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.
Occupation: K-8 Coordinator and Spanish Teacher
Project: Dental Health and Latino Elementary Students in California and Latin America: A Curriculum
Undergraduate Institution: University of California, San Barbara. BA: Global Studies (Latin America), Spanish
Why did you enroll in the Multicultural Education MA 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 socio-economic statuses and backgrounds (cultural, linguistic, etc.), the MA program continued to emphasize these important areas as well as expand my knowledge.
How has the MA in Multicultural Education impacted and/or shaped your professional/personal goals?
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.