Undergraduate students interested in becoming teachers got a glimpse into what a career education is all about during Whittier’s Education Week.
Hosted by the Department of Education and Child Development, Education Week showcased the department’s offerings including a Master of Art in Education, credential programs, and the PICES program—a pathway for undergraduate students to obtain a teaching credential while earning their bachelor’s degree in child development.
An alumni panel of educators and administrators shared stories about their profession and career path. Alumni speakers included: William Bissic MA'16, 12th grade business entrepreneurship teacher and internship coordinator at The School of Arts and Enterprise; Tim Kung '15, fifth grade teacher at Mill School & Technology Academy; Laurie Peel '84, speech pathologist for the East Whittier City School District; and Kathy Villalon '06 MA '10, who is currently pursuing a Ph.D. and has taught at the college level. The panel also included Lucas Holbert ’21, who is currently completing his third year of the PICES program.
“We hope participants are able to see the many career paths available to those interested in a career in education, and for students to know that there are dedicated Whittier faculty and staff ready to support their involvement in this field,” said Eunice Gonzalez, assistant director of graduate/PICES admission.
In addition to hearing from the panelists, attendees had the opportunity to ask questions about the available credential and graduate programs and learn about the various education-focused clubs on campus.
More information on Whittier’s programs can be found online or by visiting the Office of Admission on campus. The Department of Education and Child Development also hosts monthly graduate information sessions. Attendees will receive a $60 application fee waiver.