I am currently a position coach for the University of Mount Union football team. Pursuing a Master's Degree in educational leadership has given me an opportunity to continue my education and broaden my resume. I studied criminal justice as an undergraduate degree. Taking classes in education has taught me new perspective on how to reach my athletes. This degree has also opened doors to growth in my field. Getting a masters prior to becoming a graduate assistant at a bigger school looks really good on a resume.
Why Mount Union for graduate school?
I chose Mount Union graduate school for its flexibility with online classes as well as its easy to reach faculty and staff. Even though this course is online entirely, I feel that I have a great relationship with all of my professors and even some of my classmates. The voice threads was my favorite part of the class. I didn't feel like I was being forced to "self-teach" my self like some of my undergraduate online courses. I felt like I could take notes and follow along much like how you would going to class, without the inconvenience of the class schedule.
What makes this program different?
The flexibility with the online courses. I felt that I could still do the day to day tasks required of a college football coach (ie: travel, game prep, recruiting etc) as well as continue my educational goals and earning a masters degree. One of the courses I enjoyed the most was the financing and budget course. I felt like this course was going to prepare me down the road for eventually becoming a head coach of a program. Being forced and taught actual budget strategies was eye opening and helpful for future positions.
Flexibility for Professionals
The convenience would by why I would recommend this program to anyone. The ability to still have a career and still take classes was huge. I didn't feel like the course took away from any of my day to day requirements of being a coach.
I want to move up in the coaching profession. Moving up to a bigger school as a possible graduate assistant, then a position coach, coordinator, then a head coach.
Who was your favorite teacher growing up?
My 4th grade teacher Kristy Averett and 5th grade teacher Shannon Breon. They made the class fun and made sure I was learning. I remember them being able to have fun in the classroom while maintaining that learning environment.