Hi dear special education teachers; I'm in CA studying for my last CSET test. Passing this, and finding out if I passed two other tests (I did pass the first one) will determine if I get into a intern special ed teaching program that will "most probably" begin spring 2018. (specialize in mild/moderate - later will try to get certification for early childhood intervention). I know this is not an easy career to go into. When I happen to meet a special ed teacher I always ask how they like their job. Several have tried to talk me out of it, the others I talk to love their job. It seems so much comes down to the particular school, level of support, and probably one's level of experience. Correct me if I'm wrong. As I am studying - for the math and biology exam which will be the hardest for me - been out school for decades besides a few classes here and there...I am becoming more curious about exactly what the stress component is. My best uneducated take is that its the keeping up with bureaucracy. I presume another stress will be sometimes, dealing with teachers, and parents, and perhaps even the principal. A lot of people to deal with besides the students!! Keeping up with the IEP's....and all the organization and timing that goes into that. However now my big question is....is the stress the intense workload? Or is it emotional/dealing with people so intensely constantly? I have one other question....and its a weird one. Is it possible to get a special ed teaching job that is only 75% time? I have never seen ads for that. Up at a school at Humbolt, the administrator there said some students did get jobs part-time because there are many outlying small towns that only need a teacher part-time. But I never hear of special ed teachers "sharing" or co teaching class like you sometimes hear of general ed teachers doing. Its kind of a long story why I am even asking this, so won't go into unless someone asks. How many of you enjoy teaching? If you could have done something else, what would you have done? Thanks in advance for your time.