Teaches middle school subjects to educationally and physically handicapped students. Includes teachers who specialize and work with audibly and visually handicapped students and those who teach basic academic and life processes skills to the mentally impaired.
This career is part of the Education and Training cluster Teaching/Training pathway.
A person in this career:
- Establishes and enforces rules for behavior and policies and procedures to maintain order among students.
- Prepares materials and classrooms for class activities.
- Modifies the general education curriculum for special-needs students based upon a variety of instructional techniques and instructional technology.
- Teaches socially acceptable behavior, employing techniques such as behavior modification and positive reinforcement.
- Instructs through lectures, discussions, and demonstrations in one or more subjects, such as English, mathematics, or social studies.
- Develops and implements strategies to meet the needs of students with a variety of handicapping conditions.
- Establishes clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and communicate those objectives to students.
- Employs special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory.
- Confers with parents, administrators, testing specialists, social workers, and professionals to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' educational, physical, and social development.
- Maintains accurate and complete student records, and prepares reports on children and activities, as required by laws, district policies, and administrative regulations.