No one decides to be a teacher in order to make a lot of money. Most of us agree that teachers are underpaid and under appreciated. However, there is something a career in special education can offer that can not be measured by the amount of money in your bank account or the prestige in your title.
Job satisfaction often comes from having a rewarding job that feels important.
Taking a job working with students that need a little extra help in the classroom may not have many perks or societal advantages, but it offers special education teachers and therapists the chance to make a difference.
In the Odyssey article "Here's Why Being a Special Education Teacher is the Most Rewarding Job Out There," Marissa Arocho eloquently states why she loves special educate despite, and sometimes even because of, its challenges.
"Everyday, you get to see your impact on your students, big or small. There are no words to describe the feeling you would feel when your autistic student who avoids physical contact, touches your shoulder affectionately. Or when your student who has a learning disability and been many grade levels below their grade in reading or math levels finally makes it close to their goal."
Therapists work alongside special education teachers to help students with their speech, motor and psychological needs. Many therapists really enjoy being able to practice their specialties inside of a classroom instead of only seeing patients in the context of a medical office. Therapists in special education departments get to see their patients multiple times a week, and they enjoy seeing the results that this kind of focused therapy can bring.
If you are interested in learning more about jobs in special education departments, please contact us. Or, if you are seeking to hire talented and caring people for this critical role, we can help with that as well.
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