Special Advice for Special Educators

By Nicklaus Khan

This issue of NASET’s Practical Teacher series was written by Mr. Nicklaus Khan. New teachers in the field of special education often enter the classroom taking one or maybe two special education courses in college.  Other new special educators that have left their careers in non-education related fields may be enrolled in alternative certification programs.  These alternative programs can have their first set of education-related courses the summer before the start of the school year.  In any scenario, some special education teachers start their first year with minimal preparation for what the job entails. The guidance offers ways to navigate the first few years as a special educator and grow professionally. Additionally, it gives a perspective on the importance of self-care.

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