It’s never too late to earn a degree. That’s graduate student Jill Brumbaugh’s mantra.
Brumbaugh, a Huntington, Ind., native, is currently enrolled in the Master of Education program at Huntington University, pursuing her degree in elementary curriculum and instruction.
“The program is great,” she said. “I love the hybrid class format. It’s the right combination of online and classroom studies. I like the face-to-face relationship/atmosphere of coming on campus, but I love the fact that we don't have to come every week.”
Brumbaugh, who is in her 11th year of teaching, teaches third grade at Andrews Elementary in Andrews, Ind. She likes to stay on top of current events in the world of education and is piloting a program with her students using iPads.
“I have been pushed to become better with technology as I am expected to complete online assignments and participate in discussion forums,” she said about the M.Ed. program. “When I first found out about this, I was intimidated a bit, but with the guidance of my professors, I navigate through online assignments and discussion forums with ease.”
Brumbaugh first enrolled at Huntington a few years ago when she needed to take two classes toward her license renewal. At the time, she did not want to pursue her master’s degree, but that changed last year.
“It was always in the back of my mind to (finish my degree), just for the satisfaction of actually being able to do it. So I finally made the decision last summer to finish my master’s,” she said. “I like learning new things too, and at HU, I have always learned a lot.”
Huntington has been the perfect fit for Brumbaugh as she navigates her life as both a teacher and a student.
“(The HU M.Ed. program is) the perfect combination of online work and on-campus work. A total online class is not for me. I need personal interaction and feedback, but a total on-campus style is not for me either because I am too busy and tired from putting in a full school day,” she said. “The hybrid style is perfect for hard-working teachers. I have found every class to be very worthwhile.”