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“AT PACE I HAVE HAD MORE OPPORTUNITIES TO PRACTICE IN REAL-WORLD SETTINGS, INCLUDING MY CURRENT STUDENT TEACHING POSITION AT P.S. 124 IN CHINATOWN.”

“PACE TRULY PREPARED ME FOR A CAREER AS AN EDUCATIONAL LEADER.  THE HANDS-ON COLLABORATIVE WORK WITH INDIVIDUALIZED ATTENTION ENSURED THAT I WOULD CONTINUE TO BE SUCCESSFUL.”

Xi Chen '15

Michael Hojnacki '15

Degree: MS, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Xi’s passion for teaching English to non-speakers led her to enroll in Pace’s Master’s-level TESOL program. She is currently a student teacher at P.S. 124 – the Yung Wing School – in Manhattan’s Chinatown district. In fact, she feels that Pace has given her more real-world opportunities than the other schools she considered. She also credits the Pace faculty for setting an excellent professional example for working in the classroom, so when she graduates in December, 2015 she will be ready to take on any challenge. 

Degree: Previous Pace MST and MSEd Graduate; Pursuing advanced certificate for Special Education

Michael understands both the value of a Pace education and the need to stay competitive in his field. After achieving both an MST in Adolescent Education and an MSEd in Educational Leadership at Pace, he is back here working on a post-master’s certificate in the growing field of Special Education. He recently received a promotion at his job as a result of his MSEd program. For curriculum development to teacher evaluations, Michael notes that he is using what he learned at Pace in almost every part of his current position at NYCDOE, a high school for Environmental Studies.

$70,729

average salary of teachers in New York State

30%

the increase in the number of U.S. students in special educations programs over the last 10 years

97%

of School of Education graduates were employed full-time one year after graduation