“Education is the single most important job of the human race” - George Lucas. Ever since I was young I have always had the dream of working with kids. Knowing that I started looking into jobs working with young kids and came across early childhood education. I never knew that I wanted to pursue special education until around my sophomore year when I did a FCCLA project on the End the R-Word campaign. I believe that the career choice of an early childhood special education provider is a good path for me because I love working with kids and I have the passion to make a huge difference in a child’s life and their families life who has a disability.
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Some problems the average early childhood special education provider may encounter include having restrictions and limited resources, and having the added pressure that is put on by having multiple roles in a disabled child's life ("Special Education Teachers"). Unlike k-12 special education teachers who work 9-10 months a year, early childhood providers work 12 months a year. Both work 36-40 hours a week.
To work in this field, I have focused on two schools, U-W Stout and U-W Eau-Claire. At Stout I will earn my bachelors-science degree in early childhood. After earning that, I would continue with an add - on certification in early childhood special education. With the completion of the add - on certification I will be licensed to work with children ages birth - 8 years old. Also, students enrolled in the early childhood program with the add - on certificate must complete student teaching before starting their career ("Add-On Certification Early Childhood Special Education"). At Eau-Claire to be accepted into the special education program, students have to pass the PPST along with various other requirements. After being accepted, I would major in early childhood special education which licenses me to work with children from birth to 9 years old who have disabilities. Classes that are suggested for college freshmen going into this field would include,
Mathematics for Elementary/Middle Teachers I, Intro to Special Education, General Biology, Computers in Education, Fundamentals of Speech, School and Community Experience in Special Education, Intro to Visual Arts, Humanities course, Social Sciences course, and a Physical Education course ("Majors and Minors").
Suggested high school courses include, Anatomy and Physiology, Chemistry, Foreign Language for at least two years, Public Speaking, and an Art course ("Special Education Teachers").
After getting my degree I would do many things with it including, deciding what is best for children who have a disability or who may be at risk of having a disability and working with the family of the child to determine what education path would be best for the student. Also...