Roles & Responsibilities of Special Education Professionals


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What are the responsibilities of the special education professional?

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1. Is it true that a special education professional is just a teacher that teaches special needs students?

2. Setting challenging expectations for students, ensuring a safe environment for students, following all laws related to special needs students, and working closely with families for the best educational outcome for each student are all part of what aspect of the special education professionals roles/responsibilities?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz and worksheet is designed to quickly assess your knowledge of special education professionals. You will need to be clear about how the roles of these professionals are defined and the challenges they face in order to successfully complete this assessment.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

The following will be tested when you use this quiz:

  • Explain the responsibilities of the special education professional
  • Understand whether special education professionals are more than teachers teaching special needs students
  • Recognize what aspect of special education professional roles/responsibilities contains the ensuring of a safe environment and adherence to all pertinent laws
  • Identify what term describes an occupational therapist offering services to special needs students within a school
  • Name the type or types of difficulties a special education professional might face

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the lesson, such as the responsibilities of a special education professional
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding which aspect of special education responsibilities includes creating safe environments and following federal and state laws
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about difficulties faced by special education professionals and what type of professional would offer occupational therapy services in the school

Additional Learning

More details about this subject can be found in the lesson titled Roles & Responsibilities of Special Education Professionals. You will have the opportunity to learn more about:

  • What differentiates a special education professional from a mainstream teacher
  • Which federal acts refer to special education
  • The purpose of an Individualized Education Plan (IEP)
  • Who sets the ethical guidelines for special education professionals
  • What all roles of special education professionals have in common