With special-education teachers in short supply, some districts are hiring teachers who’ve received only a few weeks of training in teaching students with disabilities, notes the Hechinger Report.
For example, 12.5 percent of Teach for America corps members are hired as special-education teachers.
Milwaukee Public Schools draw on four alternative programs to fill special-ed slots: About one quarter of the city’s 1,100 special-education teachers last year held emergency licenses.
On One Foot in Reality, a special education teacher writes about the many duties that come with the job.
Often we have between 15-30 students on our caseload, have a full teaching schedule (usually English Language Arts or Math), help our students with Science, Social Studies or any other subject the student is having difficulty with, we are expected to put out fires (behavioral issues) that come up, advise administrators and teachers about laws/regulations, liaison between parents and the school and all the other stuff we seem to be responsible for.
Special-ed teachers spend a lot of time filling out paperwork.