Todd Wallenius ('17), alumnus of the College of Education’s master’s degree in Education, Curriculum and Instruction shares his experience about the program.
How has obtaining this degree and/or credential positively affected your employment experiences and life overall?
Obtaining the master's degree has substantially boosted my confidence and credibility as an educator.
Where are you currently working and what is your title/position? Please also include a brief description of your job, if necessary. Please also let us know if you have earned, or are in the process of earning, an additional degree or credential since you finished this program. If so, what is it, when earned (or will be earned), and from where?
I am currently a teacher of English Literature and Theory of Knowledge in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme at Ullens School in Kathmandu, Nepal. I am also an Academic Counselor at Ullens School, working with graduating seniors to apply to universities abroad. Since I finished the C&I program, I completed the Intensive Nepali Language program at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY and spent a month as an international scholar at Aarhus University, Danish School of Education in Copenhagen, Denmark.
What advice do you have for a prospective student to your program?
Get to know your professors! They are a wealth of knowledge and can guide you into new opportunities for personal and professional growth.
What was your favorite/most memorable part of being a graduate student at CSULB?
Conducting research in Nepal for my master's thesis was the most memorable part of being a graduate student. I could never have predicted that this experience would change and shape my life so dramatically.
Planning to apply to the Curriculum and Instruction master's program?
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