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Educating Exceptional Children - Philosophy of Special Education

Updated on February 29, 2008

Philosophy of Special Education


The role of a teacher encompasses responsibilities that

interconnect a wide range of disciplines. Teaching begins

with education. Techniques and strategies develop and

evolve through the use of sociology and psychology,

differing with each unique child. As a future teacher, your

goal is to make a difference in the life of every child that you

are privileged to have the opportunity to educate. All children

are rightfully afforded the same opportunity for education,

regardless of any disability they may have. Educating a child

means being aware of their abilities and reflecting upon their

educational development and the best possible way of

achieving that. Parental involvement is vitally important as

well as the collaboration of all educational, emotional and

behavioral areas of the student. As a teacher you must be

an activist and a facilitator for the child's best interest and

educational opportunity. Be educated and informed to utilize

all tools available to create the best possible learning

environment for each child and be motivated and passionate

so that you teaching is meaningful, flexible and in tune to all

your students educational needs.

  1. The term learning applies not only to education, but is equally important in terms of social, emotional and behavioral areas as well. By accepting the challenge of educating exceptional students, you will not only help them to develop their minds in terms of education, you will help them develop tools for overcoming difficulties in all areas of disability.
  2. Evaluations of student abilities and disabilities will be based on a non-discriminate basis and you must be conscientious of each student's unique individual circumstance.
  3. Address a child's learning disability with knowledge and strategy. Accommodate different disabilities by implementing IEP's specifically and individually designed to meet each student's education goals and actively pursue the means necessary to obtain the appropriate education for each child in the area of specialized assistance.
  4. Teach inclusively to the extent that is feasible. Encourage social interaction between all students and develop teaching methods that incorporate inclusion methods. Be aware of a students need for specialized individual education and work to provide the greatest balance between them.
  5. Protect confidentiality rights of special education students. Be respectful of their emotional needs and of their privacy. Encourage all parental involvement and actively seek their permission when a disability requires individualized education.
  6. Convey your observations, evaluations and insight to parents, students and other special education professionals in an effort to facilitate a beneficial learning environment for all students that you teach. Success is greater achieved with collaboration than individually.





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      Special education teachers and educators formulatng special education philosophy, as well as parents and others with interest in special educational needs may find this interesting and inspirational:


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