What to do if you’re interested in Special Education Needs teaching

Deciding to become a Special Education Needs teacher can be an exciting, yet daunting prospect. A teacher of this kind usually works with students who have learning difficulties, behavioural problems and physical or sensory disabilities.

Knowing where to start your research can be a challenge in itself, which is why we at Eteach have just launched our Special Education Needs Career Portal. Here you will be able to find all the information you may need when deciding whether or not you want to become a Special Education Needs teacher, join SEN Talent Pools and search for Special Education Needs jobs.

Of course there is no right or wrong way to go about your research, but to get you off to a good start here’s some information about what you may need to consider and some sources of help.

One of the first things to think about when deciding whether to become a Special Education Needs teacher is the area you would like to specialise in. Some of the most common special needs include:

• dyslexia
• autism or severe epilepsy
• visual or hearing impairments
• physical disabilities
• learning difficulties
• behavioural disorders
• psychiatric problems

It can take a while to find the right job for you, which is why it’s important to take your time in your job search. A great way to keep an eye on the latest SEN vacancies whilst still deciding which the right path is for you is to join Talent Pools.

Talent Pools are specific to regions and schools, which means that you only have to join the ones that are relevant to you. Schools’ Talent Pools are live all year round so even if they aren’t currently recruiting, they can still view your CV anytime they like. This means that if you stand out, chances are that they will remember you when a vacancy does arise.

Once you have decided on the kind of role you would like, you can then start searching for Special Education Needs teaching jobs. If you need any help or advice don’t forget that you can always contact a member of the Eteach team who will be happy to help.

Is Special Education Needs teaching something that you would consider or already do? Is there any information that you would like to see more readily available to SEN teachers? Let us know your thoughts below.

4 thoughts on “What to do if you’re interested in Special Education Needs teaching

  1. My daughter wants to become a SEN teacher. She is going to study A Levels/Level 3 equivalent courses in HSC, Psychology and Photography or Public Services. After this does anyone know the route she could take and/or which universities are good.

  2. I’m a retired Italian teacher of English as second language in Secondary Schools, but, at present, I need to help a great-nephew who has dyslexia problems- he is attending a second year of a secondary school- . I haven’t any educational in such special needs and do my best to put into practice what I’ve learned in my teaching years. I try to respond to his needs matching his questions with my answers and in many cases it works, but there are other aspects which are difficult to come accross. After working on a subject where every step has been done correctly and clearly, the next time we get back to it everything has disappeared and it is frustrating for both, especially because itshows that the progress in the learning process is rather poor. I’d like to get more pratical information to make my teaching more effective and incisive, even if it may be more challenging. Is that possible? thanks

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