Module 1 Philosophy Assignment 

Module 1 Philosophy Assignment 

Given your previous experiences and the material you have read, write at least a two-page description of your personal philosophy of special education, citing any sources you use.  In addition, choose two activities from the list below to complete. Write a summary of each activity and how it relates to any aspect of your philosophy.

For the philosophy statement, address the following questions (and any others you feel necessary) in a narrative format:

Part one: My Ideas about special education

  • What is a disability?
  • How should a disability be handled in/by society?
  • How should students with disabilities be treated in schools, colleges, and the workplace?
  • What should the education of students with disabilities look like?
  • What ethical considerations must I face as a special educator?

Include a rationale for your ideas. This should be an honest description of your ideas at this moment in time.

Part two: My Ideas about my role as an educator

  • Who are the students I serve? Will I serve students with disabilities?
  • How can I meet the unique needs of students (and those with disabilities) within the context of my school and classroom?
  • What are some barriers to meeting these unique needs?
  • What is one goal I have for myself related to this course?

Part three: Summary of activities and their relation to your philosophy (choose 2 of the following; observations should be at least 1 hour each) Note: these observations should not take place in a public school setting. Do not go through the GMU CEHD Field Experience Office to arrange your observation(s).  These need to be arranged in a community setting by you.

  • Observe relevant community settings
  • Shadow/interview an individual in a position of interest to you in a community setting (e.g., Interpreter, teacher, audiologist, counselor, physical therapist, etc.) Interview a person with a disability
  • Interview a sibling of a person with a disability
  • Interview a parent of a person with a disability
  • Interview the entire family of an exceptional learner
  • Conduct an accessibility assessment
  • Attend a relevant information presentation

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Post your paper to your Blackboard Assignments section for Module 1. This is a private posting. Only you and I will be able to see what you have posted. Please be as honest and reflective as possible.

Assignment Rubric

Module 1 Assignment

Page one: My Ideas about special education (45 points)

  • What is a disability?
  • How should a disability be handled in/by society?
  • How should students with disabilities be treated in schools, colleges, and the workplace?
  • What should the education of students with disabilities look like?
  • What ethical considerations must I face as a special educator?
  • Include a rationale for your ideas. This should be an honest description of your ideas at this moment in time.

 Page two: My Ideas about my role as an educator (45 points)

  • Who are the students I serve? Will I serve students with disabilities?
  • How can I meet the unique needs of students (and those with disabilities) within the context of my school and classroom?
  • What are some barriers to meeting these unique needs?
  • What is one goal for myself related to this course?

 Page three: Summary of activities and their effect on your philosophy (choose 2 of the following; observations should be at least 1 hour each) Note: these observations should not take place in a public school setting. Do not go through the GMU CEHD Field Experience Office to arrange your observation(s).  These need to be arranged in a community setting by you. Module 1 Philosophy Assignment 

 (50 points)

  • Observe relevant community settings
  • Shadow/interview an individual in a position of interest to you in a community setting (e.g., Interpreter, teacher, audiologist, counselor, physical therapist, etc.)
  • Interview a person with a disability
  • Interview a sibling of a person with a disability
  • Interview a parent of a person with a disability
  • Interview the entire family of an exceptional learner
  • Conduct an accessibility assessment
  • Attend a relevant information presentation

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APA style formatting (e.g., cover page, pagination, headings), grammar, and spelling (10 points)

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