What do employers ask for in advertisements for special education positions?

Jennifer Stephenson*, Mark Carter

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Although qualified special educators are more likely to provide effective teaching for students with disabilities and special education needs, it seems many teachers in special education and support positions are not qualified for this role. The study reported here provided analysis of 219 job advertisements for special education positions in order to ascertain what employers required of applicants for special education positions. Advertisements represented all states and sectors in Australia, although the sample does not fully reflect the relative numbers of schools in each state. Most positions were for class teachers or for teachers providing support within and across schools. Special education qualifications and experience in special education were not common criteria for employment. The concerns raised by this finding are addressed through suggestions for formal recognition for special educators and accreditation of teacher education programs preparing special educators.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)51-62
Number of pages12
JournalAustralasian Journal of Special Education
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2014

Bibliographical note

Copyright 2014 Cambridge University Press. Article originally published in Australasian journal of special education, vol 38,/iss 1, pp. 51-62. The original article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/jse.2014.3.


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