A Student's Perspective on Accelerated Admissions

Hello everyone! My name is Jessica Rocklein and I am currently enrolled in the Master’s Program for Special Education. I am concentrating in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities and I am pursuing the Autism Spectrum Disorder Certificate as well!

Jessica Rocklein sitting in the mountains

I first heard of the accelerated admissions program during my sophomore year of college. It seemed super far away so I honestly didn’t think much about it. However, as time went on, and I kept hearing more about it, I realized what a phenomenal opportunity it is! Through the accelerated admissions program you are able to receive your Master’s degree in one year, instead of the typical two. You also do not have to take the GRE, which you need in order to get into other Master’s programs. I applied to the accelerated admissions program during the fall of my junior year and began graduate level classes that spring. One of the many benefits of the accelerated admissions program is that you are able to take four graduate level classes during your undergraduate coursework that can count as both undergraduate and graduate credits.

The accelerated admissions program for special education also gives you the opportunity to concentrate in many different areas. Right now these areas are: Emotional/Behavioral Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Intellectual Disabilities. Having these concentrations allow you to dive deeper into the diagnoses and determine ways to help students who have these disabilities. I chose to concentrate in Emotional/Behavioral Disorders and Learning Disabilities because I am incredibly interested in learning more about these disabilities and because, in my opinion, I believe they are being diagnosed more as time goes on.

Now, I am in graduate school full time and I am also one of the graduate assistants for the Department of Reading Education and Special Education located on the third floor of the Reich College of Education. If you are pursing a graduate degree of any kind, I highly recommend trying to find a graduate assistantship! Being a graduate assistant allows you to be more immersed in your degree and with the professors in your program! 

You can contact me at rockleinjl@appstate.edu if you have any questions. 

Jessica Rocklein sitting in the mountains
Published: Sep 6, 2018 9:06am