Lauren Clarke is a member of Marist's M.A. in Educational Psychology Class of 2014. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Special Education from Marist. She has worked as a substitute teacher in the Hyde Park Central School District and Poughkeepsie City School District and is also employed as a mathematics tutor through the Marist College Academic Learning Center.
Why did you choose Marist to further your education?
I chose to continue my education at Marist in order to have the opportunity to continue to learn from the resourceful professors at Marist and receive a quality education. I knew the Marist College Graduate Education program would fine tune my already developed teaching skills from my undergraduate experience, while also introducing me to new teaching strategies.
Tell us about a project or course that was particularly meaningful to your professional development.
The Educational Assessment and Evaluation course improved my knowledge of and ability to create various assessments. Assessment is an essential component of teaching for all grades, subjects, and types of students, and therefore I find this course especially valuable. This course has better prepared me to devise and implement formative and summative assessments and reflect on the value of different types of assessments.
How has a degree from Marist and your course work enhanced your career?
The coursework at Marist College has placed a focus on the Common Core State Standards and collaboration. Each course has helped me gain a better understanding of the Common Core State Standards and how to approach them in my teaching. Through my coursework I have also constantly collaborated with my peers in discussions and when completing assignments. Since knowledge of these standards and collaboration are two essential aspects of teaching today, the inclusion of these aspects in my coursework has enhanced my career.
What advice would you give to a student considering pursuing their master’s degree at Marist?
I recommend becoming employed in the teaching field, even if it is just part-time while completing your coursework. Being in a classroom allows you to directly apply what you are learning in your coursework to the field. I also recommend carefully considering the different Graduate Education programs Marist offers based on your schedule and location. It is important to know that summer courses and online courses exist, and to meet with you advisor to plan a schedule most suitable for you!
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Major: Educational Psychology
Academic School: Social and Behavioral Sciences
Campus: New York