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Challenged to grow:

Alumna appreciates M.Ed. program's caring faculty
JillJohnston2010_profile

One of the greatest benefits to attending Huntington University’s M.Ed. program is the professors. They cared about me and worked on building a personal relationship with me, offering assistance as needed.”

After graduating from Huntington University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education, Jill Johnston began her teaching career, giving little thought to continuing her education with a master’s degree.

Two years of teaching, however, began to change Jill’s mind.

“I started to realize that I might want to further my education,” Jill said. “I talked myself out of it because I thought I would have to travel to Fort Wayne to attend a secular school or take online courses. Neither of these options appealed to me.”

After hearing about Huntington University’s Master of Education program, Jill was intrigued and became one of the first students to take part in the program.

“I knew that if they started a program,” Jill said, “it would be the place for me, because I truly valued my four years of undergraduate work there.”

Jill was excited about the prospect of returning to classes but nervous about the balancing of teaching and her own coursework. In conversations with fellow co-workers concerning their master’s program experiences, Jill kept hearing negative comments which worried her. But she was pleasantly surprised by her HU experience.

“My courses at Huntington were very challenging,” Jill said, “but I appreciated the opportunity to grow professionally in my career.”

In May 2008, Jill graduated with a Master of Education degree in elementary curriculum and instruction, and Jill considers herself a better teacher because of that.

“One of the greatest benefits to attending Huntington University’s M.Ed. program is the professors,” Jill said. "They cared about me and worked on building a personal relationship with me, offering assistance as needed.”

“It is obvious that they care about you as a person,” Jill said. “They want you to succeed in your career.”