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Using Instructional Design at the CDC to Educate Public Health Professionals

Hometown: Woodbury, GA Education: M.S. ’08, Instructional Design & Technology (IDT) — Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA B.S. ’01, Computer Information Systems — Mercer Universty, Macon, GA Job Title: Health Education Specialist/Program Coordinator Employer: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Preferred developing courses vs. facilitating classes

Prior to applying to Georgia State’s 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 »

School Counseling Alumna Excited to Start Career at RAMP High School [Alumni Case Study]

I never thought I wanted to work in schools

After completing my bachelor’s degree, I worked as a college advisor for two years at a national program that placed recent college graduates in metro Atlanta schools. I assisted first generation high school students from underrepresented backgrounds find a college and guided them on their… more »

Former PE Teacher Finds Calling as School Counselor [Alumni Case Study]

Still wanted to work with kids after injury

After spending six years as a PE teacher in Ohio, I suffered a spinal cord injury. My wife and I moved to Atlanta in order for me to rehabilitate at the Shepherd Center. During this time, I realized I wanted to continue working with students. Since… more »