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Become A Resource Specialist Teacher

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Working As A Resource Specialist Teacher

  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Evaluating Information to Determine Compliance with Standards
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Organizing, Planning, and Prioritizing Work
  • Documenting/Recording Information
  • Unpleasant/Angry People

  • $71,680

    Average Salary

Example Of What A Resource Specialist Teacher does

  • Communicate with guidance counselors from area high schools.
  • Created weekly and daily individualized lesson plans for students.
  • Assisted teachers in writing individual education plans for children.
  • Complete responsibility for Middle School and High School Special Needs Students' education.
  • Provided in service for general education teachers, as needed.
  • Focus on Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, History, PE, and visual and performing arts.
  • Review applicable documents related to student's potential need for special education.
  • Provided direct instruction for whole group and provided reinforcement and assistance in small group and one-on-one situations.
  • Adapted History, Algebra 1, and English assignments for students with learning disabilities.
  • Analyze student data to increases student achievement and performance.
  • Participate in consultation and Student Study Team meetings as appropriate.
  • Participated in the development of IEPs.
  • Trained fellow staff on Social Studies teaching strategies and technology initiatives.
  • Prepare and conduct weekly professional development meetings that target specific content and grade level needs.
  • Observe students in order to conduct a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA).

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How To Become A Resource Specialist Teacher

Special education teachers in public schools are required to have at least a bachelor’s degree and a state-issued certification or license. Private schools typically require teachers to have a bachelor’s degree, but teachers are not required to be licensed or certified. For information about teacher preparation programs and certification requirements, visit Teach.org or contact your state’s board of education.

Education

All states require special education teachers in public schools to have at least a bachelor’s degree. Some earn a degree specifically in special education. Others major in elementary education or a content area, such as math or science, with a minor in special education.

In a program leading to a bachelor’s degree in special education, prospective teachers learn about the different types of disabilities and how to present information so that students will understand. These programs typically include fieldwork, such as student teaching. To become fully certified, some states require special education teachers to complete a master’s degree in special education.

Teachers in private schools do not need to meet state requirements. However, private schools may prefer to hire teachers who have at least a bachelor’s degree in special education.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

All states require teachers in public schools to be licensed. A license is frequently referred to as a certification. Those who teach in private schools are not required to be licensed. Most states require teachers to pass a background check.

Requirements for certification vary by state. In addition to a bachelor’s degree, states also require teachers to complete a teacher preparation program and supervised experience in teaching. Some states require a minimum grade point average. Teachers may be required to complete annual professional development classes or a master’s degree program to maintain their license.

Many states offer general licenses in special education that allow teachers to work with students with a variety of disabilities. Others offer licenses or endorsements based on a disability-specific category, such as autism or behavior disorders.

Some states allow special education teachers to transfer their licenses from another state. Other states require even an experienced teacher to pass their state’s licensing requirements.

All states offer an alternative route to certification for people who already have a bachelor’s degree. Some alternative certification programs allow candidates to begin teaching immediately, under the close supervision of an experienced teacher. These alternative programs cover teaching methods and child development. Candidates are awarded full certification after they complete the program. Other programs require prospective teachers to take classes in education before they can start to teach. They may be awarded a master’s degree after completing either type of program.

Training

Some special education teachers need to complete a period of fieldwork, commonly referred to as student teaching, before they can work as a teacher. In some states, this program is a prerequisite for a license to teach in public schools. During student teaching, they gain experience in preparing lesson plans and teaching students in a classroom setting, under the supervision and guidance of a mentor teacher. The amount of time required for these programs varies by state, but may last from 1 to 2 years. Many universities offer student teaching programs as part of a degree in special education.

Advancement

Experienced teachers can advance to become mentor or lead teachers who help less experienced teachers improve their teaching skills.

Teachers may become school counselors, instructional coordinators, assistant principals, or principals. These positions generally require additional education, an advanced degree, or certification. An advanced degree in education administration or leadership may be helpful.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Special education teachers discuss students’ needs and performances with general education teachers, parents, and administrators. They also explain difficult concepts in terms that students with learning disabilities can understand.

Critical-thinking skills. Special education teachers assess students’ progress and use that information to adapt lessons to help them learn.

Interpersonal skills. Special education teachers regularly work with general education teachers, school counselors, administrators, and parents to develop Individualized Education Programs. As a result, they need to be able to build positive working relationships.

Patience. Working with students with special needs and different abilities can be difficult. Special education teachers should be patient with each student, as some may need the instruction given aloud, at a slower pace, or in writing.  

Resourcefulness. Special education teachers must develop different ways to present information in a manner that meets the needs of their students. They also help general education teachers adapt their lessons to the needs of students with disabilities.

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21 Resource Specialist Teacher jobs

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, STEP

$35,500 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, Reading

$35,500 Estimated

Learning Care Group
Ashburn, VA
Lead Teacher / Teacher

$24,490 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, Art

$46,132 Estimated

The Goddard School
Ashburn, VA
Kindergarten Lead Teacher in Ashburn

$24,490 Estimated

Kindercare
Ashburn, VA
Lead PS Teacher / 9\\:30-6\\:30

$24,490 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, Physical Education (Itinerant)

$48,385 Estimated

Kindercare
Ashburn, VA
School Age Lead Teacher / Bus Driver / 2-6\:30

$28,570 Estimated

Kincaid Montessori School
Ashburn, VA
Infant Toddler Teacher

$32,490 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, Social Science (Department Chair)

$60,897 Estimated

Kincaid Montessori School
Ashburn, VA
Lead Toddler Montessori Teacher

$32,157 Estimated

The Goddard School
Ashburn, VA
The Goddard School is looking for Kindergarten Lead Teacher in Ashburn

$24,490 Estimated

Verizon
Ashburn, VA
Resource Deployment Analyst

$48,620 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher Assistant, Special Education

$38,230 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher Assistant, Special Education

$38,230 Estimated

Loudoun County Public Schools
Ashburn, VA
Teacher, Special Education (Visually Impaired)

$38,230 Estimated

Kindercare
Ashburn, VA
Assistant Teacher / Housekeeper 2\:30PM-8\:30PM

$42,740 Estimated

ESF Camps
North Bethesda, MD
Camp Fencing Specialist / Teacher

$63,170 Estimated

ESF Summer Camps
North Bethesda, MD
True Life Adventure: Camp Outdoor Adventure (Rockwall) Specialist / Teacher

$63,170 Estimated

ESF Summer Camps
North Bethesda, MD
Camp Fencing Specialist / Teacher

$63,170 Estimated

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Real Resource Specialist Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Academic Specialist-Teacher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Nov 01, 2010 $76,126
Academic Specialist-Teacher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Jan 09, 2016 $70,000
Resource Specialist Teacher Coachella Valley Unified School District Thermal, CA Dec 15, 2010 $62,459
Specialist-Teacher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Mar 23, 2012 $60,840
Mandarin Specialist/Associate Teacher Bullis Charter School Los Altos, CA Jul 29, 2015 $60,383
Specialist-Teacher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Oct 01, 2015 $60,000
Specialist-Teacher Michigan State University East Lansing, MI Nov 01, 2010 $58,640
Resource Specialist Teacher Larchmont Charter School Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2010 $47,612
Resource Specialist Teacher Larchmont Charter School Los Angeles, CA Oct 01, 2010 $47,611
Teacher/Specialist-Math Unified School District of Marshfield Marshfield, WI Aug 31, 2016 $45,000 -
$50,000
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Top Skills for A Resource Specialist Teacher

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Top Resource Specialist Teacher Skills

  1. Individual Classroom Teachers
  2. Mathematics Curriculum
  3. Special Education Teachers
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Develop daily lesson plans and effectively communicate with parents and other outside support clinicians regarding student progress and achievement.
  • Observe students in order to conduct a Functional Behavior Analysis (FBA).
  • Provided in service for general education teachers, as needed.
  • Focus on Language Arts, Math, Social Studies, History, PE, and visual and performing arts.
  • Participate in consultation and Student Study Team meetings as appropriate.
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