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Featuring Cassandra (Cisek) Doggrell '08

Cassandra Doggrell

Graduate School: Waynesburg University (M.Ed.); Duquesne University (MS)

Graduate Program: Master of Education in Special Education; Master of Science in Educational Administration and Supervision

Information on Cassandra's employment profile
Position: Elementary Autistic Support Teacher

School: Seneca Valley School District

Location: Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania

(Profiled: November 2011)


♦  What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?
How did you explore graduate schools?

♦  Do you have any tips related to the application process?


What influenced your decision to go to graduate school?

Gaining teaching experience in the field contributed to my decision to go to graduate school.  Throughout my teaching experience I determined what areas of the educational system I wanted to gain knowledge about and strengthen my understanding of.  My desire to serve all students, positively support students and families, and be a professional resource for colleagues influenced my decision to pursue my Master of Education in Special Education and my Master of Science in Administration in Supervision.   


How did you explore graduate school?

The three main sources of information I used to explore my graduate school options were visits to the schools/discussions with school staff, alumni perspectives, and information garnered from internet and print resources.  I considered the information gained from the three sources when making my graduate school selection.   


Do you have any tips related to the application process?

Listed below are tips that I would suggest to others considering or progressing through the application process.

♦  Prioritize what you want to gain from a program

♦  Obtain multiple sources of information about programs and schools

♦  Visit the school and classes

♦  Determine if any credits from undergraduate studies or additional graduate work will transfer to a program

♦  Consider positive and negative aspects of schools and programs

♦  Start exploring early and making connections with staff and alumni

♦  Be reflective of how you will use the information and degree in your occupational field

♦  Organize your process so you stay within timeframes and acquire all necessary requirements for application

♦  Maximize your opportunity for networking with school staff and alumni


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