Q & A with Dr. Andrea Hickson
Program Coordinator Dr. Andrea Hickson, EdD, holds professional certifications for elementary and middle school teaching and administration, high school administration, instructional technology, and sheltered English immersion. She made good use of these credentials in Massachusetts’s urban schools, where she served for 20 years as an award-winning master teacher and assistant principal. Bay Path’s education students now benefit from her extensive work experience, as well as from her passion for conversations about diversity and inclusion in education. Beyond Bay Path, Dr. Hickson and her wife Kathy enjoy attending live theater performances, sporting events, traveling, and training their Golden Retriever, Piper, as a therapy dog.
What do you love about Early Childhood Education / Elementary Education?
I love the “aha” moment -- seeing a student’s face light up when they finally understand something. And I love seeing a student many years later and finding out that I made a difference in their life.
What’s the value of a degree in Early Childhood Education / Elementary Education?
- Career opportunity: Teaching is an exciting career with invaluable rewards, including an average salary of $76,000 for elementary teachers in Massachusetts. It’s also a growing occupation, with employment for preschool teachers projected to grow 10% from 2016 to 2026.
- Career readiness: The degree prepares you for current trends and challenges in education, such as streamlining assessments and increasing instruction time, making technology an integral part of the classroom rather than an add-on, and meeting diverse needs of special education students, gifted students, and English language learners.
Why choose Bay Path for graduate work in Early Childhood Education / Elementary Education?
- For our faculty’s extensive experience teaching in public schools.
- For small classes where you are not “just a number,” and faculty are attentive to your individual needs and learning style.
- For the flexibility to attend full-time or part-time, to earn a degree with or without licensure.
- For our cutting-edge curriculum supported by “hot topics” discussions and guest speakers.
- For the University’s strong reputation among principals who have hired Bay Path grads.
- For our virtual peer communities developed through online discussion posts and live Zoom conversations.