The pros of becoming a special education teacher are many. You are in a position to make a real difference in a child’s life. It may take more time and effort to prepare lessons than the average teacher, but having a lesson work with a student who would not be successful without receiving special education services is incredibly rewarding. That said, some of the students you work with might be quite challenging behaviorally. That challenge makes the eventual success even sweeter.
Depending on where you end up working, you may find yourself with a workload that is heavier than your average teacher. The sheer volume of paperwork can be a tremendous challenge. There are also specific times of year you may find yourself working very long hours writing up progress reports and entering grades. On the balance, however, being a special educator is incredibly rewarding.
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