Childhood and Special Education Student Letter

Lauren CourtadeI transferred to Canisius from a large university my sophomore year. Despite its great reputation, I struggled to connect with students and professors there. When I came to Canisius, that all changed. Even as a commuter, the students and professors made it easy for me to become involved on campus. Further, the faculty guided me in choosing and completing my childhood/special education degree in just three years.
The quantity and quality of field placements and related experiences at Canisius are unmatched. In three years, I was placed in eight schools in both urban and suburban settings, where I worked with children ages 18 months to 18 years. I also worked alongside professors through paid opportunities, including a tutoring program, a gifted math program, and research positions which allowed me to present at three conferences. Additionally, I participated in the teacher education club and was president of Kappa Delta Pi.

Spending a month teaching English in Spain further fostered my personal and professional growth. That experience allowed me to realize my passion for teaching English language learners, which is now the master’s program I am pursuing at Canisius. Currently, I am teaching second grade at Westminster Community Charter School, which was a job I secured prior to graduation due to Canisius’s extensive network with local schools.

If you choose Canisius, you will be supported both personally and professionally in your transition into adulthood.

Lauren Courtade




Lauren Courtade

Canisius College, Class of 2017