Become an inclusive, caring leader in early childhood education

You can make a difference for the next generation with a Carlow University master’s degree in Early Childhood Supervision. The program prepares early childhood leaders for positions in child care centers and elementary programs serving children from birth through sixth grade. Most principals are not prepared for Pre-K through kindergarten and early elementary leadership, which is this program’s focus.

Carlow will train you to become an effective, ethical agent of systemic change who can tackle implicit bias, racism and equity issues in the early childhood field, and connect you with like-minded educators.

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Credits required:

33 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 18 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

Master’s in Early Childhood Supervision curriculum

Carlow’s program is designed for working adults using a hybrid eight-week course format delivered over three semesters. Course topics include professional development and supervision, planning and administering early childhood programs, and supervising programs in early childhood education.

Quick Facts

  • Complete your degree in 3 semesters
  • Accelerated 8-week course format offered online and on campus
  • Adult learner-friendly schedule with evening courses
  • Access to an early learning lab and professional development workshops
  • Networking opportunities with early childhood leaders across Pennsylvania
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Career opportunities for MEd in Early Childhood Supervision

Many school districts across the country report vacancies or a lack of qualified applicants for school leadership roles, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. With this degree, you will be prepared for careers in advanced leadership and administrative positions in early child care centers, schools, district offices and nonprofit groups, including early childhood administrator, K-2 principal, Pre-K Counts evaluator, early childhood curriculum director and early childhood mentor.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to assist you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Become a highly qualified educational leader

Carlow’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership will prepare you for advanced leadership positions in public, private or nonprofit educational institutions. You’ll be prepared to become a leader with the knowledge, skills and disposition needed to respond to educational challenges with an equity lens. 

Carlow’s collaboration with area schools gives students access to meaningful internship experiences alongside mentor principals as they lead schools, design strategic plans, use data to make informed decisions and engage with stakeholders to implement initiatives that best serve a diverse student body.

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Credits Required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MEd in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification curriculum

The curriculum uses project-based applications of skills and competencies and includes specialized coursework in improvement science, systems thinking and building networked communities.

Quick Facts

  • Experience a yearlong internship with a mentor principal
  • Pursue extensive professional development opportunities 
  • Continue to work while completing your degree 
  • Take advantage of discounted tuition available for Catholic Diocese of Pittsburgh & Greensburg employees

Certificate option

Graduate Certificate in Educational Leadership with Principal Certification Prep

If you have already earned an MEd and are looking to add a principal certification we offer an add-on certificate.

Career opportunities for Master’s in Education Leadership 

Leadership skills are always in demand, making the career outlook for education management bright. A Carlow master’s degree will help you achieve your goals as a principal, program director or administrator.

Employment of training and development specialists is projected to grow 9% from 2019 to 2029, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Job prospects are best for those with experience developing online and mobile training programs. BLS projects employment of elementary, middle and high school principals to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work.
Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall & Spring

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success. You’ll also need to have three years of successful classroom or educational experience prior to program admission

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Empower high school students: Master’s in Secondary Education

Enhance your undergraduate degree with Carlow’s Master’s in Secondary Education, and you’ll be ready to inspire the next generation of students as a middle or high school teacher.

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Credits Required: 

35 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery: 

On campus, some online

Secondary Education degree curriculum 

The curriculum pairs coursework and practical field experiences to prepare highly effective educators for the demands of 21st-century classrooms. Eight-week sessions make the program more accessible for working students. A three-semester program sequence allows placements in local high schools. 

The Interdisciplinary Models course highlights technology fluency and emerging technology via Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab, where you will have access to robotic technology.

Quick Facts

  • Choose your content area: art, biology, chemistry, English, general science, math or social studies/history
  • Train in restorative practices, trauma-informed teaching practices, and culturally and linguistically relevant pedagogy
  • Earn your degree in 1 year or 2 years

Alternate degree completion options

Accelerated

Fast track your way into this master’s program by taking graduate courses as a Carlow undergraduate student. Course credits count toward both degrees. Apply for the accelerated option after your sophomore year.

Career opportunities for Masters in Secondary Education

The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports employment of high school teachers is projected to grow 4% from 2019 to 2029. Rising student enrollment should increase demand for high school teachers in many regions, according to the BLS.

With an MEd in Secondary Education from Carlow University, you will be positioned to assume a middle school or high school teaching position in public, private, charter or parochial schools.  

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Certification requirements

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass: 

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

You may qualify for the Carlow Noyce Program which offers up to $18,000 to graduate students pursuing teaching certification.

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Inspire your students: Master in Art Education

With a master’s in Art Education from Carlow, you will be prepared to teach art in pre-K through grade 12, or to work with children and adolescents in nonprofit or community organizations. 

Workshops led by distinguished authors, activists, artists and educators add to the course curriculum. You can take advantage of Carlow’s educational partnership with The Andy Warhol Museum or collaborate with Carlow’s art department and art gallery.

The MEd in Art Education compliments other graduate departmental offerings in Early Childhood and Special Education and utilizes a core of courses shared across these programs. 

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Credits Required:

36 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 18 months

Delivery: 

On campus, some online

Curriculum for Master in Art Education

You will learn to use robot and other instructional technology to increase student achievement and engagement. You’ll design activities and projects based on individual student needs and analyze policy, funding and community-based services for children and adolescents. You will create assessments aligned to student outcomes and analyze assessment results. 

Quick Facts

  • Gain hands-on educational experiences
  • Interact with teaching artist at The Campus Laboratory School
  • Complete student teaching experiences in Pre-K-12 grade classrooms
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Career opportunities for master’s in Art Education

A master’s in Art Education prepares you to teach art in Pre-K through 12th grade classrooms. You can also work within community settings, museums, nongovernmental organizations, and broader public and civic contexts, or open your own studio or business. Specialties including painting, drawing, ceramics and photography.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Upon completion of the course requirements in the program, you must successfully pass:

  • Student teaching with a combined score of 4 or higher on both PDE 430 evaluation forms
  • Praxis Content Area exam in your discipline. 

Once you have met these requirements, you may apply for certification with the state.

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Improve outcomes for students on the autism spectrum

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Teaching will prepare you to help children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Emphasizing curriculum design, the program focuses on advanced teaching or instructional support positions with public, private or nonprofit organizations. 

The four autism courses are offered as a special graduate certificate program. They can also be taken as a MEd in Curriculum and Instruction track. The program offers advanced study of pedagogy for working educators or other interested individuals. Teaching certification is not required for enrollment and completion of the program. It does not lead to initial teaching certification, nor does it lead to an autism endorsement unless you are a licensed teacher. 

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Credits Required:

30 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus, some online

MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Teaching curriculum

Carlow’s four-course graduate certificate program in autism spectrum teaching provides the competencies set forth by the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Courses are offered in a hybrid or online format with January, March, August or October start dates. Upon completion, Level I or II certificate holders are eligible for the PDE autism endorsement. 

Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers.

Quick Facts

  • Take advantage of flexibility with night and online classes in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
  • Take a course highlighting technology fluency and emerging technologies through Carlow University’s satellite partnership with Carnegie Mellon University’s CREATE Lab
  • Apply without your GRE
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Career opportunities for MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Autism Teaching

It’s estimated that more than 1% of U.S. children are diagnosed with autism, which has contributed to a high demand for qualified professionals to work with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Carlow’s graduate certificate program will prepare you to be a special education teacher, behavior analyst, autism spectrum disorder specialist, behavioral interventionist or child advocate.

If you work with children or young adults with an autism spectrum disorder, the autism teaching track will prepare you to design effective programs for your students.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Certification information: Any teacher or other education professional who holds a current Level I or Level II certification and who successfully completes the four-course certificate sequence, is eligible for the Autism Endorsement from the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE). Students who successfully complete the four-course sequence, but do not hold a current Level I or Level II certification are eligible for the Carlow issued certificate of completion but not the PDE Endorsement. 

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Improve outcomes for students with dyslexia

Carlow’s MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Dyslexia Teaching certificate program utilizes systematic and explicit multisensory-based structured literacy in early childhood reading instruction. You’ll get a strong foundation in those elements as well as a comprehensive look at current brain research in the field of dyslexia.

The four courses in the program can also be taken as a track in the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program and are aligned with the International Dyslexia Association standards for educators and teachers of reading. Parents, community members or nonformal educators interested in more academic and practical information about dyslexia teaching are welcome in the program.

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Credits Required: 

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months

Delivery: 

On campus, some online

Curriculum for Dyslexia Teaching graduate certificate

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction program with a dyslexia track features courses in curriculum theory, motivation and creativity, improvement science, and multisensory teaching methods. Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers.. 

Quick Facts

  • Apply without your GRE
  • Enjoy flexibility with night and online classes in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years

Certificate option

Graduate certificate in Dyslexia Teaching

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for Dyslexia Teaching

With the Dyslexia Teaching certificate, you’ll be better prepared for advanced positions in education in public, private or nonprofit organizations. 

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Improve outcomes for young children as an early childhood leader

In Carlow’s master’s in Early Childhood Leadership program, you will focus on evaluating early learning programs, coaching in an educational setting and developing curriculum. You will have a better understanding of the roles and responsibilities of Head Start supervisor, center director, classroom coach and mentor.

The MEd in Curriculum and Instruction: Early Childhood Leadership degree offers advanced study of pedagogy for working educators or other interested individuals. Teaching certification is not required for enrollment in this program, and it does not lead to initial teaching certification. 

Students work on their assignment during class. All are seated at desks of 2-3 people.
Credits Required: 

30 credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months

Delivery

On campus, some online

Early childhood curriculum

The curriculum in the Early Childhood Leadership program includes an examination of developmentally appropriate practices for each age group, along with models for parent involvement. The care and education of young children is studied from a historical perspective that includes current challenges and trends in child care, Head Start, preschool and early intervention programs. 

You’ll learn about delivery of service and governmental licensing standards, leading to a case study of an operational program. Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers. 

Quick Facts

  • Upgrade your professional credentials
  • Take night and online classes in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
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Certificate option

Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Leadership

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for Early Childhood Leadership

You’ll be prepared to work in community-based children’s programs, classrooms or child care settings. You will be qualified for advanced positions in education, whether public, private or with a nonprofit organization.

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Master the skills you need to work with English language learners

You can make a difference in the lives of those who speak limited English. Carlow University’s Master’s in Curriculum and Instruction, with an emphasis on curriculum design, will prepare you for leadership positions in education with public, private or nonprofit organizations. 

More than half of the coursework for the English as a Second Language program is completed at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit in nearby Homestead, where students receive specific professional development skills related to current research and best instructional practices. 

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In Grace Library, spanning the third and fourth floor of the University Commons, there are numerous quiet spaces and study rooms for individuals and groups to use.
Credits Required: 

33 total credits

Cost per credit: 

$600/Carlow credit

$499/AIU course

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months

Delivery

On campus, some online

Curriculum for MEd in English as a Second Language

You will study inquiry models of instruction, training for technology fluency, interdisciplinary models, advanced exploration of cognition, motivation research and studies of creativity in education. 

The English as a Second Language program features courses in cultural sensitivity, language development, and ESL assessment and support.  

Six ESL classes are taken at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The courses transfer to Carlow and are applied toward the MEd in Curriculum and Instruction. This certificate program leads to an ESL endorsement through the AIU for individuals with a Pennsylvania teaching license. Students should register on the AIU website.

Quick Facts

  • Upgrade your professional credentials
  • Take courses at night or online in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
  • Apply without your GRE
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Career opportunities for MEd in English as a Second Language

With English as the world’s dominant language, institutions providing ESL instruction have increased worldwide. In addition to teaching in person and online, graduates may become ESL textbook editors, curriculum and instruction designers, or researchers.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that employment in master’s-level occupations is projected to grow by almost 17% from 2016 to 2026, the fastest of any education level. Employment of instructional coordinators is projected to grow 6% from 2019 to 2029 as states and school districts put greater emphasis on student achievement data.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Preparing for a digital world: Master’s in Online Teaching

An Online Teaching degree will prepare you to design instruction and lead classrooms using best practices and innovative technology. 

Educational and corporate leaders seek instructional designers who manage content and improve learning across virtual environments. This graduate program will provide you with the hands-on experience you’ll need to succeed, equipping you to design, develop and implement instructional material in any medium. 

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Credits Required:

30 credits

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree: 

As few as 12 months

Delivery: 

100% online

Curriculum for Master of Education in Online Teaching

In the four-course Online Teaching curriculum, you will get real-world training as you learn how to develop and design online content, examine curricular options, structure an online experience that meets the needs of the learner and develop appropriate assessment techniques for online learning. The capstone course focuses on implementation of technology and  application of instructional design.

Quick Facts

  • Upgrade your professional credentials
  • Take classes at night or online in an 8-week format
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
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Certificate option

Graduate Certificate in Online Teaching

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for MEd in Online Teaching

With the MEd in Online Teaching, you’ll be prepared for a career in education or industry. Job titles include business development manager, instructional consultant, IT and computer training manager, learning coordinator, learning services manager, learning systems analyst, and learning technologist. 

A teaching degree can also prepare you for roles in educational administration, curriculum development, and school policy and advocacy.

Admission requirements and application process

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

Teaching for the 21st century: Master’s in STEM Teaching

Computational thinking is vital in today’s world. Carlow University provides teachers the skills they need to integrate science, technology, engineering and math into their curriculums. 

In the Master’s in STEM Teaching program, you will examine ethical issues, curricular models, robotic technology and current research in effective design and instruction, and will engage in inquiry projects and STEM-based field experiences. 

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Credits Required:

30 credits 

Cost per credit:

$600/credit

Time to degree:

As few as 12 months

Delivery:

On campus or 100% online

Curriculum for MEd in STEM teaching

In this program, you will collaboratively apply, demonstrate and assess your own STEM curriculum. You’ll learn coding using Scratch, Snap and Python and will be introduced to the Flutter, Finch, Hummingbird, EarthTime, Circuit Blocks, Speck and Vex Robotics technologies.

Carlow University is a CREATE Lab satellite, which gives faculty access to emerging technologies. You will complete an Interdisciplinary Models course highlighting technology fluency and emerging technologies. You’ll have access to robotic technology and advanced professional development.

Community partnerships in the Pittsburgh area offer workshops and activities with guest speakers. 

Quick Facts

  • Take courses at night or online in an 8-week format.
  • Complete your degree in 1 year or 2 years
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Certificate option

Graduate certificate in STEM Teaching

This program is available as a graduate certificate which leads to an endorsement from PDE for already licensed teachers.

Career opportunities for Master’s in STEM teaching

You’ll return to your classroom or other educational setting prepared to take on leadership roles and contribute in STEM education research and teaching, whether it be with a public, private or nonprofit organization. 

Admission requirements and application process 

You can apply for free online, and must submit the following materials:

  • Official transcripts from all degree-granting institutions you have attended
  • Personal essay that describes your academic objectives
  • Current resume or curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation that address your leadership potential and ability to succeed in graduate-level work

An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher is preferred; however, provisional admission is also possible if you do not meet all of the admission criteria but exhibit a strong possibility of academic success.

Apply

anytime

Start terms:

Fall, Spring & Summer

Contact Admissions

If you are interested in this graduate program, our Admissions team is available to help you with the next steps, including scheduling an on-campus visit or attending an upcoming event.

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