I’m a single working mom who’s closer to 50 than I am to 40. I have five children: a 5th grader, an 8th grader, a 10th grader, and 2 in college. Many tell me I don’t look old enough to have kids that old and that I look good for having that many kids. To which I graciously say, “Thank you”.
About four years ago, I decided to go back to school and get my certification in special education. Since I was already licensed to teach music (all of it) and elementary (1st-6th), it was mostly a matter of taking classes and doing the requisite student teaching stint. It was an amazing choice, and I’m glad I made it. I love what I do, even though my middle school kids drive me crazy on occasion. I mean, come on…they’re middle school students. Enough said, right?
At that time, I knew about the Master’s program that Saint Mary’s University (MN) had, and I knew that my 10SPED coursework would apply to it as all my electives, but I decided that it wasn’t the time to start that. I did keep the thought in the back of my mind that should the time come in which I needed to start mounting up my 6 credits needed to renew my license, that this would be a good option. I mean, might as well make those credits count.
So here I am. I’ve got my textbooks (probably some of the least expensive college texts I’ve ever purchased). I’ve started my coursework (5 credits worth). I’m right in the middle of things. It’s a bit hectic what with teaching 10+ classes in an 8 period day (what’s prep time?), going to IEP meetings, writing IEP’s and BIP’s, and listening to kids read. Then there’s taking my own children to appointments, helping them do homework, homeschooling my 10th grader, and keeping them clean and fed. But, I’m going for it.
Because when you look at it from my violet vantage point, really, why not?