If you are passionate about helping all children access education, regardless of their abilities, then a career as a special education aide might be a good choice for you. A special education aide works with teachers and therapists to help students with disabilities succeed.
While a teacher manages the whole classroom, the special education aide works with an individual student or small group to support the teacher's learning goals and help the students meet their needs. The work will vary with each child's needs-some may need an aide's assistance with physical tasks such as eating, others need help managing their emotions.
Most special education aides have associate's or bachelor's degrees in education, and some states require additional licenses to work with special education students. You should also have experience working with children. As a special education aide, be ready to go above and beyond during the school day and be your student's compassionate advocate.