The Professional Development Experiences Of Special Education Teachers In Teaching Students With Autism Spectrum Disorder

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Dr. Hani Atia Aljohani


The current study explored how special education teachers perceive professional development in teaching students with autism spectrum disorder. From a qualitative perspective, 13 teachers have been online interviewed individually and in a focus group. Findings indicated that teachers went through several stages to develop professionally, starting with a bachelor’s degree to reach expertise. In addition, teachers reported sources of professional development such as volunteering, self-learning, and teamwork. Findings also, suggested that high professional development results in fostering student learning and achievement and enhances teachers’ persistence in reaching their education goals.

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