Discussion: Mapping your Professional Pathway
For this Discussion, you will create a concept map identifying possible future plans in your PhD, EdD or EdS program and in the field of special education, uncovering what’s ahead, discovering the resources and professional relationships required as well as identifying your personal strengths and needs.
Creating a concept map will identify the steps and tasks you need to accomplish your special education professional pathway. This concept map will also help lay the ground work for your future plans in your doctoral program and in the field of special education.
- Reflect upon the areas of interest and topics that you identified in EDUC 8002/7000.
- Investigate research on your areas of interest and topics as well as associated positions in the field of special education.
- Reflect on your current position in the field of special education as it relates to your topic of interest and consider positions you would like to hold in the field.
- Review the Special Education (SPED) Program Course Descriptions and Course Learning Outcomes for this course to preview what you will be learning throughout your program.
- Review all module Learning Resources.
- Review the media in the Learning Resources on creating a concept map.
By Day 3 of Week 1
Post a concept map of your professional special education pathway. Be sure your concept map illustrates your:
- Current short- and long-term goals
- Areas of research interest
- Possible future positions in the field of special education
- What you want to learn in your advanced degree program
Review several of your colleagues’ concept maps and note those to which you would like to respond with advice, questions, comments, and/or encouragement.
By Day 5 of Week 1
Respond to two or more of your colleagues’ concept maps in any of the following ways:
- Offer any suggestions, ideas, or support for their concept maps
- Ask a probing or clarifying question
- Share any insights, experiences, and/or resources you have related to your colleagues’ areas of research interest or their possible future positions in the field of special education.