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English Teacher Hopes Writing Center Allows Students to Thrive

Tommy hopes the writing center he co-founded with a colleague at his current high school will help students thrive and become a space where they can not only share and learn from each other, but have a better appreciation and understanding of their own writing.

* Tommy Jolly is an alumni of the more »

English Teacher Returns Home to Instill Multiculturalism in Students

After returning to his hometown in Jackson, MS, Chaka says one of the best aspects of the M.Ed. in English Education program was its focus on pluralism and multiculturalism – two concepts he hopes to instill in his students.

* Chaka Mason is an alumni of the Master of… more »

Using Instructional Design at the CDC to Educate Public Health Professionals [Alumni Case Study]

Preferred developing courses vs. facilitating classes

Prior to applying to Georgia State’s Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) master’s program, I conducted face-to-face classroom trainings as a training specialist for about a year. I enjoyed my position, however I realized I preferred designing courses as opposed to facilitating classes. This came to light when… more »

Early Exposure to Educational Technology Leads to Career in Instructional Design [Alumni Case Study]

Interest in educational technology led to IDT degree

I started my career as a lab manager while I was an undergraduate at Southern Polytechnic State University (now known as Kennesaw State University’s College of Engineering and Engineering Technology), providing faculty with technology and development training. As the dot-com boom surged in the early 2000’s,… more »

Former Web Designer Finds Her Sweet Spot in Instructional Design [Alumni Case Study]

I didn’t know the instructional design field existed

After graduating with a bachelor’s in Computer Science, I started a website and graphic design firm. I worked on ecommerce sites, flyers, promotional materials and event websites for about five years before deciding to pursue a master’s degree. Most of the projects involved training clients, which… more »

Inequities in Education System Led Alumna to Educational Research [Alumni Case Study]

Inequities in educational system led to new career

I relocated from Minnesota to Atlanta in 2004 with my husband and children to be closer to family. Shortly after arriving, I started working as an environmental planner for Georgia State’s Department of Transportation. After three years, I began to do a lot of soul searching… more »

Speech-Language Pathologist Passionate About Treating Kids with Brain Trauma [Alumni Case Study]

Family experiences sparked my interest in the field

After completing my bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders (CSD) at the University of Alabama, I immediately enrolled in Georgia State’s CSD master’s degree program. My motivation to pursue a career as a speech-language pathologist was fueled by an interest in special education. Some… more »

Multiple Field Experiences in Speech Pathology in Metro Atlanta Boosted Confidence [Alumni Case Study]

Academic adviser’s advice led to graduate program

Initially, I majored in psychology because I wanted a career in the helping professions. While I enjoyed the classes, I wasn’t sure I wanted to stay in that field, so I spoke to my academic adviser and she suggested a degree in speech-language pathology could be a… more »

Designing Own Learning Goals and Forward Thinking Propels Alumna’s Career [Alumni Case Study]

Attracted by multidisciplinary view of education

My career in higher education administration started at a private university in Indiana as a recruiter due to some previous experience teaching recruitment best practices to other universities. While the role was ideal for someone interested in a career in higher education, I wanted the challenge of something… more »

Former Teacher Says Passion for Education Best Served as a Counselor [Alumni Case Study]

My heart was in education, but not the classroom

After receiving my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a high school teacher for two years. Although my heart was in education, I didn’t want to remain in the classroom 100 percent of the time, so I researched different careers within the field. Once I talked… more »