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What type of degree should I pursue if I want to be a secondary Special Ed teacher? Also.?

What type of degree should I pursue if I want to be a secondary Special Ed teacher? Also.? Topic: What is a research problem in education
July 22, 2019 / By Felicia
Question: how much do the qualifications differ for teaching students with developmental disabilities vs. psycological/behavioral disorders? (I haven't decided yet and am wondering how hard it would be to switch.) I'm going to be a freshman at SUNY Dutchess/Dutchess Community College in August (My grandparents generously offered to pay for all of my schooling as long as I start there.) I went to register for classes and the counselor seemed confused about what classes to put me in, so my major right now is technically K-6 Education. (They don't have a Special Ed program, but they have several bridge programs with Universities that do.) The problem is, I would like to end up working with preteens/teens/adults (Yes, I know they may or may not be that age developmentally. Cause for my confusion.), and all of the secondary education majors were subject-specific (Math, English, Etc.) My schedule is now mostly social sciences and English with a K-6 Education seminar. (Neither I nor the counselor knew what math/science I should be taking, so we agreed to do more research and focus on that next semester.) Am I on the right track, or should I just be doing some kind of liberal arts until I can transfer to a school that offers the degree I ultimately want? Should I choose a subject and go for Secondary? *Yes, I did spell "psychological" wrong.
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Corynn Corynn | 2 days ago
Most colleges provides a master's degree in special education while most have a special education teacher certification program for teachers to get licensed in special education. A special education teaching job generally requires a bachelors degree while some states require a master's degree with special education certification or special education major or minor. It depends on your state. Most high schools require you to have a master's degree so I would be assuming you would need a master's degree in special education. But, when your teaching elementary or preschool special education then it generally requires a bachelors degree. But, like I said it generally vary by state.
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Corynn Originally Answered: If I want to become a high school (secondary education) teacher?
I recently graduated in Elementary Education. If I were you, I would ask your college if there are any service opportunities at any local high schools. If your college doesn't organize service activities like that, then ask your college the names/locations of the nearby high schools. Then, visit the high schools and ask if they could use your volunteer services. Over the course of time that you volunteer, I would make SURE you have an experience in each grade level (9-12). Your volunteer experience will be a wonderful thing to add to your resume. As far as being more prepared for teaching... don't worry about that right off the bat. That's why you go to college! BUT... I can definitely tell you that the more time you spend in the classroom before you start your career, the more prepared you will be to teach. I PROMISE! Another suggestion, when you are in another teacher's classroom, TAKE NOTES. Write down things that you like. This could be anything from bulletin boards, classroom arrangement, learning activities, projects, teaching methods, etc! Good luck to you in school! :)
Corynn Originally Answered: If I want to become a high school (secondary education) teacher?
Talk to your local schools and camps, none will help you with acquiring credits however when you actually complete college and are looking for a job. These experiences will be a valuable asset on your resume.
Corynn Originally Answered: If I want to become a high school (secondary education) teacher?
Call your local literacy council or high school to see if there are volunteer tutor programs available

Bethney Bethney
I am licensed to teach students grades K-12 with severe/multiple disabilities (now classified as "Functional" in many states - developmental and other disabilities are classified as "Adaptive"). My bachelor's degree is in communication; I was certified through my master's degree program. I think those programs are being phased out, however - I'm not sure. I had a similar interest - I wanted to work with high-school aged students - and I discovered that in my state the license to teach students with SMD was for all grades, so I didn't have to focus on a certain age of students, just on a level or type of disability - that may be true with other sped. licenses/certifications. You are on the right track. I'd recommend getting your gen. ed. requirements taken care of, then looking into transferring to a school with a special ed. major or consider a graduate degree. One of your first sped. courses will be an overview of various disabilities and you can use that course and others to help you choose an area to specialize in - in terms of degree/certification type, developmental disabilities and psych/behavior disabilities may fall into the same category. Good luck!
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Bethney Originally Answered: What type of career should I pursue based on my interests?
I'd suggest a journalist, but you say you don't handle stress well. If you count handling daily deadlines on a extremely tight schedule as stressful, you might want to give it a miss. You could try something like website developer and media designer. it would allow you to use your creativity in writing and updating things like websites and blogs, and you would also be designing things on a computer rather than drawing or painting. You don't strictly speaking need a degree for that, but there are several that would be useful, and you could probably sign up to a web development course whilst at uni. If you're really into your photography, you could build a portfolio on a course and go into it full-time, taking photos for weddings, christenings, 40-year-reunions, whatever. It can make a lot of money or none depending on how well you do, but it can also be a sideline until you earn enough on photography alone, and you would be doing something you enjoy and get paid for it.
Bethney Originally Answered: What type of career should I pursue based on my interests?
I won't answer your question directly, but your high school should have a way to test students for career choices. If not any college near you would probably help you out.

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