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The Early Childhood Special Education Professional - Chapter Summary
Ensure you understand the role of the early childhood special education professional by reviewing this chapter. Examine engaging lessons that provide in-depth analyses of special education teachers and professionals, ways to collaborate in special education, bias in the classroom and more. This chapter examines the following topics:
- Roles and responsibilities of special education teachers and professionals
- Strengths and limitations of collaborative approaches in special education
- Why stakeholder communication in special education is important
- How bias can arise in the special education classroom
This chapter is flexible, allowing you to review lessons anytime and from any computer or mobile device. Access lessons from your classroom, at home or on-the-go when most convenient for your schedule.
How It Helps
- Identifies roles and responsibilities: This chapter defines the special education teacher and professional while providing insight into their specific roles and responsibilities in schools.
- Examines importance of interactions: Lessons take a close look at communication and how to manage collaborative efforts among educators and stakeholders when working toward the best interests of students.
- Addresses challenges: Learn about the challenges that can arise in the classroom, including issues of bias that could affect teaching and interactions with students and families.
Upon completion of this chapter, you will be prepared to:
- Discuss the roles and responsibilities of special education teachers
- Explain the responsibilities of other professionals who deliver special education services in schools
- Describe the strengths and limitations of collaborative approaches used in special education
- Provide reasons it is important for special education teachers and professionals to maintain open lines of communication with stakeholders
- Identify issues of bias that can arise in special education, and describe how this bias could impact teachers, students and families
1. Special Education Teachers: Roles & Responsibilities
Special education teachers are important figures in the education of children with disabilities. This lesson will explore the roles and responsibilities of special education teachers. We will end with a short quiz to see what you have learned.
2. Roles & Responsibilities of Special Education Professionals
The roles and responsibilities of special education professionals are varied. They are responsible for complying with many federal and local laws and regulations regarding the treatment and well-being of people with disabilities. Their roles involve every aspect of the educational process.
3. Collaborative Approaches in Special Education: Strengths & Limitations
The field of special education requires a great deal of collaborative effort. In this lesson, we will take a look at some of the most common collaborative approaches as well as some of the strengths and limitations of these approaches.
4. The Importance of Stakeholder Communication in Special Education
Stakeholder communication is an incredibly important aspect of special education planning. This lesson will detail why this communication is so important, as well as highlight the roles of parents and teachers in the special education process.
5. Bias Issues in the Special Education Classroom
One of the biggest challenges for teachers is bias. This lesson explores common biases based on abilities, race, class, and gender and sexuality, as well as strategies for overcoming bias and discrimination.
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Other chapters within the Fundamentals of Early Childhood Special Education course
- Basics of Early Childhood Special Education
- Developing Individual Intervention Plans for Young Children
- Assessment in Early Childhood Special Education
- Planning Instruction for Early Childhood Special Education
- Early Childhood Special Education Learning Environments
- Students with Individual Disabilities, Disorders & Impairments
- Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Language Delays & Disorders
- Teaching Young Children with Sensory Disorders
- Supporting Literacy for Young Children with Special Needs
- Physical Development & Activities in Early Childhood
- Understanding Childhood Development & Care