Online Degrees in Special Education
As knowledge expands about the mental and emotional deficiencies that affect learning and social skills in children, and adults, the field of special education continues to evolve. According to the Council on Exceptional Children (cec.sped.org, 2012), approximately 6.5 million children with disabilities already receive early intervention, special education and other related services in public schools across the nation.
Laws emphasizing the training and employment of those with disabilities may also contribute to increased demand for special education professionals, reports the Bureau of Labor Statistics (bls.gov/ooh, 2012). Today, schools must be able to identify the specific disability afflicting a student, how it impairs their learning, and their current level of performance. Educators then build Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) for each student, evaluating the services needed and how often they should be administered (bls.gov/ooh, 2012).
Special education degree programs train students in strategies and teaching methods to reach learners with disabilities, as well as assessment and planning for special needs classrooms. Individuals with a degree in special education can be better equipped to help students with severe disabilities find success in regular classrooms. Often, online schools offer the degree in several specializations, including curriculum and instruction, early childhood education, or reading and literacy.
Online Degree Programs in Special Education
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