The EDTC program helped me achieve my professional goals through a foundation of knowledge upon which valuable skills were built. When I began the EDTC program I thought I would learn how to use the Internet to deliver content. By the time I had finished the program, I not only knew more about the power of the Internet, but more importantly, I learned the theories behind education and teaching, the methods behind sound instructional design, and how to use and leverage the most current technologies, tools, and software to bring education to life on the otherwise flat, inanimate computer screen. I am the last employee to have been hired into an instructional design position but I have been able to move forward and past many of my colleagues when designing new and innovative e-learning courses and programs.
I would absolutely recommend the EDTC program to others because it has single handedly secured me a place in corporate America’s training and education world. While I am a driven, competitive person, those traits alone would fall short of success without a solid, leading edge education to support it. I earned my M.Ed. in Educational Technology from UT Brownsville and the only other colleague with the same degree earned hers from George Washington University. In my opinion, we are far better prepared to design instruction, particularly web based instruction, over those with instructional design/systems degrees alone."