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  1. Hi! I applied to the MED in high incidence special education at Vanderbilt and am waiting to hear back.. has anyone heard anything? i have heard the decisions typically go out at the end of January, but I have not heard anything yet. I also did not have an interview. Did anyone get contacted for an interview?
  2. Hey! For the Severe Disabilities track, has everyone who applied gotten an interview? Heard anything else?
  3. Anyone else applying for a PhD in Special Education for Fall 2019? I've submitted 4 applications (Vanderbilt, Harvard, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Minnesota) and might do one more (George Mason) as that app isn't due until Jan 15th. I just heard back from the University of Minnesota, but am still waiting on any sign from the other institutions. Anyone else in the same boat?
  4. Hi everyone! So, I'm aiming to apply for grad school this fall in hopes of starting a master's program in Fall 2019. I want to begin brainstorming ideas for my letter of intent/statement of purpose. I currently work as an instructional aide in a day class at a school. The students I work with have emotional/behavioral disturbances (EBD). I know at least one student in my class has speech every week. I've also worked with students with Autism at a high school on occasion. Here is my question: Will I be able to connect my experiences as an aide to EBD students with speech-language pathology? Is my experience as an aide relevant to the field? I'm beginning to look for articles from ASHA that discuss communicative disorders in children and teenagers with EBD. I hope that doing research will help me connect my current work experience with speech. I want to show an admissions committee that I can relate my work/job duties as an aide to speech. I would love some advice/wisdom/thoughts; all of that good stuff! Thank you
  5. Hey all. I need some help deciding. I've been admitted into UC Berkeley and SFSU's Joint PhD program in Special Education as well as the Harvard Graduate School of Education for an Ed.M in Specialized Studies. Both are amazing programs but two very different commitments. I believe my end goal is a Ph.D., and the Berkeley/SFSU program is a wonderful one for my research interests and needs. However, I wasn't eligible to many PhD programs this time around since I didn't have a masters, and am wondering if it's worth taking a year to do the Harvard program so that I would be eligible for more PhDs next time around... what do you think? A bird in the hand? My research interests are really specific and UCB/SFSU is really open and supportive to what I want to do... it seems like the right decision, but I'm having trouble imagining turning down a masters from Harvard and imagining all of the "what if" scenarios that could happen if I go that route... Help? Thank you!!
  6. Hello everyone, First time poster. I've recently earned my BS in Psych and was pretty sure on my path after this milestone, but things aren't quite as clear as they were while I was still in school. I want to work in a field where I am most needed, not in terms of position openings but service to the population. I love working with children and my feeling is that I can do the most good within a school, and in all honesty that's where I'd like to work. Teaching isn't quite for me so I've narrowed down my options to a school psychologist, counselor, or social worker. What would be most helpful would be to hear a little from anyone working in any of the fields I mentioned or in a similar one. What does a typical day look like for you? How long have you held the position? Future plans? What are some positives and negatives of the job? What surprised you after working a few months? Paper work is an unavoidable responsibility with any of these occupations, but what I'm looking for is the job that requires me to interact with and help individuals/groups more than anything else.
  7. I graduated with my undergrad in Speech & Hearing Science from University at Buffalo last Fall (a semester early). I applied to schools last Spring & didn't get in to any (only applied to NY schools in the Long Island/NYC area). I know that I should broaden my horizon, especially since I have lower stats (GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.1 GRE: VR-148, QR- 146, Writing- 3.5), but I don't really know what my next step should be other than to obviously retake my GRE. I retook a Acoustics course online with Utah State this fall because I got a C+ (my lowest grade in my major during undergrad) so I thought that would show effort, but what else is there to do? I have been considering to going into Special Education, specifically because I have worked as a Head Start teacher and a teaching assistant in an elementary school within the past year, if speech doesn't work out. However I don't even know where to begin with finding schools for me or receiving LORs so late in the application season. If anyone has any suggestions or been through this situation please help me out.
  8. I graduated with my undergrad in Speech & Hearing Science from University at Buffalo last Fall (a semester early). I applied to schools last Spring & didn't get in to any (only applied to NY schools in the Long Island/NYC area). I know that I should broaden my horizon, especially since I have lower stats (GPA: 3.3 Major GPA: 3.1 GRE: VR-148, QR- 146, Writing- 3.5), but I don't really know what my next step should be other than to obviously retake my GRE. I retook a Acoustics course online with Utah State this fall because I got a C+ (my lowest grade in my major during undergrad) so I thought that would show effort, but what else is there to do? I have been considering to going into Special Education, specifically because I have worked as a Head Start teacher and a teaching assistant in an elementary school within the past year, if speech doesn't work out. However I don't even know where to begin with finding schools for me or receiving LORs so late in the application season. If anyone has any suggestions or been through this situation please help me out.
  9. Hi everyone! I'm new to this forum, so I apologize if I should have posted elsewhere. So my story is I have pursued speech language pathology the past four years, with a minor in special education, and have loved it. I had a job working as a behavioral therapist for a child with autism, and absolutely loved it. I also have experience working with clients with Down syndrome. Before senior year, I had kind of thought in the back of my mind how it would be amazing to work with the autism population by being somebody like an autism specialist or an ABA clinical specialist (board certified behavior analyst). However, the benefits of speech pathology and being exposed to more diversity in disabilities and age ranges trumped those thoughts and I applied to graduate programs for SLP. Now I got accepted into one SLP program, but it was a program that is out of state for me. A lot has happened in the past year with me that weren't factors when I was going into application season, so every school I chose was one I could see myself going to. I have never felt hesitation towards SLP that has been this bad until that's week or so, now that my grad program is getting very close. I have generalized anxiety, so I get anxiety attacks and all that fun stuff over very general things. I don't know if it is my anxiety kicking in, or if I am having second thoughts. I'm supposed to leave in two ish weeks, but I haven't had a day in a while where I'm super excited to start this new journey. A lot of my emotions are negative and I can't help but second guess myself. I thought at this point I would be so excited for school and becoming an SLP, but my nerves are at an all time high. I may be just nervous as it is a big change, but some days my heart tells me to get back into the ABA field. I'm also going to have to do distance with my boyfriend which will be hard, but that factor is not the entirety of me feeling the way I do. i guess what I'm asking is, does anybody have experience as a clinical specialist (BCBA) or with special education and focusing on autism? I've found some information on a potential school for me, and I've been exposed to the field a little bit with my minor and some work experiences. I have a pretty solid SPED minor GPA (3.95) so I'm not as worried about getting accepted into a program than I was about SLP. Or does anybody have a similar experience due to a big change? I'm just really torn right now. My plan is to try out my grad school program to make myself go out and actually be in the situation, and if it is not what I think it is, I want to pursue ABA because I KNOW it would be a great job for me. In SLP I would want to specialize in autism. Sorry for the long post but it's nice to read about people who have experience in the field and with decisions like this.
  10. Hey guys I need some advice. I have taken the GRE 3 times. Twice during college for the masters portion of my program in 2011 (combined program they just needed a really basic score) and once a couple of months ago. My verbal scores went from being in the 50% to being in the 80% (non native english speaker so for me that greeaat!) but unfortunately my math scores only improved by 2 points. I am really bad at standardization testing math and ended up being on 25%. That being said my overall score is over 300, I got a 4.5 in the writing section. I am interested in special education and communication disorders Phd programs. I was already rejected from the one school I applied to for this fall, so I'm kinda worried. Do you suggest I take the GRE again before I apply to other school or is it a waste of time since I have taken it 3 times? Should I focus on making other parts of my application look better? Any help is appreciated! Thanks!
  11. Hey All- Does anyone have good links to blogs about the M.Ed student experience leading to licensure? My googling skills have left me empty handed. I'm interested in reading stories about what it is like to be a M.Ed student. My undergrad was not education related, so I have no idea what to expect. In particular, I am interested in knowing about the day to day life of masters students, what the workload is like, and what graduates would recommend to up and coming students to make the most out of their time in graduate school. I'm seeking licensure in severe/comprehensive special education, but would appreciate blogs/resources from any PreK-12 discipline. Any links/feedback would be greatly appreciated! -J
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