Certified teachers can get emergency certification in a high need area they're not certified, but as far as I know, there's not alternate route to certification in Michigan. There are a lot of teachers here; there's no need to bring in people without the training.
     
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    I get paid the same as other teachers on my pay scale but put in 100 times more, for sure. My case load is currently 43 (44 by the end of next week and 45 by the end of the week after that). No offense, but it is clear you don't know anything about special ed. I would highly recommend talking to a few different special ed. teachers if possible. Everyone knows you don't go into teaching for the money but you REALLY don't go into special ed. for the money!! Haha. You have to love what you do.
     
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    In our district, Special Ed teachers get the same base pay as everyone else. I think that they might be eligible for certain incentives like an extra $1,000 per year or something like that.

    I've heard that a lot of districts are moving away from self-contained Special Ed classes and towards an inclusion model. This means that many Special Ed teachers are being moved back into the general ed classroom, so they need to have their general ed licenses. That may or may not be true where you are, but it's worth checking out.
     

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