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Bobcat - Marla Kincaid

Marla Kincaid

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Marla's Thoughts on Texas State

How I Found Out About Texas State

I completed my undergraduate degree here and became aware of the graduate college.

Why Developmental Education

I saw the need to help underprepared learners be successful in their educations. Texas State is a leader in the field of developmental education and the faculty are the best and brightest.

Career Goals

I hope to work in a community college or university in learning support and/or teach a learning framework course.

How My Major Will Help Me Reach My Goals

My classes have provided me with insight into the needs of the underprepared learner, the benefits of learning framework courses, and the latest innovations in the field. Every class has been of utmost relevance in providing me with the foundation for working in dev ed.

Favorite Professor

Dr. Russ Hodges. He is charismatic, knowledgeable, and helps students achieve their educational goals. He encourages us to become active participants in our educations, and I hope to follow his examples. His class and the way in which he presents the material keeps me wanting to learn more.

Best Course

This is a tie. Dr. Hodges’s Learning Frameworks course really sparked my interest in the teaching. I look forward to further research on the topic. Dr. Emily Payne’s Program Management course provided me with and in-depth understanding of a skill set that I may very well use in my career.

Most Valuable Learning Experience

Dr. Taylor Acee’s Underprepared Learner course. He provided valuable insight into the needs of the underprepared learner through guest speakers, reading assignments, and our group discussions. Anyone who plans to work in developmental education definitely needs to first understand the students who will be served and the diversity of their needs.

Best Opportunity

I feel very fortunate to have Dr. Jodi Holschuh as my program coordinator and advisor. She is knowledgeable, supportive and well respected for her work in developmental education. Dr. Holschuh is constantly on the lookout for opportunities for her grad students and I am very appreciative. Secondly, it is wonderful to be part of an organization that is home to the only PhD program in developmental education and one of only three EdD programs in the nation. We are so privileged to be home to the incredible faculty in the graduate programs.

Greatest Accomplishment

My biggest accomplishment is that I returned to college after a 30-year hiatus to complete my BS in psychology and then was accepted into grad school. If I can do it…so can you.

Texas State Atmosphere

The whole place is friendly and welcoming to all. There is a good vibe.

What I Like Most About Texas State

The faculty — from those in psychology and anthropology in my undergrad to the professors I currently have in developmental education. They have been great.

What I Tell Future Bobcats

I gave this advice to my daughter, who also attends Texas State: Ask questions, get involved, get to know your instructors, and ask for help when needed.

Marla's Stats

  • MAJOR: Developmental Education master's program
  • HOMETOWN: Austin, Texas

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