In what subject am I better off?

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Registered: 04-07-2002
In what subject am I better off?
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 5:27am

Eventually, I will be certified in English, History, Music, and secondary special ed.

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Registered: 10-06-1997
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:31pm

If your goal is to be employed, special education is the way to go. I am on a listserv for music teachers, and just about every day a list member announces that they (and multiple other music teachers in their district) have been RIFed. Programs are being reduced or completely eliminated all across the U.S.

My district almost always has SPED positions open, from elementary resource room to self contained DD and BD rooms at all levels, year round. I do not think there are many all-special needs schools left in the U.S. - they are simply not "least restrictive". I have one all-special needs class at my middle school, but we had to fight to get it, as the admin level of the sped department was not convinced it was right - the only time these students were integrated with typical students was when they came and spectated my choir class. They were in no way able to participate, however. I love having them come on their own - they are a delight, and I am able to actually teach them at a level where they can participate and learn... at least some of them. The totally non-verbal, non-responsive kid is still just spectating, but my kids with severe Autism and Downs are engaged and making progress, and even my mostly non-verbal kid is following along and starting to make sound when we sing.

I am the only middle school music teacher (we have 7 middle schools) who has a class like this, though, even though there are similar SPED classes in other buildings. Since performance classes are all about large class size to reduce FTE (finance-wise), it is unlikely that any one else will be allowed a class of 8-10 students - especially since they come with three para-educators.

The only job that seems to have even more openings than special education is Speech-Language Pathology.....

Edited 4/20/2010 9:11 am ET by caraleas

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Registered: 03-24-2003
Sun, 04-18-2010 - 8:57pm

I think I agree with Cara. Music is so unreliable due to cuts and RIFs. Special Ed just keeps growing.



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Registered: 08-23-1997
Mon, 04-19-2010 - 4:22pm
Special ed for sure if you want to always have a job. It's always a shortage area. In CT where I teach, music is supposed to be a shortage area but, I wouldn't go the unified arts route. We're always the first to be cut.