Resource teachers are instructors who specifically teach students with physical and/or learning disabilities. The specialized environment that resource teachers help provide focuses on life skills and academic goals tailored to the students' needs. Resource teachers often do not work with children on an individual basis on individual subjects; instead, they are more likely to work with small groups of students on a wider array of subjects.
Resource teachers must be able to use - and help students to use - adaptive technology such as dictation software and visual aids as needed. They also need to be able to develop and execute lessons that teach their students while effectively engaging their interest. Other duties performed by resource teachers include working with fellow special education staff members, interacting with parents and guardians as required, effectively handling any disciplinary or interpersonal issues, and evaluating and monitoring progress for each student.
Some resource teachers also specialize in working with infants and toddlers, while others work in elementary, middle, or high schools. Generally, these professionals must have at least a bachelor's degree in education or a related field, as well as a valid teaching certificate in their state. Some resource teachers may be required to have specialized training related to their position, and previous experience is often required or preferred.
Resource Teacher Tasks
Assist with special needs students and related curriculum and supplementary materials.
Deliver instructional programs and track data to monitor their impact.
Work with teachers to coordinate, implement, and assess curriculum, supplies and materials.
Organize and maintain resource center, identifying student needs and meeting them.
Deliver tests and assessments to students and teachers, then interpret results.