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Speech-Language Pathologist Passionate About Treating Kids with Brain Trauma [Alumni Case Study]

Family experiences sparked my interest in the field

After completing my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Alabama, I immediately enrolled in Georgia State’s CSD master’s degree program. My motivation to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist was fueled by an interest in special education. Some… more »

Multiple Field Experiences in Speech Pathology in Metro Atlanta Boosted Confidence [Alumni Case Study]

Academic adviser’s advice led to graduate program

Initially, I majored in psychology because I wanted a career in the helping professions. While I enjoyed the classes, I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in that field, so I spoke to my academic adviser and she suggested a degree in speech-language pathology could be a… more »

Teacher Preparation Program Prepared Special Education Teacher to Excel [Alumni Case Study]

Paraprofessional experience led to teaching

After graduating from college I worked as a counselor for one year at a nonprofit serving youth with emotional and behavioral problems. Although I enjoyed working with the children, the position wasn’t right for me, so I became a paraprofessional and taught high school students who where moderately and… more »

First-Generation College Graduate Finds Passion as Special Education Teacher [Alumni Case Study]

I wanted to become a nurse

Originally, I majored in nursing at a technical college, but after enrolling at Georgia State to complete my bachelor’s degree, none of my prerequisite courses were transferable. As I pondered what to do next, I became a substitute teacher and noticed several open positions for special education instructors. Over… more »

Special Education Teacher Wants to Research Students with Learning Disabilities and High IQ [Alumni Case Study]

Teaching special education sparked in childhood

From the time I was about seven years old, I wanted to be a special education teacher because I thought students with special needs were overlooked. By becoming a teacher, I believed I could help bring out their potential. During my senior year in high school, I participated… more »

Paraprofessional Discovers Calling as Special Education Teacher [Alumni Case Study]

What good is money if you’re not happy

During college I joined the Army and served six years as a personnel specialist. My main objective for going to college was to work in business, make money and travel. After graduating, I worked for a couple of corporate brands, but the idea of making lots… more »

Special Education Teacher Attracted to Urban Campus [Alumni Case Study]

Babysitting led to career in special education

When I was younger, I babysat a set of twins. One day, one of the toddlers started screaming and wouldn’t stop. That experience was when I realized I wanted to work with children with emotional issues. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I volunteered at a school counselor’s… more »

From Lawyer to Special Education Teacher [Alumni Case Study]

Didn’t feel like I was making a difference

I moved to Atlanta two years before the Olympics were held in the city to attend Emory University. After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I continued at Emory’s law school. I wasn’t sure law was the right field for me, but after earning my J.D., I had… more »