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Student Profile - Claire Carter

Claire Carter

GSE programSecondary Special Educator
Undergraduate program: BA, Anthropology, Linfield College

Claire comes from a long line of educators. Special education interested her because she believes every child should learn and participate in their community. High expectations for not only students but also herself open up the possibility for learning and a better quality of life. Claire hopes to become a special educator abroad, helping students with special needs on an international scale, before returning to Oregon to continue her practice. 

Hear what Claire has to say after two terms in the program


Hear Claire prior to starting the program


1. Why did you choose the Special Education (SPED) program at Portland State University?

I choose PSU's Special Education program because it has a good reputation in Oregon and focuses on preparing teachers to practice full inclusion when they leave the program.

2. Why education? How did you know that you wanted to be an educator?

I've always loved teaching and I come from a family of educators. I decided on SPED because I believe every child can learn and participate in their community, but this doesn't always happen for children with disabilities when it should.

3. What have you learned about yourself since you started the Special Education (SPED) program at Portland State University?

I've learned that I'm so excited to start my career as a special educator!

4. Where do you see yourself in the next five to ten years? What are your personal and professional goals?

I hope to work abroad as a special education teacher for several years, and then come back to Oregon to continue my practice here.

5. What lessons have you learned within the program that have helped you outside school?

I've learned that high expectations of everyone are so important for learning and quality of life.