Student upgrades her technical college certificate to a master’s degree

Student upgrades her technical college certificate to a master’s degree

Mitzi Philpott earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and began her career right out of college as a loan officer. After a few years of experience and becoming a mother of two, Mitzi decided to lead by example and pursue her passion for teaching.

Not knowing exactly where to start, Mitzi reached out to the Dean of the Business Technology Department at Mitzi Philpott profile pix2Renton Technical College (RTC) to learn about the steps necessary to become a college instructor. After their conversation, Mitzi followed the dean’s advice and enrolled at Seattle Pacific University. “I took several vocational teacher training classes to learn how to develop curriculum and manage a classroom,” Mitzi said. “I called the dean again two years later to schedule an informational interview and during that meeting was offered a job to teach Microsoft Excel.”

Mitzi knew that she made the right decision to join RTC after learning that they have many programs for professional development – something that they encourage their faculty to take full advantage of. One of their more popular programs is the Certificate in eLearning Design & Development.

“I have always been interested in continuing my education and I wanted to go into a program that I would be able to apply in my classroom as a Business Technology Instructor.” After taking the necessary courses, Mitzi received her certificate and was eager to explore what opportunities she could pursue next.

Earning a Master’s Degree

Now, with her Certificate in eLearning Design and Development and 20 years’ experience of being a college instructor, Mitzi decided to earn her Master of Education in Adult Education at CityU. “Its partnership with RTC was the driving factor for me to attend CityU.” Mitzi said. The partnership provides RTC graduates of the eLearning Design and Development Program the opportunity to finish their master’s quickly.

By transferring courses directly from RTC, students can finish the master’s degree in a shorter amount of time and at a discounted rate. “The course transfer between RTC and CityU was great because I was able to save time and money while finishing my master’s,” Mitzi said. “The other significant reason I chose CityU was because the program is fully online. I needed the flexibility to teach during the day and do schoolwork from home on my computer.”

When asked what she would tell someone who is interested in CityU’s Master of Arts in Adult Education program, Mitzi said, “I highly recommend this program because all of the courses that I took were meaningful and relevant. I was able apply what I learned in the program into my own classes; improving them for our adult learners.”

Learn more

If you are interested in the M.Ed. in Adult Education program, we invite you to email us or request more information.

If you are interested in learning more about the Renton Technical College and City University of Seattle partnership, please visit RTC’s website or please contact Dr. Pressley Rankin for the M.Ed. in Adult Education program and  Dr. Joel Domingo for the Ed.D. in Leadership Program

Published September 19, 2018



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