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What is an educational specialist?

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An educational specialist is a professional who collaborates with teachers and school administrators to design curriculum, coursework, teaching methods, student evaluations and class groupings to help students with their learning, particularly at-risk populations and those with special needs. Educational specialists typically work for school districts, charter schools and private schools.

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An educational specialist's duties and responsibilities depend on the needs of the school district or school. Some states have educational specialists focus their efforts solely on special needs students. In other states, educational specialists must first teach for several months before taking on additional responsibilities. Educational specialists also liaise with parents, guardians, student counselors and teachers in communicating expectations and progress. Licensing requirements vary by state, but educational specialists typically have at least a bachelor’s degree and an advanced degree in education, educational leadership or education administration.

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