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Graduates of the ECSE program have gone on to be preschool teachers, Family Resource Coordinators, administrators, faculty, researchers, birth to three providers, home visitors, BCBA consultants, and elementary special education teachers.  

Quotes from our Graduates 

“I learned how to be flexible and respectful of different family structures, abilities, and cultures.”

“I wanted to get experience working in a low income school…I was paired with a great cooperating teacher that provided me with a strong model of how to work with diverse families and para educators.”

“I definitely appreciate how much our program focuses on family collaboration”

“The Family Mentor Project was one of the most valuable experiences for me as well.  I am so glad that this is included as a component of our program.  It was immeasurably meaningful for me to spend time with the family I was matched with, and better understand some of the day to day experiences.”

“My practicum experiences and coursework in many of the required classes gave me a lot of insight on how to collaborate with families, and I really appreciated some of the case studies and conversations I had with colleagues and professors about their experiences.  Every family is unique and has their own interaction style, and it is important to be aware of the cultural differences, life events and stressors that impact a family’s dynamic, as all of these things will affect the communication and collaboration that I have with them. I love how this program stressed the fact the families are the expert on their children and emphasized family involvement and decision-making because in order to collaborate with parents and caregivers, this kind of understanding is essential.”

 

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