I feel a little dumb. I was debating applying to one of three programs (Master's in Social Work, Master's in Counseling, or Master's in Special Education). A friend in the MSW program pointed out that it does not require a GRE score to apply. I took that into consideration, almost went for the MSW, and last second decided to apply to the Master's in Special Ed.
However. I still had it in my head that I did not need the GREs. Applications for starting in the Spring were due mid October. I sent everything else in, and thought I was done! But on November 9th, I received an e-mail from the admissions department saying my application was incomplete, and asking when they could expect to receive my GRE scores. OH SH*T!
I replied, completely honestly, that I had not even realized they were required and that the earliest I could take the test would be November 17th. I fully expected a "You're past the deadline by a month, so you can apply for the Fall semester!" but instead got a "Okay, please e-mail us your self-reported scores after you take the test and we will update your application accordingly while we wait for the official scores to come in."
I'm choosing to interpret that as all my other ducks are in a row, and they want to accept me, but they need the GRE scores to make it official. I feel that if they did not already like everything else about my application, they would have suggested that I just apply next round for the Fall semester.
Am I crazy/stupid/naive to think this way??
Crossing my fingers!!!
I would assume that if you do well on the GRE you will still be in the running to be accepted. If you do poorly I suspect they would not accept you this time. However, if it were me, I wouldn't bother asking you for your GRE scores unless you were a strong candidate otherwise.
Ahhhh that's awesome! It's so lucky that they're letting you submit your GRE scores after the application date.
Best wishes! I hope you get into the program you want! :)
@asscherlover: That's how I interpreted it, and what I'm hoping! Thanks for the affirmation that I'm not crazy for thinking that way! Haha.
@rachelmichelle: Agreed! I'm so glad they are being so flexible. I hope I'm right in assuming I'm a good candidate - I've been an assistant teacher for children with severe autism for five years, and am finally taking the step to advance my career! So I think that should help me a lot.
I THINK I did very well on the GREs! But the program I applied to does not yet have a minimum score in the new scale. The old minimum was 500 verbal, 500 math (when each section was out of 800). I scored 164 in verbal, and 156 in math (and I THINK the scores are out of 170). So I'm hopeful!! Just nervous that if I don't get in I'll be super disappointed. :(
Oh, that's AWESOME- my cousin is pursuing her master's (don't remember the specialty exactly), but she has been doing an internship where she has been working with autistic children as well.
She recently just passed some exams at the center she is working at and can now take on her own clients.
Her long-term goal after she graduates is some sort of job where she evaluates the kids and plans a curriculum for them based on their specific needs.
@lovelove1028: They have a scale where you can translate the new score into the old one.
Looks like you got 660-670 on verbal and 720 on math.
@rachelmichelle: That sounds awesome, congrats to your cousin!
It's such an amazingly rewarding field.. Even little successes are soo exciting, and every day you learn a new way to look at the world. My students have taught me patience, caring, understanding, and new perspectives. I love this field. :)
Even though there's no money, and the politics found in any school system are absolutely horrid... it's totally worth it. Haha. :)
Our students each have individualized education plans (IEPs) which are basically specialized curricula designed by our school (it's a private school), the child's district, and the family. It's difficult because you have to take into consideration the skills that the parents want their child to learn, as well as what is "age-appropriate," as well as what is functional and reasonable for the student, and you must always consider what skills they HAVE and what skills they don't yet have when designing an IEP.
@asscherlover: Thanks so much for that!! That's great to know. :)
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