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Since I'm going to be an Education major, would it be smart to double major in Early Childhood Education and Special Education?

Ever since I was a kid, I knew I wanted to become a teacher. Recently, I decided to study Special Education and I wanted to know if double majoring is smart or should I just stick with a major and a minor. #college-major #majors

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Hannah’s Answer

Hi! I think you should first check in with your advisor to see what your college path would look like. You want to make sure you get the coursework you need to get your SpEd certification because that’s what you’ll need to work with students with special needs. It’s likely that a minor would be enough, and if it means you can graduate sooner and take on less tuition or loans, that’s definitely the way to go. Teaching is the most incredible and rewarding career, but the pay is not enormous, so you’ll want to make sure you’re making a good financial decision for your future-teacher-self!
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Erica’s Answer

Taking special education classes is an excellent idea!! You don’t necessarily have to double major in both, you could do a minor in special education or you could take your required elective courses in all special education classes. I would check with your college advisor about the specifics and also research your state’s requirement for special education courses needed to 1) become a special education teacher and 2) have special education designation on your teaching certificate. This is an extremely rewarding career and your education will last you your lifetime. Good luck!
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Simeon’s Answer

If you can manage it, the double major may help you as far as keeping your job prospects more diverse. In particular, special education is a high demand specialization within teaching, so you are much more likely to find work with that specialization. Plus, it's pretty common in the field for teachers to realize that the type of student they chose to teach at first wasn't the best fit for them. If this happens for you, it'll help to be able to switch to the other category of teaching without additional prep.
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Mathew’s Answer

First let me applaud you on choosing to be a teacher, they have great impact on the students and are key to having well educated citizens and future progress for all. I would say Special Education teachers likely need additional training and experience to address and handle the specific special needs of the students being taught. So if you are considering that as a career, having the double major should definitely help you in your job

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