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, University of Kansas graduate Tim Wealton, saw the value of attaining a master’s degree in special education. What he found in the culminating project of KU’s online master’s in secondary special education program was an extremely beneficial exercise.
“The portfolio project is a digital portfolio providing evidence that demonstrates a mastery or understanding of about 80 or so competencies across a few different domains that relate to being a transition specialist.”
Tim found that the content that the portfolio class required him to delve into allowed him to feel more prepared to support individuals with disabilities as they transition into their adult lives.
To hear more from Tim about the value of the portfolio project, and how KU’s online master’s in secondary special education and transition helped him build necessary skills, watch his full response in the video below.
There's a total of 10 classes that you take in the program and the portfolio, the master's project is your 10th class. The portfolio project is a digital portfolio providing evidence that demonstrates a mastery or understanding of about 80 or so competencies across a few different domains that relate to being a transition specialist. And it's the culmination of all the classes that are a part of the graduate program. It takes this very long, very important list of standards, but all it's asking is, "Can you be effective in implementing this? And show us, prove it." We really got to dig deep into the really important content that allowed me to now feel like I'm more professionally ready to support individuals with disabilities moving forward into their adult lives.
And that’s just one aspect of the program that he found valuable—hear from Tim about the benefits of our curriculum and how it helped him increase his impact in the classroom by reading our blog here.