Is it easier to be promoted with a Special Education background?
I know Assistant Principals deal with Special Education so I know it will be helpful, but I don't know if it looks better on an application to make any porgression through the school system. #special-education
That is an excellent question. I'm glad to see your interest in special education as it is a very rewarding career.
From experience, specializing in education definitely has its benefits. However, I wouldn't say that you have greater opportunities. Employers look for candidates who are well rounded. For example, I majored in both Deaf Education and Elementary Education. This provides with opportunities in both sectors of education and my employer could use me in various ways within the school system.
Also, another piece of advice for becoming more marketable---learn a language if you don't already have a second language. Employers are usually looking for prospective employees who can also communicate with parents who may only know Spanish for example. It's definitely an advantage I have had during my teaching experience and one that is appreciated by employers.
I wish you the very best in your future endeavors!
When you are deciding on a major, you can elect to focus on education - elementary, high school, etc. - depending on the program, you can also focus on Special Education or complete a Master's degree in this program once you graduate. Being able to work with both general and special education populations will make you a more well rounded teacher and, perhaps, in more demand depending on the school district and their needs. This also allows you to teach different courses and different ages in the same school year as opposed to being a 5th grade teacher or a history teacher only.
This link might be helpful: http://www.learnhowtobecome.org/special-education-teacher/