[nabs-l] Special Ed Certification
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Fri Jan 31 04:08:32 UTC 2014
I'm not sure how much help I can be...but I will try.
First, and probably my best, suggestion is to post this message to the NOBE
listserv....this is the listserv for educators. Although you may find
assistance here....I think you may also have luck on that listserv too.
I, myself, have a Bachelors and Masters in Special Education and am
currently teaching in Ohio. I have taught for 12 years, working with students
with a variety of disabilities...more on the Mild to Moderate range....in
fact, that's my actual area....Mild/Moderate Intervention Specialist. I have
actually worked with students with learning disabilities, higher cognitive
disabilities, ADHD, ODD, Autism, some behavioral/mental health disorders,
hearing impairment, vision impairment, orthopedic impairments, etc.
Now, I will state that I am legally blind, so I have some usable vision
(I'm around 20/200 range)....so some of my techniques may not be the same as
someone who is totally blind. That, however, doesn't mean they can't do it
though...it's just different. A short little tidbit about my journey
though....when I was looking at colleges and deciding what I wanted to pursue,
my vocational rehab counselor told me that teaching wasn't a "blind
friendly field" and that if I pursued it, I would be making a huge mistake.
Needless to say, I didn't listen to him....course, I've never been afraid to
take the road less traveled. I have also proved him and many others that it
is possible.....with lots of work....and some advocacy on my part.
Just a couple quick things on working with students.
1. It is amazing how much behavior management can be done just with
hearing. I have had multiple students "test" me over the years, thinking I
would not be able to see what they were doing. And in some cases, they were
right...I couldn't see what they were doing....but I was always able to catch
them just by listening. They soon realize that when you can catch them
doing things without even seeing them, their perspective and behavior
2. When dealing with academic work.....when I have difficulty seeing what
they are doing...I use questioning as a technique to determine if they are
doing things correctly. If you are able to ask them to talk through what
they are doing....or ask them very specific questions that will give you
feedback as to whether they understand a concept, you don't necessarily need
to "see" their work.
3. In terms of medical emergencies....that is hard to say because every
medical emergency is different. For example, if a student faints lets
say...the other kids, simply out of shock or surprise are going to inform you of
it....its their natural tendency. You can develop a classroom atmosphere
that creates good communication between you and the students. If you
develop an atmosphere where you teach the students to care about one another,
they can be your eyes. Once you know about the emergency, there are ways to
deal with each situation.
These are just some thoughts off the top of my head. If I think of more,
I will pass them along. Like I said, the other listserv would probably be
If you have further questions, feel free to email me off list as well.
In a message dated 1/30/2014 8:50:15 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,
jsoro620 at gmail.com writes:
There's a student in Texas who is having difficulty obtaining a
certification in special education. The student has been told they would be
better off pursuing a second Master's to become a vision itinerant teacher
or using the credentials they have to be a counselor in the state's
vocational rehabilitation agency. The student would rather work with
special ed, specifically elementary-age students with behavioral disorders.
Unfortunately, there are a lot of concerns about making special
accommodations and the student's independent ability to make certain
observations. Now, I have zero experience in education, special or
otherwise. Are there people here who have, or are, pursuing this type of
career path who could pass along some tips for success? The student is a
hard-working 4.0 GPA achiever. It seems generally and legally incorrect
placements in general special education classes suddenly disappear when the
student informs the coordinators they are blind. Further, the student
not be sent to a state school for the blind by default just because the
student is blind. Any thoughts, advice and referrals would be welcomed.
Thanks in advance.
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