Kent State has prepared me for the professional world in every way. All of the assignments we were given were relevant and useful. I could easily apply every assignment to what I was currently doing. I appreciated that we were able to mold the assignments to what each student was currently doing professionally. I learned a lot about different software programs that can help me achieve my professional goals. I value the education I gained from attending Kent State and recommend the University to anyone looking for a degree in Education.
Since beginning my master's degree my perspective on technology, learning and teaching has changed. I didn't know how many software programs there were to help me achieve my goals. I've been in education for 8 years in addition to my undergraduate program and I was not aware of all of the programs available for educators. I can design curriculum much better with these programs and I am grateful that Kent State values new, innovative software.
My masters has opened up my eyes to thinking through all the steps of curriculum design. In particular, I love how the ADDIE model makes you think through every step from curriculum creation to the final test results.
From my coursework, I've learned that just as all learners have different learning styles all teachers have different teaching styles. Some students may not mesh with your learning styles and so educators must always have multiple ways to help students learn content. It is vital for educators to be lifelong learners.
One thing I can do now that I could not do before my degree began is basic programming. I had never done any programming before my masters degree. We did simple coding and I fell in love. I started a course on Python programming afterwards. I am still not a pro, but I better understand programming and hope to continue learning Python in the future.
I intend to continue to pursue creating educational materials post graduation. I would love if my future job allowed me to create aesthetically pleasing curriculum content. Aside from that, I don't mind what I do. In conclusion, I love learning. Receiving a Masters degree was a life goal completed, but it's not the end. I'm an active member of the Detroit ATD and I value all companies who encourage their employees to keep learning. I am now better equipped to work in the corporate world. I've been in K-12 education for the past eight years. Although I enjoy K-12 education I find that I connect better to the corporate world and I am very excited to start working with adults.