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How to become a Special Educational Needs Teacher

Discussion in 'Special educational needs' started by fmorrison1989, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. Hello,

    I'm going in to my final year of Uni studying English Literature, and I want to be a special needs teacher, specialising in autism. I was just wondering if anyone could give me advice as to how to do this, what courses do I need to take and which is the best route to take?

    Thank you in advance for any help you can offer,

  2. Gain some practical experience. Get your CRB check done and volunteer at a special school we are always pleased with extra help. Help out at holiday clubs for children with disabilities. Find out about the latest research by looking at National Autistic Society website. There are also The Autism Research centres, depending on where you live.
    Also working with small groups of children in your local primary school is good experience.
    Doing a PGCE is intensive. I personally feel having some mainstream experience is very beneficial as it helps you see the bigger picture.
    Hope that helps


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