Special Education: The Road Less Traveled
Robert Frost wrote:
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
and knowing I could not be one traveler
and travel both, long I stood
and looked down one as far as I could
to where it bent in the undergrowth,
and then took the other, just as fair,
and having perhaps the better claim
because it was grassy and wanted wear.
Special education majors are the folks who choose to take "the other road," the one that few people take. They are not attracted by the road that leads to making money, as are most people; they choose the road that leads to serving others. All education majors choose this road, but it too, forks into two roads; when education majors come to where this road diverges, special education majors once again choose the road less traveled by: rather than choosing the road to teaching the “easy kids,” they choose the road to teach the children who are hard to teach, and sometimes even hard to love.
That’s what makes special education majors so special and so few.
Because MSU’s special education program only has about a dozen juniors and a dozen seniors at a time, we are a close group. Students know each other well, they know their professors, and their professors know them. We all become close friends. Every semester, we all have the opportunity to fellowship in each others’ homes, students and faculty alike. Every year, we all have the opportunity to travel to the state convention, share hotel rooms, and make life-long memories.
In the special education program, students have field experiences ranging from working with three and four year old children with disabilities in an inclusion program, to working with high school students in community based instruction. They have hands-on activities including learning about access in a wheelchair experience, and learning what running errands on the city bus system is like for persons with disabilities. They enjoy service learning by volunteering to assist with recreational activities at The Arc of Wichita County, and their senior year, they collaborate with The Arc and with Early Head Start to assess needs, and from those assessments, plan and conduct special events that helps meet those needs.
Explore our special education pages. Read about our students. Read about what they have to say about our program. Read about our faculty. Then decide whether or not you want to join us and take the road less traveled.
Special Education Undergraduate Links
1) Profiles of Our Special Education Major Graduates
2) Profiles of Our Current Special Education Undergraduate Majors
3) What Our Majors Say About Our Program
4) Council for Exceptional Children
5) Attending Our Annual TCEC Conference
6) Faculty Profiles
7) What to Expect in Your SPED Classes
8) Volunteer Opportunities.