How do I write a good answer to a question on an application asking me what my career goals are as a special ed teacher?
The question is meant to give several pieces of information about you. First, it gives a sense of your ability to write and think coherently and to organize information well, although admissions staff are very aware that with students often getting outside help rather than writing the essays completely on their own, the essay has become less useful as an evaluation tool. Next, your essay should show some knowledge of the actual range of careers in special education. That means that you should do some web research to investigate career paths, then look through the website of the program to which you are applying, and discuss in detail how the course offerings of the program will prepare your for a specific career path. Discuss where you hope to be immediately after graduation, then five, and ten years later, and perhaps what you wish to achieve by retirement. Don't try to be cute and catchy; instead, be articulate and well-informed.
Today, my career goals are more specific than ever before. First and foremost, I want to be the best mentor, confidant, and educator possible to ALL students of this generation and the generations to follow. To accomplish this, I have set three primary goals for myself. I desire a position that challenges me; one where I can continue to grow and develop as a teacher for special needs. Second, I will striveto be a positive influence in the lives of children, at both the cognitive and affective level. Third,I plan to include the community in the total education of children. Based on my personal knowledge and lifelong commitment to Meade County, I believe its’ school system offers me the best opportunity to accomplish these goals. My long term goal is to be employed here for many years---growing, learning, and contributing to the success and productivity of many young children and young adults.