Hear from Kelsey Hanson, an Undergrad Student

Kesley-Hanson-testimonial13563245_10206166385427470_382880100_nWhy I Chose Special Education As A Career Path

Growing up, I was always uncertain about what I wanted to do when I was older. I thought of teaching but often pushed it to the back of my mind. The only certain idea I had was that I wanted to work with children with special needs. This passion originated from the fact that my brother, Dylan, has Down syndrome.

Having Dylan as a brother shaped me into the person I am today. Without him, I’m not sure I would have found the path of teaching special education. 

I loved every second I was in that classroom.

I just finished my sophomore year studying special education at Eastern Illinois University, and I couldn’t be happier.

Through my first practicum experience, I discovered my love for teaching students with disabilities ranging from mild to moderate and working with students in kindergarten to fourth grade.

I loved every second I was in the that classroom. I learned valuable teaching techniques and how to manage behaviors in the short amount of time I was there.

The best [reward] is seeing your students achieve their goals.

There are so many rewards that come out of teaching special education, but I believe the best is seeing your students achieve their goals and their resulting happiness.

As I’ve learned with Dylan, it may be days, weeks, months, or even years for a child to complete one goal, but their satisfaction is priceless. That’s what inspires me as I think about my future students, and knowing that I can help them and make a difference makes me extremely happy.

Next Step: Earning My Master’s

As I look ahead, earning a master’s is part of my plan. This website will be particularly helpful when I need to specify my teaching focus and find the best master’s program for my future. There are hundreds of options out on the internet that easily overwhelm a student, but I believe that this website differentiates itself. It allows me to comprehensively learn about my options with program rankings, details possible careers within special education, and enables me to stay up to date with current trends in the field. This website will make me a better informed student and teacher.”

-Kelsey Hanson

Eastern Illinois University (’18)