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Sean Pierce '13“Arcadia’s program focuses a great deal on what’s new in education.”
— Sean Pierce ’13, B.A. Special Education and Five-Year M.Ed., Special Education with Secondary Transition Certificate

I transferred to Arcadia from another major university in the Philadelphia region because I felt lost on such a big campus. Arcadia offered me a generous scholarship and close proximity to Philadelphia. That fit with my interest in doing fieldwork in urban settings.

Arcadia’s program focuses a great deal on what’s new in education. The faculty keep up on what’s current in the field. In addition, the amount of fieldwork really helped me improve my teaching style. Those real-life teaching experiences helped me discover which settings worked the best for me, and helped build my résumé.

My student teaching placement was by far the most meaningful experience of my college career. I student taught at Myers Elementary with two incredible cooperating mentors—a first-grade teacher and a learning support teacher. From September to May, I grew close with a small group of students who received support for specific learning disabilities. I taught them in both inclusive and resource room settings, and it was fascinating to see these students through so many different contexts.

Arcadia’s School of Education is a tightly-knit community; everyone knows each other. I’ve had multiple classes with the same professors, one of whom advised my independent study to create a sexual education curriculum for students with Autism. The instructors and staff are very accessible and generous with their time and effort to help students—that makes a huge difference in a student’s experience.

The five-year master’s program allowed me to take graduate credits during my last two years as an undergrad student. This means it’s going to take less time for me to complete my master’s after graduation, saving time and money, and I got to take undergraduate and graduate credits at the same time. I’ll soon begin teaching an 11th-grade class of students with multiple severe and profound disabilities. My M.Ed. will allow me to focus my efforts on creating effective transition plans for my students. In the future, I would like to play a large role in how schools and communities work together to meet the needs of individuals with low-incidence disabilities. 

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