SEN Teacher's Jobs
Special Education Needs (SEN) teachers are those educators who help and support the SEN learners with varied disabilities (physical, emotional and/or cognitive)in the classroom to meet their personal needs and requirements. Since these learners are differently abled hence they require constant vigilance from their teachers in the class and caregivers as well. This makes it all the more important for them to be aware of the appropriate tools and strategies to implement so as to be able to address their issues and handle them with sensitivity and care. Apart from their innate qualities of being patient, compassionate, empathetic, and dedication towards their service, the special educators also need to possess certain professional skills to only be able to control problematic situations but also to ensure that such situations occur as less as possible.
Need for Certified Special Educators
According to Michael Humphrey, Ed.D. Chair of the Special Education Department at BS University in Idaho, Special Educators "need to teach the hard to reach and difficult to teach. "Hence it is quite understandable that choosing to become a Special Educator by profession is not for the faint-hearted. The job of a special educator is to equip the learners with the necessary skills important to lead a lifeand also with basic literacy. A SEN teacher training certificate will certainly add to the aspirant's credibility and enhance their employment opportunities. Due to the rising awareness in society and among the parents with SEN children, the demand for certified educators holding a Special Education training certificate has been on the rise. Certified teachers may expect to find job opportunities in leading pre-schools, in primary sections as well as in elementary and secondary levels.
Job opportunities for Certified Special Educators
Candidates with training in Special Education hence are much in demand. Besides being teachers for Special students, they are also eligible to teach in inclusive classrooms, accommodating both regular and special needs learners, they also may become teaching assistants to teachers in those inclusive classrooms, wherein they will support the teacher in fulfilling her responsibilities towards the learners. The course is also applicable for aspiring entrepreneurs who are planning to open a child care centre or creche, or even for parents and caregivers who have special needs children to take care of. They may also work in residential treatment centres, hospitals and even privately teach the learners at their own residences. Music the rapists, interpreter for hearing impaired, administrator for Special Education are some of the other job opportunities for the Special Education certificate holders.
In SEN training courses, the teaching aspirants are taught on the various ways to treat the SEN learners, learn about the many activities and the correct ways to conduct them; developing Individualised Education Programs (IEPs) for each student depending on their strengths, abilities and development areas, and help them develop their academic and behavioural skills along with social skills. Since a SEN educator's job responsibilities also involve communicating and co-ordinating with the parents, class teachers and school psychologists/counsellors(if any) and administrators, hence how to properly communicate with them is also what a training program comprises of.
Apart from the European nations and the USA, the need for Special Educators is slowly gaining popularity in Asian countries like Thailand, Singapore, India, China, and Japan as well as in the Middle East countries like Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, and Qatar, etc.