Master's: Multicultural Education, Spring 2013
Ashlee completed a Master's Degree in the College's Multicultural Education program. The Multicultural Education graduate program explores theoretical and pedagogical issues of bilingualism, multiculturalism, educational equity, and social justice, offering courses and experiences to assist educators to work successfully in classrooms, schools, and educational agencies within our diverse State.
Project: Dental Health and Latino Elementary Students in California and Latin America: A Curriculum
Undergraduate Institution: B.A: Global Studies (Latin America), Spanish. University of California, San Barbara.
Why did you choose the College of Education for your degree/credential program?
Having completed my Multiple Subject and Single Subject (Spanish) credentials through the BMED program, I knew that returning to pursue my MA through the same department would be an excellent fit in terms of my personal beliefs as well as my career goals. Considering the emphasis on social justice in education and working particularly with groups of varying social -economic statuses and backgrounds (cultural, linguistic, etc.), the MA program continued to emphasize these important areas as well as expand my knowledge.
How has your degree/credential impacted your professional and personal life?
The program has allowed me to continue to successfully focus my efforts on working with student populations that are typically underrepresented. It has also allowed me to take a step beyond a certificated teaching position, to that of a coordinator as well. My current position allows for me to work with both students that are learning English, most of which have either come from or have parents that have come from countries outside the U.S., as well as introduce the language and culture of these families to students who do not share their background.
Current Professional Position
Position: Coordinator and Spanish Teacher
Describe your current position: After teaching elementary students for several years immediately following the credential program, I am now working as a K-8 ELD Coordinator and Spanish teacher. This includes classifying, testing and teaching second language learners, and teaching a Spanish as a foreign language program. Additionally, a significant (and welcome) amount of parent/community outreach comes with the task of working with EL students in terms of involving families with the school and their child's education. The MA in multicultural education has prepared me for many of the aspects of taking on these tasks.