Alumna applies M.Ed. to classroom and beyond
In 2007, Marci Roller became the first graduate from Huntington University’sMaster of Education program. In 1992, she began her career in education, and she then went on to teach fourth grade at Andrews Elementary School in Huntington.Roller chose Huntington’s M.Ed. program because of its quality, location and the Christ-centered focus of the university.
“I have had two student teachers from the university, and their knowledge of application in the classroom, understanding of the profession, and their integrity helped me know that the program would be high quality,” Roller said.
The Master of Education program launched in 2005 after local teachers, many of whom were Huntington graduates, inquired if the Department of Education would ever expand to the master’s degree level.
“Graduating our first program completer says to us that the program works,” said Dr. Steve Holtrop, associate dean of graduate and adult studies. “People aren’t just starting it — they’re in it for the whole journey. It says to students that the program is doable. And it says to the graduate herself that she accomplished her goal. That’s the most significant thing — especially for a busy teacher, mom and member of the community.”
Roller’s degree is a Master of Education in elementary curriculum and instruction.
“The biggest draw was the versatility of the degrees being offered,” Roller said. “I waited so long to pursue my master’s because I wanted a degree in curriculum. I believe that it is a degree that can be applied in many of areas in the educational arena. Yes, it applies directly to the classroom, but it also can be used to advance myself in an area of curriculum writing and training in areas outside the classroom within a district if opportunities would ever arise.”