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changing from special education to regular education

changing from special education to regular education

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Hi All! Has anyone transferred out of spec. ed. to reg. ed.? I am thinking of trying to do so and wonder what others' experiences have been. I really would like to hear others' perspectives.

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Hubert V. Yee's picture
Hubert V. Yee
social media and marketing manager of startup

Hi CC Crenshaw,

Please reference this Web site . While I am not an expert on this subject matter and am in no way endorsing this organization, but I hope this lead helps generate some answers.

Mary Kattreh's picture

I taught several years in a special education resource room and transferred into a 2nd/3rd grade split class for a few years and then into a straight 2nd grade class. I did this for about 6 years. I have since returned to special education. My experience in the general education class taught me that often the spe.ed. students were all placed in my room, due to may experience/spe.ed. certification and that the paperwork demands were significantly less in gen.ed than in spe.ed. For me, however, the rewards have far out weighed the lofty paperwork demands I have experienced in spe.ed. Good luck.

june's picture
special ed teacher

When a student is placed in special ed. their cirumstances are taken into consideration. The special ed teacher is aware of psychological factors caused by foster care. Sometimes that changes has the child gets a stable, trusting environment. Students have an annual IEP meeting every year to determine progress on goals. Students do get phased out to main stream if they no longer has a deficit. You do not have to insist on a re-evaluation, the special ed teacher will contact you about one. If you want a meeting at anytime before the re-evaluation due date, you have the right to request one, the teacher won't get upset its part of the job. Maybe a regular meeting with teacher will answer your questions. An IEP meeting requires various individuals to attend and consumes more time if it is not needed.

Once you have guardianship of the child please contact the special ed. teacher or shool psychologist, they can talk to you. Also if the child will be moving to a new school were you live, the special ed teacher will arrange an IEP meeting within 10 days of the student entering. I hope I answered your questions.

Hanaa El-Ansary's picture

I work in a private school and I am interested in mainstreaming Early Learners into multi-aged preschool classrooms. Transitions between classrooms has been issues for these students and I would appreciate if someone can share special education strategies that would help support preschoolers with ADHD, Sensory processing, and mild Autism.

lisagrade8's picture

Do you lose seniority even if the transfer is within the same school district? Does this affect pension at all?

lisagrade8's picture

Where do you work Mary? In my district, we no longer teach self-contained. We only have inclusion where we co-teach (gen ed teacher and a spec ed teacher). All students are in the mainstream classrooms.

lisagrade8's picture

Thank you LK for your information. I tech 8th grade Special ed and my district is ALL inclusion so there are no longer any small group teachings or pull out. I got into Special Ed because I liked the pull out (small group classes) that Special Ed teachers got to teach. I do not like coteaching with a Gen Ed teacher in the gen ed classroom for many reasons (mainly though because we are treated like and feel like an Instructional Assistant in the class). We are expected to co-teach however the Gen Ed teachers are very guarded when it comes to "their classrooms". Even the students see you as not a real teacher. We are seen as the helpers. I would love to transfer to a Gen Ed position, but not sure what grade level and I'm unsure of this would make me have to take additional college courses. I am certified K-6 in gen ed and Spec Ed K-12. My professional licensure is in 5-8 Spec Ed. If you can teah in small sub-separate classes then that sounds great but as a Special Ed teacher, I dont know if you would want to co-teach all day with 1 block off for a prep. What do you think?

lisagrade8's picture

I am all for inclusion and totally agree that students benefit from being within the mainstream classroom with their peers. However, as a Special Education teacher, we now have to co-teach all day long with the gen ed teacher and we feel like Instructional Assistants. Not all teachers are open to sharing THEIR classrooms and it can be a very bad experience for the Spec Ed teacher. Students think that we are not real teachers and just "helpers". I am also wondering if Gen Ed is the way to go for me as well because of this. Special Ed teachers are treated badly and as second class citizens.

Seoul's picture

Is there anyone can help us. Our son was enrolled in a Sped school for 4yrs. And we found out that a General education teacher is the one handling them. Their reason was, there's a small number of sped teachers applying for the job. And if we really wants a sped teacher to teach our son, we need to put them under one on one session which is not levelling. Does it sounds reasonable? Pls help.

Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA's picture
Katie Schellenberg, JD, MA
Advocate, Lawyer, Teacher and Founder of Beyond Tutoring

Hi Seoul,

I would request a conference and discuss the reasonableness of the accommodations and how your son's education can be more suited to fit his needs. Talk to the teacher, talk to the principal and admin contact -- you can be your son's best advocate.

Good luck!

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