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Education resource specialist: How I got my job and where I'm  going

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my path I completed four years of a bachelor's degree and then two years of graduate school so collectively at six years of schooling to go the special education route you don't necessarily have to go to graduate school but that's just something that was a goal that I wanted to obtain and you can be a special education teacher with a bachelor's degree in four years of schooling was a combination of student teaching as well the requirements for teacher certification are different in each state so California has their own requirements and various states across their country have their own requirements as well oh my mom is an educator so I've always seen her teaching and I always loved what she was doing and I knew I wanted to be a teacher but I didn't know in what capacity I went to college and receive my bachelor's degree from UNLV and while I was in college I was working as an instructional assistant within a school setting and I knew then that I wanted to work in special education because the classroom that I was working in was a special education classroom and I didn't know exactly if I wanted to go into that career until I started to research what were the high-need areas in education and science math and special education are those high-need areas across the country so I knew I would always have a job and I would be working with children and I loved working with children my bachelor's degree is in psychology and typically psychology majors go on to graduate school so I knew going into graduate school that I would have to pursue a teaching credential and so that brought me to the Loyola Marymount University which has a combined teaching credential and master's program in special education so within two years I was able to receive my teaching certification in special education and my master's degree and during my master's program I worked as an instructional assistant under a resource specialist and I also took some time within the master's program to do student teaching and I was able to gain a lot more experience as to how to be an effective resource specialist when I was in my master's program I had student teaching so that kind of gave me an opportunity to see what the day-to-day of teaching and working as an education resource specialist was like obviously when you get on the job and you're working in your own classroom with your own students things are going to be drastically different but I think going to grad school gave me a lot of experience and knowledge to feel prepared when I go into that classroom day one I remember graduating with my masters degree and feeling so unprepared for going out and interviewing and I remember creating portfolios of like my curriculum vitae which is lesson plans and just my experience in a portfolio with my resume and a business card for each of my interviews and I actually interviewed ten times and I got 10 top 10 job offers so by the fall after I graduated in May I had a position immediately following graduate school so I think going to graduate school and being a teacher is definitely going to put you ahead of teachers who just have a bachelor's degree when I was applying I knew where to apply for positions from a helpful website called adjoint work and adjoint org has all of the educational positions available throughout the state of California in special education I think there's always room for growth you can work with students with varying disabilities learning disabilities students who have autism spectrum which is on the rise and as a high need area within special education and students with mild to moderate learning disabilities or moderate to severe learning disabilities so there's varying different ways that you can work with students in the special education space right now I'm in my sixth year of teaching I think maybe in the next two to three years I would like to pursue another master's degree and possibly work in the speech pathology space as a speech pathologist still warrant being in special education and working with students with disabilities but with speech disabilities if someone wants to pursue a career in special education I would suggest them going in becoming a teaching assistant within a special education classroom so that they can kind of gain access and learn firsthand what the day-to-day of a special education teacher does mentoring is very important on tutoring is also another space that you can pursue as well to see if you really love working with children with students and within the education space overall when you're a teacher you're working with students and you're working with children and they're our future and it's so important that you love what you're doing and you come in with a positive attitude every day and special education and working in education is the most amazing and fulfilling job there is
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