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Special education is directed towards students with special needs or with disabilities such as: communication challenges, learning challenges, physical disabilities, emotional or mental disorders, behavioural disorders or intellectual giftedness. Special education differs from the regular type of education through the format and the delivery of the knowledge that are both designed in such a way that suits the particular needs of the student that is involved in the process.
Students of special education learn about specific instructional strategies and about alternative teaching methods that suit the category of students that the education addresses. They will develop skills like: creativity – as they will have to apply creative ideas in learning activities, good interpersonal skills, the ability to identify emotions and physical and psychological needs in order to adapt or change teaching strategy. Special education students are desirable to have native qualities, such as: patience, intuition, understanding, flexibility and adaptability.
The typical career paths for graduates of special education degree are: special education teacher, special education counsellor, social/child care worker, teacher assistant, instructional coordinator, occupational therapist. Read more View all PhDs in Special Education