Teacher - Special Education
(Support Teacher, Special Education Teacher)
Providing students with visual and audible spelling cues
To become a special education teacher you usually have to complete a degree in education, specialising in special education. To get into these courses you usually need to gain your TCE. Prerequisite subjects, or assumed knowledge, in one or more of English and mathematics are normally required. A number of universities in Australia offer degrees in education with a specialisation in special education. Universities have different prerequisites and some have flexible entry requirements or offer external study. Contact the universities you are interested in for more information as requirements may change.
Alternatively, you can undertake a Graduate Diploma of Education, specialising in special education, after completing a degree in teaching or other relevant areas such as arts, social work or disability studies. Entry to postgraduate courses usually requires completion of an appropriate bachelor degree as well as teaching experience or experience working with people with special needs.
Teaching in government and non-government schools in Tasmania requires registration with the Teachers Registration Board of Tasmania. Contact the board for further information.
Practical placements are usually required in education courses. Before undertaking practical placements in Tasmanian schools, you must undergo a Good Character Check issued by the Conduct and Investigations Unit of the Department of Education.
Teachers are required by mandatory reporting laws to report suspected cases of child abuse or neglect.
Special education teachers are employed by government and non-government schools, as well as some special centres. Some teachers with special education qualifications are able to work in private practice, offering tutorial services for children with learning problems.
Demand for special education teachers is dependent on levels of government funding.