ATHS Information Session

ATHS Information Session


Hello everybody thank you so much for
joining us I hope you can hear me fine my name is Yvonne Carrillo I am the program manage for the Master of Science in Assistive Technology and Human Services. Hi, I’m
Vicky Jacques and I am the academic lead for the program and this is Helga,
she’s hiding. Hi, program coordinator for the program to help you with any
questions as long as it’s not academic questions. (Vicky Jaque) I get an academic questions. Yes, we will refer you to Vicki. We have an agenda set for tonight first
we’ve kind of introduced our CSUN team but I’m going to put a slide up with
information about them then I’m going to give you a little bit of information
about California State University at Northridge which is the university that
supports the Master of Science in Assistive Technology and Human Services
I’m going to give you some program highlights and a little overview of our
curriculum and I have four of our faculty who are in the same session with
you who are able to answer any questions you might have
we’ll talk a little bit about career opportunities and then we’ll move into
admissions requirements we will talk a little bit about the tuition and how
that might be funded and then we also have some FAQ’s and what your next
step would be so that’s how we’re going to run things tonight all right so
you’ve already met Yvonne and Helga they’re amazing and they’re the ones who
deal with your day to day interactions with our program both with the
admissions process and once you’re a student as the academic lead I oversee
what is taught in the classes and I also help you with academic problems so we
have a nice team that you can reach out to should you be in the application
process or be in the program so this gives me a little information about me I
do in the program since it was just a thought in our former Dean’s mind in the
end the current Dean in the same College as mine and we put it together with
experts in the field we did surveys and whatnot to see what would be really important to prepare higher-level assistive technology professionals so
that’s what went into that so we’re at CSUN California State University
Northridge and we are geographically located in the San Fernando Valley
section of Los Angeles our university has over forty thousand students
undergraduate and graduate students as well as online and face-to-face students
we’ve been found to be a leader in diversity we’re a top 25 institution
we’ve also been named one of the best colleges for your money and last year we
were named within the top ten of Human Services master’s degrees delivered
online and we were the only assistive technology degree listed in that survey
we also have over three hundred and fifty thousand alumni at the University
here so it tells you where brick-and-mortar University and we’re
very reputable and we’re part of the California State University system which
includes 23 campuses here in California so when we put this program together we
were thinking about what can we do to better serve our clients who might need
assistive technology so within this program you’re going to be exposed to
service delivery system assessment procedures our AT tools and
instruments and more and our goal is to allow you to have that kind of knowledge
base that you can provide the best services to your clients and let them
fully benefit from those cutting-edge technologies that are out in the field
so within the program you’re going to learn about disability culture history
law advocacy movements you’re also going to learn about common etiology and
pathologies that underlie those physical communication and cognitive disabilities
the individuals you will be providing services to actually have out you’re
also going to learn a little bit about ethical and legal standards of practice
and how to apply them and then one of the other segments she’ll be dealing
with are principles of design and product development and we then I’ll be
talking about things like universal design and concepts we talked about
accessibility environmental considerations and
those things are going to contribute to that cost usability and perhaps
sometimes in some cases some people losing or stopping using the AT devices
so we’re going to talk about all those factors and try to give you the
information that you need to practice the most fully. Our program is very cool
it’s a cohort based learning environment which means that everyone comes in
together and they take all the same classes together so you’ll be with the
same group of students for two years solid the faculty have all been with the
program for at least two cohort most of them have been with us since probably
our second or third cohort their exceptional their exceptional online
teachers because this is an online program but they’re also leaders in the
field of assistive technology so they’re going to be teaching you and and they
truly do an excellent job I’m very pleased by what they do and you’ll get a
great educational experience we have an online delivery system absolutely can
reach people all over the country and we’ve had people also from different
forms of the world it’s pretty convenient there’s usually one night a
week where you’re expected to be in your virtual or online class and then other
than that you’re going to be working independently we do offer student
support services I introduce you to Yvonne will she introduce yourself and
Helga, those two are your student support people here in the same College
and I call this college that operates our master’s degree the Nordstrom of
CSUN so it’s our specialized side where you actually get the help that you
always wanted during your undergraduate career
yeah they’re amazing over here and what needs they can’t meet I will meet for
you so we’re pretty fast getting back to students and our goal is to have the
best experience possible for the students in the program. Yes, we typically
say especially for our online community we want to make sure that we cover everything for you internally that way you can really focus on your studies so
you shouldn’t be making line or calling, not spending an hour calling financial aid or anything, right, we will handle those issues for you so that you can
really have a learning experience. exactly you don’t
have to fight for classes with this program because we automatically enroll
everyone than the cohort for classes so it’s really it’s really a nice experience and
again it’s those things you wish you might have found as an undergraduate
that you didn’t fight yet somewhere else for the most part. So, this is a glimpse
of the curriculum and in is actually presented in chronological order now
we’re going to upload this recording and also caption it so that anyone who wants
to see it afterwards can find it on our website but the first toss of the offer
is if the human factors classes taught by Suzanne David and she’s also
listening in right now it’s human characteristics in relation
to usability of AT but she’s going to get you going in the degree program and
she just going to get you up to speed on how to use our online delivery service
and also teach about AP style so she’s got a very important role in this
program the next course that’s offered is 694 which is offered three times
during the program the first time I saw it it’s taught it’s a current in
emerging topics and assistive technology it’s taught by two different people so Mike
Williamson and teaches it the first time it’s Sarah Mak teaches it the second
time which will be in your second spring and in your final term Mike Williamson
teaches it again so this is really a great class that helps you remain
up-to-date on those emergent it emerging topics or important new topics and
assistive technology after that you get Erica Higginbotham who’s going to teach
about history law policy and assistive technology it’s a really great class and
it’s going to teach about funding sources as well as the disabilities
movement it’s truly an excellent course the next person we offer is how I
Rochelle Mojica and its assistive technology across the lifespan following
that we go a little into the biology and medical condition world so Dorsa is
going to teach you functional biology and design innovation well Rochelle
comes back and teaches you medical conditions affecting quality of life
subsequent to that the following spring you’re going to be taking research
methods and design and assistive technology
taught by Dr. Jennifer Kalfsbeek-Goetz and she does an amazing job and uses that
force to prepare you for your directed comprehensive studies in the summer
you’re going to be taking assistive technologies that’s been an outcome
measures and that ones taught by Rebecca Cagle who’s listening in on this session
right now and then 6:22 counseling assistive technologies and service
delivery is how I Rochelle Mojica and then our last class is going to be
directed comprehensive studies with dr. prospect gets Michael Williamson and
Sarah Mack so it’s team taught and that’s where you’re going to work on the
written project for your comprehensive exam that’s the curriculum for the
program yeah they’re number career opportunities
in the field and and I know that many of you are in the field already so you
you’re comfortable with the opportunities but we have a lot of
students who end up either working as contractors providing assistive
technology or in human resources we have others who work at for the government
either state or federal government we have other people who work in school
districts and then some who work in college settings so as you can see there
are a variety of different fields you can work in when you get your master’s all right we have a number of alumni who
do variety of different things so this will highlight some of the places they
work we have some who work in universities we have one who works in HR
for State Farm and on deals with assistive technology there we have some
who work in school districts who have something to work in hospital districts
as well and some of their own companies we have a number who work for junior
blind and we do have some people who work for the Washington State Department
of services for the blind and then we have people who have their own
businesses like Bob Sweetman was in the first cohort of the program and Trudy
and Callahan is someone else from the first cohort of the program so we have a
lot of people who are working in a variety of different areas which provide
you with a really great network of alumni to get to know
okay now the admissions requirements we require a bachelor’s degree from a
regionally accredited institution with the minimum 2.5 GPA although we do
prefer a 3.0 GPA there are English proficiency requirements for our
international applicants and if your language of instruction for your
bachelor’s degree was not English you have to either take a TOEFL IELTS or PTE academic test our paper-based TOEFL minimum score us by 50 computer raises
to 13 internet basis 79 for the IELTS the minimum score is six point five or
higher and for the PT II the Pearson’s Test of English the minimum score is 58
I’m gonna have one more comment here you’re not required to take the GRE when
you apply to this program however I will request it if you’ve already taken the
GRE that you please send us your GRE scores because if you’re not a CSU
native student meaning your undergraduate degree was not from a CSU
you’ll be required to take an effort efficient writing and glamis part of the
classification process here but if you’ve taken the GRE and your score in
analytical writing was it a very it was a specific level which is a three then
you are exempted from this writing them so it helps me to know when you apply if
you’ve already taken the GRE if you meet those criteria for classification
so I we don’t have to waste your time or my time putting you in as a
conditionally classified student we’ve already taken a GRE does that help
Yvonne yes absolutely excellent at Tuition and fees it is eight hundred and
forty seven dollars per unit which equates to 25 hundred and forty-one
dollars per three unit assets our classes are three units or we do have
some one unit passes as well total tuition costs for the degree is
twenty-five thousand four hundred and ten dollars and it will not go up once
you start your up this set rate I want to also tell you something about how the
costs are offered we talked about curriculum I read through the classes we
usually offer either four or six per units per term okay and there’s a reason
for that you pay your tuition term tutor but also four units is the minimum
requirement to hit for part time for financial aid that’s correct so we will have some four
unit semesters and some six units semesters just to give you a heads up and
you can also find a sample of this schedule on our website and when we do
send out this copy of this presentation will be happy to include that link as
well, absolutely, so student funding how do you pay to come here
well there’s federal financial aid government or private loan usually it as a
graduate student is financial aid in the loan variety there are some scholarships
here at CSUN and some students get employer tuition reimbursement some
students have also been funded through the Department of Rehabilitation exactly
our school code is zero zero one one five three or and again you don’t have
to write this down we will go ahead and show we’re going to post it and it’ll be
fully accessible these are our financial aid gurus here at the Tseng college and
what’s really interesting and is it for Jorge and how so I say it, Sugeir- the two of them actually work just for the Tseng
College which is one college within and I think seven colleges here at CSUN
so they work specifically for our programs here which means that it makes
life a little bit easier when you’re dealing with financial aid don’t you
think absolutely yes always. Smaller student pool dealing with the same two people. You wouldn’t wouldn’t have
to spend an hour waiting for them to answer your your
phone call they are specifically only helping our Tseng college students so
think Nordstrom if you dealt with financial aid is an undergraduate I know it was always problematic this is more like your Nordstrom
approach to financial aid okay, FAQ’s a lot of people ask me these
questions first of all is it an accredited program will we’re credit
through the Western Association of schools and colleges we’re at a
university that is as accredited by the WASC
so yes we are an accredited program how do we have career placement assistance
we don’t have a formal career placement assistance program however our alumni
network and our last 694 class help you with
this career placement and thoughts of where you want to go for your career and
I have yet to hear from someone who has graduated and it’s not working in the
field right and I think some of our faculty are also can also speak on that
absolutely that they’re going to be able to speak to the fact that once they have
their master’s I think it was really easy to move up the food chain and
assistive technology so to speak if I want to see sound do I still need to
submit official transcripts oh no they’re already here right we don’t need
to have any more is this a regular CSUN program well of course it’s a Master of
Science and assistive technology and its operated I’m with the Department of
kinesiology so I run it but it’s actually within the College of Health
and Human Development and it’s a free-floating degree program within that
College so it’s a regular Master of Science degree your degree is not going
to list the same College they just administer the program for us these
lovely ladies and the large staff that it also works with these lovely ladies
so really the thing College is just who operates this but your degree is going
to be from California State University Northridge College of Health and Human
Development a Master of Science and assistive technology studies and human
service am i in international if if I’m in international students will I be
issued an i-20 no no because you’re not coming here this is a totally online
program right so we’re good with that I work full time will I be able to finish
this degree yes absolutely it is we are we cater to our mid professional or I
should say professional students mid-career professionals yeah so I had a
students in the program actually sign into class while they were out camping
somewhere they they were able to get a signal somehow and we’re able to do
their work for that evening in class so I will tell you that people who work
full-time and people who have busy lives are able to fit this and I think it’s a
really it’s something that can be easily accomplished Oh next up so what do you do if if this
interests you well you can ask us more questions when we open and unmute things
right but you can also upload admission requirements you can submit your
application you can go to our website and see what this is all about when you
submit your application you pay your fifty five dollar application fee and
then you submit all your official transcripts except for the CSUN one, correct. Okay your deadline is November 14 2019 so you have to make
sure you’re in by then and the sooner we have a rolling admission programs I’ve
already many people for this cohort um the sooner you get your information and
the better your chance of getting in do you think absolutely I think so because
the later ones then it’s a little more of a it’s a little bit harder to get
everyone who wants to come in it’s a good way of fitting in and the review
process can take me and the University and everything up to eight weeks to from
the receipt of your official transcripts so it’s super important that if you
apply you immediately request your official transcripts and send them in
except if they’re from CSUN then you don’t need your and then if you’re
interested in the program if you want to email go.csun.edu/aboutATHS
email us at [email protected] you can get in touch with us or you can call 818 677-3332 for further information okay so what sort of questions do people have and before you ask your question
you may have to unmute yourself, yes you may have to unmute yourself because
you’ve been muted for a while anyone have questions. I haven’t waited chat
let’s see what’s in there hi there hi hi my name is Mari Hunziker and I’m in
Texas and I’m currently and except they’re an accessibility specialist with
the Texas Workforce Commission and I’m very interested in this master’s program
I moved here about 20 years ago but I went to Cal State Long Beach
(oh cool) and I’ve been trying to do a master’s program for a very long time but life
happened and I’ve got kids and all kinds of stuff well working full-time and they
do what I work full-time and I was wondering what type of do you all use it
like a blackboard system for the online curriculum and or how is that done? we use Canvas. We use canvas and zoom so it’s the only premiere online sessions
that canvas is our learning management system and we have an instructional
design center here in the Tseng College that actually makes it so every course
looks the like any other things you want to answer that those she said can you
add to that Savannah you stones yeah I’m right here I was gonna say one of the
instructional designers is was Pharaohs faculty and instructional technologist
she teaches the first class right I’m gonna say the classes are really built
around the schedules of people who are mid-career have families possibly taking
care of aging parents so our virtual classroom sessions using
the same tool we’re using right now will always be weeknight evenings Tuesdays
what do they do Thursday one night for a week and they are not mandatory
attendance if you do not if you cannot attend we encourage you to but if you
can’t all of the sessions are recorded so that you can watch them afterward you
know by the end of the week at your convenience okay I have another question
have I’m legally blind and I’m very honest in this program but have how if
there’s been any other visually impaired or police that have gone through this
program oh yes yes there have been many people who are visually impaired who
have graduated from this program or have a disability so we are really very good
within the program and accommodating those things and building our
instructional design the structure and canvas the learning management system so
that it’s very helpful to people who have visual impairments and are able to
it’s always working with a screen reader and it seems like throughout the years
we’ve been able to get this down pretty well so it shouldn’t be a major problem
at all fantastic okay I think that’s I think
that’s a big reason why we switched over to the canvas learning management system
too is it’s very accessible That is Mike Williamson, one of our faculty who is speaking. Yeah that’s true that
was one of the reasons that the university switched because it’s more
accessible to screen readers. yes notice I was taking a master’s program class or
a master’s class at Texas Tech University and they use blackboard and
it was it’s very difficult to navigate I used in text and jaws have now recently
switched to fusion and notice that it’s just very difficult to kind of navigate
that system okay maybe a little bit more user-friendly for you
fantastic yeah oh yeah I’m so sorry I’m kind of monopolizing the whole thing do you all know how it works with vocational rehab and out-of-state tuition for
tuition waivers or whatever because I remember getting like in tuition waiver
at Cal State Long Beach and Texas Tech does that too. So, the tuition is the same
for out-of-state students as it is for a in state. for a waiver or for a third party for a
sponsor, we call it a third party sponsor we do have somebody who works
here in our finance department who contracts with them so we definitely
have that available to some of our students and you’re more than welcome to
reach out to me directly and we can find out more information for you before you
apply okay and are you at the 3332 number you can call that number and they
will plug you through to me okay. That is Yvonne who’s speaking right now
okay perfect all right lucky you’re still
muted if you’re talking. you go okay Texas is the only state that
has a deaf-blind tuition waiver and too bad it there are not other states that
have picked up on that but yeah Irene I’m actually at the
University of North Texas and also teach credentialing classes for the job coach
job skills training work readiness so put me an email and I’ll be happy to
answer any other questions you might after later on I’m fantastic
Rebecca is both an alumni and a faculty member in the program okay
will there be everyone will everyone’s information be attached to the recording
not to the recording but I could definitely share it with everybody else
participated okay that’s great Yvonne go ahead I was gonna make a
bad joke. (Yvonne) I have a question for our graduates who are now teaching for a
program and I know that a lot of prospective students come to us and are
concerned about not being able to find jobs in this field can you give us a
little bit more information on how or what your experience has been in the
field after you’ve graduated? there’s two jobs open in Texas right now one in
Dallas and one in Arlington and I believe the starting pay is around 53
and they’re both in higher ed with higher ed one of the fun things at least
to me with higher ed is that you you get more time with a person that you’re
working with I have some students that I’ve known for 10 years that have gone
on to get their masters and their PhD and when you work at an agency you might
not get to work with them for that long so that’s that’s satisfying to me to be
able to have that opportunity. Mike how’s the job market been for you? yeah I sound like a Salesman when I talk about it but once once I got the my master’s degree
through this program people were knocking on my door top to offer me jobs
I actually had to turn down quite a few jobs that people were offering me so it
really opened up so many avenues for me in my career I actually went from
working in a small small agency in central Illinois and now I’m I’m working
in accessibility at the University of Colorado Boulder
and I’ve had a few other jobs that are to the point that have that have led me
to this path but yeah it’s once I had that degree in hand my career just blew
up I it was yeah I I’ll stop talking because I could babble on about it
forever but my career blew up when I got this degree I should also say that he
was now in his dream job when we were in the program together how many years ago
was that Mike where do you want to be in eight years
Mike is exactly where I wanted to be yeah yeah that that’s thank you Sara
that’s exactly what I said I wanted to work at work at the University of
Colorado in accessibility and boom I am so yeah thanks Sarah any other questions for us No? hello hi hi my name is Cynthia I’m
apparently an SLPA in Portland Oregon and and I’m actually familiar with
Yvonne because she was one of my point of contacts throughout that um the SLP
program at CSUN so hi Yvonne oh my gosh I love the question she asks about job
opportunities that’s been one of my concerns um I currently work in the
school district and um I’m interested in positions within the school districts
but I often find that the roles for assistive tech want a background as an
actual speech-language pathologist or an occupational therapist so I’m kind of
wondering if the alumni have any experience with like requirements such
as those or any like kinda bumps hitting the road with finding jobs, I know
some said that offers the school aspect of things I’ve been at a school or I was
at a school for about five years until very recently and um and part of the
reason for that I can say that that if you’re an SLP or an OT the school
systems can sometimes bill out to help cover your salary so that would be why
they’d be looking for that and then if you’re doing assessments for like
language devices are kind of communication devices the funding has to
go through an SLP so there that is definitely one thing that I’ve
encountered in the schools areas but it’s not in every school area if it if
it’s a funding issue it’s hard to work around but if it’s simply being able to
have the credentials to write reports you can always get around that because
somebody can supervise you so it depends on how much you can talk them into it
but I wouldn’t I wouldn’t give up I would say that there is still some room
there thank you
yeah and that’s I’ll speak for Sarah this time Sarah had that that same
opportunity working with AAC devices and I’m gonna say prescribing which is a
horrible word but prescribing AAT devices and the gentleman I work with
now in the AT certificate program is working in California and had the same
role so again as Sarah said it’s it’s really it’s it’s organizationally based
it’s school district based it’s it’s region based on what what different
folks want and so we I always encourage any potential student to go back to your
organization and ask them specifically they’re looking for as far as you know
certification or or knowledge so that you you can come fully armed to whatever
whatever program you’re looking at to get that what they need for you to do
hopefully that made sense I didn’t butcher I have another question very common
question is -students who come in without any experience online and they are
sometimes hesitant to to join an online program because they don’t have that
technological background for those of you who teach in the program can you
give us a little bit more information and how a student can improve their
skills or what it’s what can be expected from an online course I’m gonna
monopolize so you guys can tell me to shut up
the nice thing is the faculty in this program are here to help you succeed so
you don’t you don’t really get that a lot of times with with other programs
your your faculty are there to to get their information out and and if you
succeed or not is on you really this program does a great job and the faculty
in this program do a great job of making sure that that you have what you need to
succeed and Yvonne has done a great job of doing that as well so even even if
you come to the program with with very limited or no technological skills
you’ve been away from school for 4 10 15 20 30 years this is a great place to to
come back to school because of that high level of support and the we want the the
one of us to have you succeed I’m gonna pop in here first two weeks of the first
class is actually an orientation to online learning where we take you
through all of the different parts of canvas all of the different tools you’re
going to be using for online a little bit about using the online library
resources so by the time you finish those first two weeks you’re already
getting comfortable and familiar with the tools and we have a dedicated tech
support team in Tseng College you’re not dealing with Central
University IT you’re working with our distance learning technical support team
if any problems do come up I’m gonna piggyback Suzanne too and say the nice
thing about having her class in my class is she gives you that that technical
background for canvas and in online learning and my first class is all all
about learning how to write academically we really focus hard on on getting your
writing skills where they need to be and so that’s a nice one-two punch if you
will for when you start the program it is it’s designed to be that way too so
that you’re comfortable or writing a especially if you are a mid-career professional and you’ve been out for a while in graduate school most of your assignments are going to be written or when you’re going to do presentations you’re not going to have a lot of
multiple-choice exams so it’s really important that you get up to speed with
writing and that’s why Mike says that in the first semester it’s really
helpful. Other questions for us? laughing I’m gonna make my bad joke then
okay on your on your on your slide that showed where everybody is working I
didn’t see a CU logo on that slide. I also wanted to add that part of this I
think particularly this program and the faculty and the staff really helped
build this really good community learning community and when you come to
these conferences I’m gonna say because you will come several times not just
once you come in and it’s for me it’s so overwhelming and so gratifying to see
students who just really met online come together and it’s like they’ve
known each other forever um so thank you to the faculty and to
Vicky here it has they really do create this really awesome learning experience
for students online I know that a lot of people say well it’s online how can you
actually get that cohesiveness, it really is up to our faculty support staff here as well that they
create this really good learning experience for our students yeah there’s
a lot of esprit de corps so to speak so the students really bond well and then
four six ninety four o’clock as many of the students will come out to the c-7
assistive technology conference in Anaheim every spring and so people get
to meet each other in person for the conference as well which is really great
but it it becomes a really tight-knit cohort by the end of the cohort because
people work in groups as well as independently so you’re going to really
work with a number of people in the cohort and work very closely to other
questions for us if you have any
questions after the session you can always reach out to us again we’ll share
our information so that it’ll be available via email and you have any
question any concern please feel free to reach out to any of us here we’re here
to help you ultimately we want to make sure that you that the program is a good
fit for you so thank you again joining us yeah thanks for joining us so much
and again reach out to any of us if you have any questions or comments about the
program we’re happy to help you out thank you