Make a Difference event showcases graduate opportunities in the College of Education

May 3, 2023 | Education and Human Sciences, Faculty/Staff, General News, Students

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education recently hosted a social event to showcase its graduate programs on April 24, 2023. The event, titled “Make a Difference,” aimed to provide an opportunity for prospective graduate students to explore the programs offered by the College of Education and connect with current students and alumni.

The highlight of the event was a panel discussion featuring current students from the Masters of Education in Curriculum & Instruction (MEdCI), Masters of Educational Leadership (MEdEL), Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) and Doctoral programs.

Panelists shared their personal and professional journeys through the programs, offering tips on how to achieve success in their respective fields.

“I am proud of the efforts that the College of Education is making to expand and enhance our graduate programs for teachers,” said Dr. Amy Vessel, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical and Professional Experiences in the College of Education. “We believe that investing in the professional development of teachers is one of the most effective ways to improve educational outcomes and promote a brighter future for all.”

Kaylen Walker, an Elementary Education major and panelist at the event, said, “During the panel discussion, it was so amazing to see how individuals on different paths experienced very similar moments throughout the various programs.”

The discussion shed light on students’ diverse experiences in their respective programs, highlighting the common themes and lessons they learned along the way.

Dr. Joanne Hood, Assistant Professor in the Department of Curriculum, Instruction, and Leadership, lead the discussion. She was in awe of the panelists and the information they shared with the audience.

“Knowing that each of them felt that their time at Louisiana Tech has prepared them for their future is so rewarding to those of us who teach in the College of Education,” said Hood.

The “Make a Difference” event also allowed attendees to network with faculty, staff, and alumni of the College of Education and learn more about the resources and support available to graduate students at Tech.

“We are thrilled to have hosted this event and to have had the opportunity to showcase the outstanding graduate programs offered by the College of Education,” said Dr. Don Schillinger, Dean of the College of Education. “We hope that attendees left with a greater understanding of how our programs can help them achieve their personal and professional goals, and that they felt inspired to make a difference in their communities.”

Louisiana Tech University’s College of Education offers a range of graduate programs designed to prepare students for leadership roles through our dedication to Excellence through Education.

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