Advance Your Field
Earning your MEd in Elementary Education with Special Education degree can help you gain access to careers in schools and resource centers.
Special education is considered an area of high need by state education departments across the country. Careers in elementary and special ed can be particularly rewarding for teachers who are interested in helping students of different abilities succeed.
Many states are mainstreaming special needs students into inclusive classrooms, making elementary school teachers with special education licensure particularly marketable. Teachers with a master's degree and additional licensure also typically earn higher salaries.
- Recognize specific learning disabilities and integrate students with special needs into an inclusive classroom.
- Understand and practice behavior management and remediation techniques with students individually and in a classroom setting.
- Develop and interpret individual education plans (IEPs).
- Prepare developmentally appropriate learning experiences that promote investigation, problem solving and exploration.
- Apply scientifically based instructional strategies to promote learning.
- Use technology to enhance student learning and achievement.
- Create classroom literacy environments that encourage the development of reading, writing, listening and speaking.
- Use effective practices to support the development of reading and language.
- Utilize concepts, methods, techniques, and material necessary to effectively teach social studies, mathematics and fine art.
Access helpful resources on jobs in special education and teaching careers at the following web links:
SNHU Career Development Center
Learn about SNHU career planning and development assistance, including for those seeking jobs in special education.
U.S. Department of Labor, Educational Services Occupational Outlook, 2010-2011
View the latest information on recommended education and training, teaching job prospects, and expected earnings of those in the education field.
Professional Organizations and Associations
National Association of Special Education Teachers
The mission of NASET is to provide support and assistance to professionals who teach children with special needs, as well as promote standards of excellence and innovation in special education research, practice, and policy to foster exceptional teaching for exceptional children.
International Reading Association
The mission of the International Reading Association is to promote reading by continuously advancing the quality of literacy instruction and research worldwide.
National Education Association
The mission of the NEA is to advocate for education professionals and to unite members and the nation to fulfill the promise of public education to prepare every student to succeed in a diverse and interdependent world.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Through the process of professional accreditation of schools, colleges, and departments of education, NCATE works to make a difference in the quality of teaching, teachers, school specialists and administrators.
New Hampshire Department of Education
The NHDOE is committed to helping students, parents, and educators (including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school communities) meet the educational needs of each student.