5. What are the requirements for Special Education (SPED) teachers?

SPED teachers must hold a Bachelor’s degree and full state certification as a special education teacher.

Special Education teachers must be identified as “teacher of record” or “not-teacher of record”. A “teacher of record” directly instructs, evaluates, and assigns grades to students in core academic subjects. A teacher identified as “not-teacher of record” does not directly instruct students in core academic subjects; the role is limited to providing highly qualified teachers with consultation on the adaptation of curricula, the use of behavioral supports and interventions, the selection of appropriate accommodations, assisting students with study or organization skills, or reinforcing instruction the child has already received from a teacher who is highly qualified in that core academic subject.