How Do I Start Becoming a SpEd Teacher?

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How Do I Start Becoming a SpEd Teacher?


MANILA, Philippines - Question: I always read your section in Manila Bulletin because it gives helpful information regarding education; and I really enjoy reading it especially topics about Special Education (SPED.) I am a BS Psychology graduate and I wish to pursue SPED. I am currently enrolled in a sign language school since I know it would be great of help too. In this regard, I am seeking for advice from you on what should I do first. I love children and I love persons with disabilities (PWDs). Your help is very much appreciated. - Confused LadyTeacher Tess says: A bachelor's degree in Psychology is a good foundation for a future SpEd teacher. Psychologists are trained to study people's behavior, to understand, explain, and change behavior patterns. They also provide counseling and therapy to those with emotional, learning, and behavioral problems. These are skills needed to handle exceptional children and as a graduate of Psychology, you can certainly understand special children easily.Non-teaching professionals who are preparing to become SpEd teachers must take a course work in Certificate of Teaching Program which is the bridge to the teaching profession. You are becoming more aware of your career interests as you are equipping yourself with some skills, like learning sign language. As you proceed to make a difference in the lives of these learners, you may also pursue your SpEd degree to help you make you a happy, good and effective teacher-psychologist.For the meantime, how about applying for the position of a school psychologist as you train to work with students, families, and educators? Schools need guidance and counseling program and your knowledge and skills on designing such programs will be of great help in modifying behavior of children with special needs.The following areas are to be provided for in SpEd, hence, you can also work in partnership with SpEd teachers in the meantime: administering school-related psychological tests, counseling individual students on various concerns, helping teachers plan special education classes, meeting with parents and teachers to resolve in-class student problems, referring students to the proper services and authorities when necessary, counseling students, groups and families, developing mental health programs and conducting research and teaching. …

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