M.A., Special Education, Early Childhood, 2006
* Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Special Education, Vanderbilt University
* Specializing in Early Childhood
Cal State L.A. experience:
* "The Charter School of Education at Cal State L.A. had the perfect program to meet my needs as a master's student and as a working professional. I found that classes were designed to be directly applicable to educational practitioners while establishing a strong theoretical foundation."
* "My professors were not only knowledgeable about the subjects they taught, but they also exuded a deep passion and drive for student learning. This CSULA experience was an inspiration to my eventual path to a doctorate program."
* "I was astonished at the plethora of opportunities at CSULA - I completed two certificate programs in addition to my master's degree and was able to secure over $40,000 in grants, scholarships, and awards."
* "During my last year at CSULA, I had the amazing opportunity to co-author a book chapter on Mental Retardation with Dean Mary Falvey." (currently in press)
Why Cal State L.A.?
* "You will open a window to an intelligent forum of students and professors from diverse cultural, socio-economic, and racial backgrounds."
* "The Charter College of Education will, without a doubt, fully prepare you to enter the teaching profession."
* "CSULA is a place of opportunities on a silver platter. If you want it, go get it. It's here waiting for you."
On Earning a Master's Degree:
* "It gave me more confidence and better skills as a teacher in implementing research-based strategies and designing curriculum for my preschoolers with autism."
* "This paved the way to earning the Sally Casanova Pre-Doctoral Scholarship and gaining acceptance into the #1 ranked Special Education graduate program in the nation, Vanderbilt University."
* "To make contributions to the world of autism as a researcher and professor in the field of Special Education, Early Childhood."