6 Reasons to Become a Special Education Teacher

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Marla J. Lohmann, PhD, Assistant Professor, Special Education

In today’s classroom, about thirteen percent of students have been identified with a disability that requires special education services (National Center for Education Statistics, 2016). Special education teachers are uniquely trained to support the learning needs of students with disabilities and to ensure their educational, behavioral, social, and emotional success. Becoming a special education teacher is a rewarding career that provides several benefits.

Here are 6 reasons to become a special education teacher:

Serve God

Throughout the bible, we are specifically called to serve others and we are told that our service to those around us is service to our Lord. In Matthew 25:40, God tells us that “whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” (NIV). As a special education teacher, you will have the opportunity to serve God by serving students with disabilities and their families.

Make a Difference

One of the biggest blessings to being a teacher is the ability to make a difference every single day. As a special education teacher, you will get to teach your students’ academic, social, and behavioral skills that they will use throughout their lives. The simple lessons you teach every day will have a lifelong impact for your students.

Opportunity to be a Lifelong Learner

Teachers are provided with the opportunity to be lifelong learners. As a special education teacher, you will be encouraged to continue learning through attending professional developments and networking with other teachers. In addition, you will learn daily life lessons from your students.


Students with disabilities are unique individuals with a variety of needs. As a special education teacher, you will be challenged to discover the specific interventions that will fulfill the needs of your students. Figuring out what each student needs is like having a new puzzle to solve every single day.

Build relationships with students and families

Special education teachers often teach fewer students than do their general education counterparts. In addition, special education teachers often work with the same group of students over the course of several years. The small class size and increased time working with students will allow you to build strong relationships with your students and their families. 

Job Prospects

Currently in Colorado (and throughout the United States), there is a significant shortage of special education teachers (Colorado Department of Higher Education, 2017). As a certified special education teacher, you will be in demand by school districts.

Now is a great time to become a special education teacher and CCU Online is the ideal place to do it.


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