How to Become a Special Education Teacher in Georgia

I am writing this article because I decided to change careers from social work to teaching and had no idea initially how to do it. I thought it would be impossible because I was a single mom (recently divorced) of a 2 year old little girl and needed to work full-time to pay the bills. Also, my daughter was in daycare while I worked, and I didn’t know how I would be able to attend night classes (she had to be picked up by 6:00pm). I was working at the Department of Family and Children Services as a child protective services investigator. I enjoyed being able to help children, but the crazy hours and being on call were not working for me being a single mom. I had a friend that was in investigations with me and she told me she was actually thinking about becoming a teacher. She told me that the you can find online programs for special education teachers. The State of Georgia will allow you to get a provisional teaching certificate while you complete your schooling online. The best part is that you can begin teaching right away.If you are interested in teaching, you need to already have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university.To do:
*Take the GACE Basic Skills Test or be exempted based on certain SAT, GRE, or ACT scores.
*Do a Google search for “online teaching programs in Georgia” and apply for the program you are interested in.
*Secure employment with a local school. Make sure you highlight your experience in working with children. I have found that it is so much easier finding employment teaching special education because the need is so great. Just send your resumes out and prep for your interviews!I had an amazing experience in beginning my teaching career. Teaching special education is a rewarding career with good benefits. It really is a unique opportunity to be able to earn while you learn and finish your degree. Please keep in mind, many programs use a cohort philosophy, and only accept new students to begin each spring semester. It’s important to plan ahead and get started taking your GACE Basic Skills Test so you will be ready to apply before the application deadline.