2352-Special needs teachers

Job Title ( International classification ): 
Special needs teachers
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Job Description: 
Special needs teachers teach physically or mentally handicapped children, young persons, or adults, or those with learning difficulties or other special needs. They promote the social, emotional, intellectual and physical development of their students.

Main Tasks include -

  • (a) assessing students' abilities and limitations with regard to intellectual, physical, social and emotional impairments, exceptional intellectual gifts, or other specific problems
  • (b) designing or modifying curricula and preparing and delivering programmes, lessons and activities adapted to students? abilities and needs
  • (c) giving instruction on an individual or group basis using special techniques or aids appropriate to students? needs
  • (d) employing special educational strategies and techniques during instruction to improve the development of sensory- and perceptual-motor skills, language, cognition, and memory
  • (e) establishing and enforcing rules for behaviour and policies and procedures to maintain order among students
  • (f) teaching academic subjects, and practical and self-help skills to students with hearing, sight and other impairments
  • (g) stimulating and developing students? confidence interests, abilities, manual skills and coordination
  • (h) conferring with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons for special needs students
  • (i) preparing and maintaining student data and other records and submitting reports
  • (j) administering various forms of assessment and evaluating progress of each student
  • (k) conferring with students, parents, head teacher and other relevant professionals involved in the students? care to develop individual educational plans designed to promote students' development.

Examples of the occupations classified here:
- Learning Disabilities Special Education Teacher
- Learning support teacher
- Remedial teacher
- Teacher of gifted children
- Teacher of the hearing impaired
- Teacher of the sight impaired


Some related occupations classified elsewhere:
- Vocational education teacher - 2320
- Secondary school teacher - 2330
- Primary school teacher - 2341

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