Perhaps you are currently a working professional in the field of education and you are looking to add to your technical knowledge so that you can potentially jumpstart your career. Or maybe you are looking for your teaching niche and are drawn to learning the methods that can help to guide gifted students and those with special needs. If so, a hybrid masters in special education graduate program can be a great academic choice with the potential to lead to a variety of professional possibilities.
The job outlook for special education teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2012 to 2022[i]. The number of children with disabilities is being identified earlier and they are being enrolled into special education programs, which increases the demand for special education teachers in preschool and kindergarten grades[i].
In general, special and gifted education graduate programs are aimed at preparing students with the methodologies and knowledge needed to be classroom teachers of students with special needs, and may also prepare teachers of general classes on how to include students who are either special needs or gifted in their classrooms. In the past, most students with special needs have been excluded from school[ii].
Some hybrid masters in special education degrees can allow teachers to focus on a specific population, whether an age group, or autism spectrum disorders, learning and behavior disorders, the visually impaired or education of the deaf or gifted students.