classes on teaching special needs students? I only had 1 class required to become a general ed teacher a long time ago. Then about 7 yrs ago, I started taking a few courses out of curiosity. Are gen ed students given more training nowadays in U's?Last yr, over 1/2 of my students were diagnosed w/ extreme disorders. Most of my career, I did not even know students like this existed. I just didn't see kids with some of the issues I see now. I realized that I did not go to school to be a special ed teacher. I liked to see kids learn and have fun. Kids who were slower learners were not behavior problems usually. I never had a problem with these types of kids. I liked discipline in the schools. As opposed to kids spitting, cussing, hitting, and throwing things w/ no consequences....Now because of the disability, it is allowed and everyone (admin) is afraid of getting sued if they discipline ( consequence) the student.. A regular ed teacher here and now, needs to be a special ed teacher too.( Don't worry! I am not "teaching" now.) It seems like classroom teachers are now being asked to do what special ed teachers used to do with little support in many places. I am sure it is different in different places, but I think we are going to need a whole new breed of teachers in the future if this trend continues. I wonder if the U's are truthful with students about what they are facing or if the future teachers "see" it when they student teach.