The Department of Special Education of the Sacramento County Office of Education (SCOE) provides special education-related services to all 13 school districts in Sacramento County for students from birth to 22 years of age. The mission of the SCUSD Special Education Department is to provide appropriate, high-quality, evidence-based supports and services to students in the least restrictive learning environment. The recommendations in the report continue to inspire the continuous improvement efforts of the department of special education and the District as a whole. For additional information on these reports and metrics that the District is currently monitoring, visit the Special Education Continuous Improvement Dashboard.
On behalf of the SCUSD Special Education Department, I hope this message reaches you well. Are you interested in pursuing a career as a special education teacher? If so, you should know that there are many courses available that introduce you to this profession. These courses cover topics such as professional opportunities available within this field, skills required by special educators, accreditation requirements for working with disabled students, prerequisites for promotion such as reflection and empathy, credentials program etc. In addition to biographical readings and career plans, these courses also require at least 30 hours of fieldwork with a special educator.
The Mathematics Teaching Methodology course is designed specifically for candidates who are looking to become special education teachers. This course helps them develop pedagogical knowledge related to teaching mathematics as well as favorable attitudes towards this subject matter. It also encourages them to work hard so they can understand new mathematical ideas better and motivate them to learn more about content and methodology related to teaching mathematics. More than 6500 students qualify for special education services within SCUSD district alone.
Candidates who are looking into Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) program can participate in early field activities at centers or programs that serve families with disabled children from birth up until kindergarten age. WorkAbility 1 is another program funded by federal grants administered by California State Department of Education which helps special education students gain work experience and skills so they can access labor market after they finish their secondary education. This program is designed specifically for those aged between 16-22 years old who are looking into becoming special educators themselves one day. The Master's Degree in Special Education Teaching requires candidates to complete advanced studies related to social and psychological issues which must be taken into account when it comes to educating clients with disabilities as well as their families, educators, communities and society as a whole.
Candidates must also develop research-writing skills so they can understand practice issues related to special education better as well as critical issues related policies within this field. Sacramento County Office of Education offers a wide range of special education programs for children from birth up until they reach 22 years old. These programs are designed to provide appropriate supports and services so that students can learn in an environment that is least restrictive for them. The SCUSD Special Education Department has been continuously improving its services based on reports from experts in this field.
In accordance with the SCUSD district's guiding principle, according to which “all students have an equal opportunity to graduate with the greatest number of post-secondary options out of the widest range of options”, every program and service provided through special education is dedicated to this principle. In conclusion, Sacramento County Office of Education provides numerous special education programs which are designed specifically for disabled children so they can learn within an environment that is least restrictive for them while also providing them with appropriate supports and services they need along their educational journey.