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what are possible internships in special education

i was informed about was an intership could help me with other jobs in the special education other than teaching and i want to understand what those could include, and other information on those #education #teaching #college #internships

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Stephanie’s Answer

Hi Natalie,

I was born and raised in Ohio and attended Bowling Green State Univ. where I earned a degree in Special and Elementary Education. For my Special Ed. internship .....

I wasn't sure what I wanted to do, so I had two internships (each 1/2 day). In the morning I worked with disabled toddlers in a PreK program. In the afternoon I worked with disabled adults in a classroom/factory setting. Both were extremely rewarding and helped me define my path.

In the summers I worked at a local Special Ed preschool as a Teacher Asst. and loved it and learned so much from the teachers in the class.

So ..... beyond your internship, you could also seek summer/winter break employment or volunteer opportunities with various age groups to help you fine tune your goals.

Here's an article I found that might be helpful: "Eight Great Jobs for Former Special Education Teachers"
https://www.noodle.com/articles/8-great-alternative-careers-for-special-needs-teachers

Much luck in your journey,

Stephanie Hamilton
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T.’s Answer

Non-Profit Internships at Seneca Hands-On Work with Youth and Families. Social Competence. Administration Planning. Extraordinary Programs. Interagency Collaboration. Backing Youth and Families. Unrestricted Care. Individualized Care. Types: Counselor, Education, Kids, Psychology, Social Services, Therapist.
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Margaret’s Answer

When I studied education in college, we had placements that were given to us. I agree with the above from Anna to reach out to your advisor. They also may have connections where you could shadow someone that is in the field you are looking for with special education. I would also check in your location to see if there are facilities that help with special education.
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Anna’s Answer

Hello Natalie,

As a former school administrator who was part of the annual Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings, the following staff would often be present:
*Case Carrier (Special Education teacher)
*General Education teachers
*School Psychologist
*Speech and Language Pathologist
*Outside Service Providers
*School Counselor
*District Program Specialist

During IEP meetings, I would primarily see interns or someone completing their credential (hours) requirements from the positions of School Psychologists, School Counselors, Speech and Language Pathologists, Special Education and General Education teachers.

You are correct - an internship can give you an idea of specific opportunities in the field of Special Education - and determine if these positions are a good fit for your interests. This field usually has many job opportunities. Best of luck to you!

Anna recommends the following next steps:

You may want to discuss internship opportunities with your college advisor. He/she can tell you about the internship agreements they have with local school districts.
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