2007 Ecampus Graduates

Theresa Culbertson-Teaching in Today's World

Ed.M. Adult Education

Theresa CulbertsonTo say that 2007 Master's in Adult Education graduate Theresa Culbertson has a lot to juggle would be quite an understatement. As a wife, a mother of four, part-time teacher at Portland Community College with another part-time job, a traditional master's degree program was ruled out as an option.

But to refresh her teaching techniques, Theresa looked into the OSU Extended Campus program held at the Wilsonville Training Center in Wilsonville, Ore. on the first or second weekend of each month. She was able to find an ideal degree program through this program which allowed face-to-face interaction combined with online elements.

"Online learning is wonderful for the busy lifestyle," Theresa says. "I did not want to be away from my family two nights a week and every Saturday. I was needed to transport kids to and from activities, have time with my children and husband, help with homework and provide a stable living situation at home. Online learning allowed me to access the learning when it was convenient."

With the degree she earned with her three-year cohort, Theresa plans to use her new skills to revamp her methods of teaching. "Spending this time studying, debating, discussing and applying the latest educational methods has made me a better teacher," Theresa says. "I was able to reflect on my learning philosophy, discover ways to implement new ideology and be energized in the process."

Through her successful experience earning her degree through Ecampus, Theresa has been inspired to build on the popularity of distance learning and take a class in designing online learning courses.

Theresa was one of the master's degree recipients to participate in graduation on June 17 in Corvallis. At the ceremony, she said, "It was nice to be on campus to see the buildings and feel a part of the community."

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