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Birth-5 Special Service Supervisor, Saginaw ISD
"The following list highlights my reasons for selecting Saginaw Valley State University (SVSU) for my undergraduate and graduate degrees:
The Early Childhood program at SVSU gave me extensive knowledge and training in developmentally appropriate practices and how to apply them in a variety of settings including home visiting, special education, and general education programs. Specifically, my time at SVSU gave me insight on the theory behind best practices so that I could evaluate trends in education, apply my background and knowledge, and assist in developing programs that allowed for students of varying backgrounds to be highly successful. In addition, the relationships that I built with faculty and staff at SVSU have provided me with mentorship and opportunities for growth throughout my career!
One of the key ways the Early Childhood Program prepared me for the real world of teaching was by providing an abundance of field work opportunities. In almost every class I took, I spent hours in local schools: observing and interacting with teachers and students in real classroom settings. It was in that time I spent teaching lessons and working with the students that I began to find confidence and to see myself as the teacher instead of just a college student.
James E. Tarr, Ph.D.
Colleen D'Arcy, Ph.D.
College of Education Dean's Office
Gilbertson Hall, North 275
University Center, MI 48710
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.