Voices of the online master’s in secondary special education program: Tim Wealton, Graduate of the Program
As a high school teacher who worked in a life skills program with students with low incidence disabilities, KU graduate Tim Wealton realized what he really wanted was to be able to focus on the transition needs of his students. When he was looking for a master’s program, he wanted a program that did more than just boost his salary.
“I wanted to find something that was really meaningful for my instruction. And the way that the KU staff and the people behind the curriculum and program itself designed everything, was to allow for a very challenging but still accessible program.”
Tim found that the content was meaningful and he was able to implement the course readings, discussions and learnings in real-time with his own students.
To hear more from Tim about his passion for helping students with low incidence disabilities reach their full potential, and how KU’s online master’s in secondary special education and transition helped him increase his impact, watch his full response in the video below.
My name is Tim Wealton. I'm a graduate of KU's online program for special education and transition services. I worked in a high school in a life skills program teaching mainly students with low incidence disabilities, daily living skills, vocational skills, things like that, and really kind of fell in love with that particular niche of special education. So I looked specifically into transition programs. I really wanted to do something that wasn't just going to move me along the pay scale, though it's awesome too, but I wanted to find something that was really meaningful for my instruction and the way that the KU staff and the people behind the curriculum, the program in itself designed everything was to allow for a very challenging, but still accessible program. There wasn't any fat on the bone with this. It was really, really meaningful content stuff that I would learn about or read about or discuss over a video call or see in a presentation. The next day I'm implementing some of those things with my students.
And that’s just what one of our online graduates has to say—hear from Dr. Rick Ginsberg, dean of the University of Kansas School of Education and Human Sciences, about how KU prepares current and future educators to spearhead positive change in our blog post here.