Over five million children in the United States have been identified as having a specific weakness such as a learning disability, cognitive impairment, autism, or emotional disturbance that necessitates some type of special instruction. Teachers of these students need substitute teachers who can fill in for them when they must be out of the classroom.

When you work in special education settings as a substitute teacher, you have the opportunity to improve the lives of children with disabilities. Armed with a general knowledge of the situations you may be called upon to work in, as well as the basic skills necessary for success in the special education classroom, you are well prepared for any classroom as a substitute teacher.

Chapter Four of the Substitute Teacher Handbook provides a brief but in-depth overview of what to expect when working with students with special needs. The same information is found in the SubSkills™ Basic Online Training Course. In addition, the classroom management skills and teaching strategies mentioned earlier will be essential.