Oh my gosh! I am just so excited right now. Things are falling exactly into place.
I met with the director of the program to which I applied and she told me that I'm in. It's not official yet, but I'm taking her word for it! :D
This afternoon I talked to my boss about the program and she shares my excitement. She said she will be as flexible with me as possible to help me complete the degree. (Classes start at 4:30 p.m., so with her blessing I can leave work 45 minutes early two days per week. That's a big deal!)
Want to know more? It is a master's of education degree--but I won't be a teacher. The degree will allow me work in the homes of very young children with autism--equipping the kids and their families with skills they need to confront day to day challenges. I'll also help them navigate the myriad of services available to them.
This is exactly the kind of work I've felt led to do for a few years. I'm so happy that I found a program so aligned with my interests. And the cherry on top is that through my benefits at work, I will only have to pay 10 percent of the tuition. A master's degree student-loan-free. Can you believe this? Ahhhh!