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Teacher Aide, Special Education

Job Title and Job Description

Teacher Aide, Special Education

Work as an assistant in a class for students with disabilities. Most of my work involves assisting one, two or three students at a time with therapies and classwork. I like the variety of work that I do, which includes working with the teachers, speech therapist and physical therapist.

What are some related career opportunities and job titles in your company or in your career area?

Special education teacher, physical therapaist, occupational therapist, speech therapist, social worker.

What new technology will be important?

Equipment to help with physical therapy for people with disabilities or injuries, such as a robotic walker that helps people with disabilities or injuries learn to walk. Also equipment to help with speech.

What education or training did you have to prepare for this career?

H.S. Diploma and some volunteer experience. I was fortunate to be hired with just a high school diploma, since a two-year degree is usually required.

What education or training do you recommend for students today who want to enter this field?

A two-year degree is usually required for being hired.

When you were in high school, did you know that you would enter this field?

Yes, I knew I was interested in working with people with disabilities.

Skills Profile

Skills UsedRating (5=Most Important thru
1=Not Important)
Comments

Artistic 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Athletic / Physical 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantHelping students with physical therapy; lifting from wheelchairs 
Bilingual 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Computer Technology 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Coordination / Using Hands, Tools, and Equipment 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Creative Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Interpersonal 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Investigative / Fact Finding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
leadership and Supervising 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Logical Thinking 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important 
Math 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
Mechanical Understanding 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantUsing equipment 
Sales and Negotiation 2-Less Important2-Less Important 
Scientific and Experimental 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantTrying different approaches to teach skills 
Social Service / Helping Skills 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Teaching / Instructing 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Verbal Communication 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most ImportantCommunicate with professionals, students, parents 
Understanding Nature, Plants, Animals 4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very Important4-Very ImportantUnderstanding how our bodies and minds work 
Understanding Yourself 5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important5-Most Important 
Writing 3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important3-Somewhat Important 
 

Interview By: Teacher Aide