Special educators help students with emotional, intellectual, and physical disabilities meet specific standards. Those working in special education understand that there are many benefits and drawbacks associated with their field. Thus, they seek advocates and risk management specialists whenever something goes wrong or if they are not able to provide specific services.


The most notable reward special educators enjoy is aiding students with disabilities in achieving their goals. They do this by pushing in or pulling out. Sometimes, special educators will push in, meaning they will work with students with disabilities within a general education setting. Other times, special educators will pull out, meaning they will pull students with disabilities out of their general education classrooms and work with them one-on-one or in small groups.


Special educators face a wide array of challenges. They have to collaborate with general educators to give their students optimal learning experiences. Many special educators have a hard time scheduling planning sessions with general educators or communicating in meaningful ways with them. Another challenge special educators have to face is resource-related. Some schools do not have the funds needed to purchase the assistive technology special educators must have to facilitate lessons and activities.

Special education is necessary. Those who work in it need a substantial amount of support.

The Rewards and Challenges of Being a Special Educator