I am so amazed that they let anyone who is qualified to substitute sub for special ed! It seems to me that you would need specific qualifications to work with students who need distinctive daily help? I got called this week to sub for a special ed class (I didn't find out until I arrived at the middle school). Luckily, there were only about 10 or so students, and 3 aides. However, the aides had separate jobs throughout the day such as taking one of the children into a different "regular" classroom, working one-on-one with one child, etc. This was only my second time subbing and I had no clue how to teach these children, and I really had no clue on how to work out disciplinary issues. The regular teacher was unexpectedly sick, so she had no lesson plans prepared. The teacher aides were very helpful, and the children were very sweet (there weren't really any disciplinary problems until after lunchtime), but I am still amazed that the administration lets just anyone sub for the classroom. At the end of the day, I waited with one little girl for her mother to come pick her up (about 15-20 min after the school day had ended). The aides didn't stay, and I'm sure that there are inept substitutes out there that would have just impatiently left the girl by herself. That makes me nervous just thinking about it.