If you’re preparing to apply for a job as a special education teacher, your resume offers you a golden opportunity to highlight your areas of expertise that best suit you to the position. It’s one of several types of resumes for teachers that you can develop using examples on this site.
The phrase “special education” generally denotes those with learning difficulties and covers such a wide variety of students’ needs and circumstances, that it’s likely that no two education programs designed to help children with learning differences or difficulties will be exactly the same. So your experience in closely monitoring the progress of individual children and in adapting materials, curricula, schemes of work, and classroom settings will be of particular interest.
You will also have the opportunity to indicate any history you have in teaching the disabled, those with behavioral or emotional issues, communication problems, or conditions such as attention deficit disorder. All of these challenges call for a high level of skill, compassion, and empathy on the part of the specialist teacher.
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This sample resume is for a teacher who began her career as a second grade teacher and has specialized subsequently in special education.
24 Autumn Wood Drive, Lincoln, NE 68514
Tel: (098) 765-4321
SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER
Committed and caring Special Education Teacher, devoted to the needs of individual students and to helping them overcome personal challenges to achieve their best academic and social potential. Highly skilled in adapting teaching styles to diverse learners’ needs. Flexible in adapting to non-routine situations and changing priorities. Actively involved with parents / guardians to maximize learning outcomes. Dedicated to facilitating provision of enriching education in the Least Restrictive Environment (LRE).
|• Teaching disabled students||• Record keeping, case files|
|• Individual / group instruction||• Communicate / confer with parents / guardians|
|• Modified observation / assessment||• Cross-curricular planning|
|• Development of Individualized Education Programs (IEPs)||• Supervise teacher assistants|
|• Support general teachers re special needs||• Support / lead Magnet Program activities|
Barron School District, Hillingford, NE (2007 – present)
Special Education Teacher
- Provide special education instruction to students with SLDs as required.
- Employ a wide range of differentiation strategies to maximize learning outcomes.
- Contribute to the development of IEPs in line with special needs assessments.
- Maintain current IEPs and monitor for accuracy.
- Liaise with other teaching colleagues to resolve problems and enhance learning success and student development.
- Keep full and accurate records of individual student assessments and programming needs.
- Regularly refresh knowledge of current standards, practices, and regulations pertaining to special needs education.
- Committed to ensuring a top quality education for every child, irrespective of physical or emotional disability, impairment, or background.
- Promote sensitivity to and respect for diversity in all its forms.
- Communicate effectively and appropriately with students, families, administrative staff, and other stakeholders.
- Contribute to staff performance evaluations and assessments.
- Implement crisis prevention and other behavior strategies in keeping with school policies.
- Maintain neat, orderly classroom environment.
- Supervise teacher assistants as required.
Gentian School, Eastridge, NE (2001 – 2007)
Second Grade Teacher
- Used curriculum maps to devise enriching, objective driven lesson plans.
- Used differentiation and adaptive strategies to ensure every student was engaged at a developmentally appropriate level.
- Assessed and tracked performance against standards-aligned goals.
- Provided regular, constructive feedback to students in age-appropriate tones and language.
- Updated students individual learning plans in line with progress measured.
- Created a learning environment in which each student strived for her / his best.
- Established, promoted and enforced age-appropriate rewards and sanctions according to school policy.
- Maintained clear, constructive, and regular communication and collaboration with parents and guardians, via student folders, notes home, newsletters, phone-calls and special meetings as well as scheduled PT conferences.
- Engaged in critical reflection to enhance my own teaching performance.
- Indicated areas for professional development with departmental managers and actively pursued opportunities for in-service training.
- Maintained a prompt, co-operative and professional demeanor in all dealings with students, parents and teaching colleagues.
- Germaine University, NE: B.A. Early Childhood Education
- Teacher Certification
- Highly Qualified Teacher status (No Child Left Behind)
- Brangan High School, Brangan, NE: High School Diploma
SPECIAL SKILLS / EXPERIENCE
- Pediatric First Aid Course / CPR / AED
- Camp Counselor (Summer School), Lincoln, NE
- Athletics, Softball, Gymnastics
- Microsoft Office skills (Word, Excel, Powerpoint)