Teaching Students with Disabilities

Cultivate the talents of children with special needs.

You appreciate the challenges and rewards of helping students with disabilities reach educational milestones. At Brooklyn College you’ll find a rich variety of classes that will give you both the practical skills and the most current research you’ll need to teach children with disabilities. Your course load depends on your previous teaching experience, but everyone in the program takes education classes focused on optimal teaching techniques for disabled students. If you’ve never taught students with special needs before, you’ll also spend plenty of time out in the field, garnering critical real-life experience.

This program provided me with an opportunity to enhance my knowledge about the special education laws, support children with disabilities, modify lessons to assist children with special needs, and appreciate the importance of collaboration.

Shereen Malik ’12

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Quick Facts

  • According to the U.S. Labor Department, employment of special-education teachers is expected to jump by 17 percent — an increase of nearly 82,000 jobs — between now and 2018.
  • The Education for All Handicapped Children Act (1975) and its successor statute, the Individuals with Disabilities Act (1989), were designed to make sure public schools were equipped to educate disabled students.
  • Our students receive extra support and encouragement as members of our Student Association for Special Education.

Possible Careers

  • Special education teacher at a public elementary school
  • After-school tutor of students with disabilities
  • Consultant with policy groups focused on the disabled population