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At National University, we strive to make higher education accessible to all adult learners. View our resource articles below that provide insights and information to help navigate your education path.

How to Pay for College

At National University, we strive to make higher education accessible to all adult learners. This informative guide is designed to educate you about your financial aid options, so you can find the resources you need to pay for college and achieve your goals.

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Finding the Best Military-Friendly College

Finding the best military-friendly college for you may seem daunting, but asking the right questions and knowing how to find the right information will help you in your search and, ultimately, in making the best decision possible. Here are some important aspects to consider as you explore and compare schools and programs.

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The Teacher Shortage: The National University Solution

To ensure a quality education for the millions of students in the U.S. in the coming years, school districts, government officials, and other leaders need to examine what can be done to increase the number of people pursuing a degree in education. Just as important, we need to create conditions that will keep these educators in the field once they are fully trained.

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How to Become a Substance Abuse Counselor

People arrive at careers in the substance abuse counseling field in many ways; some, after having dealt with their own addiction; others, are drawn to the career path after seeing friends or family members cope with addiction and recovery. Many times, career interest is the result of a deep commitment to helping others. Whatever the motivation, everyone in this field shares the same goal: to work with individuals to alleviate or remove their dependencies on alcohol and drugs and improve the quality of their lives.

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How to Study for the CSET: 8 Tips for Success

Successfully passing the California Subject Examinations for Teachers (often referred to as CSET) is an important step on the road to becoming a teacher within the public elementary, middle, and high school system in the state. For many prospective teachers, eager to enter the profession after years of investing in their education, understanding how to pass the CSET the first time is top of mind. As with all exams, carefully setting the groundwork around how to study for the CSET is the key to delivering a successful outcome. With this in mind, use the following eight tips to help guide your CSET prep.

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The Online MFA: Creative Writing

For writers who aspire to be published authors, the structure of online MFA programs can be exactly what they need to finish their manuscript and open doors to a writing career. A writer’s struggle, however, isn’t always in generating creative ideas or artistic ambition, but with tapping into the momentum to finish a project while managing a busy life. National University’s online MFA Creative Writing program was the first in the nation to offer a completely online MFA with no residency requirements, recognizing that many aspiring writers have the inspiration, if not the time and resources, to bring their work to its full potential.

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What is an MFA Program? Mastering the Creative

From the beginning of human existence, the most powerful communication tool has been storytelling. Whether used to pass information down from generation to generation,to explain the unexplainable, or to transport us through space and time, stories connect us. As human beings, we are hardwired for stories. They “change our attitudes, beliefs, and behaviors.” And those who can tell the best stories are the ones who will be the movers and the shakers of the 21st century. Training these storytellers — who communicate through creative writing, screenwriting, cinema, etc. — is what the National University MFA program does every day.

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How to Become an Elementary School Teacher in California

Wondering how to become an elementary education teacher in California? To launch your teaching career in California, you need to determine if elementary education is the right fit, complete a state-accredited teaching program, gain classroom experience, and satisfy the state’s testing requirements.

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How to Become a School Teacher in California

When it comes to changing lives, teachers are among the most influential professionals in the U.S. However, as a state hit hard by the current nationwide teacher shortage, California is struggling to provide its students with quality educators who can create life-changing impact in the classroom. Whether you have always dreamed of being a teacher, or are currently working in another field and looking for a career change, now is the time to consider investing in the future of students by pursuing a career in education.

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Interpersonal Communication: A Course with Career Impact

Interpersonal communication skills are a vital asset to anyone in the modern workplace. The failure of professional relationships, which can contribute to poor or even disastrous work output, is often blamed on a breakdown of communication between individuals. Given the potential consequences of poor communication skills in adulthood, it’s surprising that interpersonal communication courses aren’t taught to students from a younger age. Dr. Louis E. Rumpf, Lead Faculty of the B.A. in Strategic Communications program at National University, believes this lack of understanding about interpersonal communication skills can lead to dysfunctional communication practice once young people enter employment, creating opportunities for conflict, stress and reduced levels of productivity. The fact that everyone has an individual approach to the way they communicate with others adds an extra layer to an already complex challenge.

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