“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” These brilliant words are credited to Malcolm X but they deeply echo my own feelings. In our contemporary world, the intelligence and wealth of an individual are judged and influenced more by education than by any other factor. I grew up as a normal child and participated in regular activities with other children. I sympathized with children who lived with disabilities. Unfortunately, after my girlfriend and I married, we had two children who were born with learning disabilities. If not for special education, their chances of a decent education and a bright future would have been hampered. The experience of parenting children with special learning needs has motivated me to take an active role in ensuring that Malcolm X’s tenets are made available to all children with learning disabilities and not just my own.
I had already attained my bachelor’s degree in special education from King Fahad University. However, my resolve made me enroll into a Masters degree program at Ohio University. Both courses instilled in me the strong sense of discipline and humility that I saw manifested in my children’s teachers. I learnt different creative ways of teaching children with learning disabilities. Upon completing my degree, I was offered the opportunity to work at King Fahad University as I proceeded with my Master’s program. I applied the knowledge I had gained during my studies as I helped associates and professors in the Special Needs department. I found my duties very impactful and vital. It was at this point that I realized instead of being a teacher and affecting just a handful of students, I could be a lecturer and thus could widen my scope of influence by teaching other special education teachers.
My Master’s program came in handy more as a practical tool than as an academic endeavor. My research topic of choice was “In what manner can dyslexic and moderate Learners be improved?” The study specialized in children who had difficulties in reading. The research results showed that good teaching played a primary role that was superseded only by medical therapy and specialized parenting. My outstanding performance compelled the University of Doha to grant me the opportunity to work as a lecturer. I made a smooth transition from a student to a lecturer and was accorded the first-hand opportunity to interact with and relate to Ph.D. students. I learned of their purported struggles and pitfalls and even asked them for suggestions on how to avoid them. Working as a lecturer also afforded me a chance to associate with fellow Ph.D. lecturers and to know what they expected from students in both thesis writing and theory work. These factors gave me confidence in my abilities to manage and finish graduate school successfully.
The primary reason for applying to this institution for my Ph.D. is the qualified teaching staff and the emphasis on thesis projects that ensure that only competent students make their way through the course. The positive effect of this practical methodology is that society obtains a knowledgeable professional and not a half-baked graduate. My research into institutions offering special education PhDs also yielded results that strongly advocate this institution as a reputable establishment of higher learning. The long-term advantage of my Ph.D. program is to relocate back to my country and use the knowledge and skills gained here to better the local community. Currently, there is a pressing insufficiency of qualified lecturers at King Fahad University. I plan to reduce this deficit by becoming a full-time lecturer.