My Journey to Instructional Design

May 14, 2010 tinkisamy

As I begin my third course through Walden University, I am starting to feel the pressure and workload that I thought I was done with when I completed my Masters in 2005. I didn’t want to go back to school and knew that I wanted to work with curriculum and with reading. That is why I went through the Curriculum and Instruction program with the intent to also get my Reading Specialist certification. I didn’t think that after I was done that I would need to go back to school to broaden my skills and my experience. I have found that even with a Master’s degree I can’t pursue the direction I want to go in. I would love to be a reading teacher and just work on reading with learners. With budget cuts and position cuts, that didn’t happen. Then my babies came I my desires changed. I longed to be home with them while they were little. So I looked into teaching online. I decided that finding a professor position in curriculum and instruction is as easy as telling my two-year old only one time to not climb on his toys. I was disillusioned and now pursuing more education. I hope that instructional design with a focus on online learning will lead me in the right direction. As I looked into instructional design positions again this week for an assignment I realized again something that I blocked out months ago. Most of the positions, I qualify for, or will once I complete this program. The kicker is… they require so many years in instructional design. How can I get an instructional design position that require experience if I can’t get the position to gain experience? Does that make sense??

So here I am…


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  • 1. Liz  |  May 15, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    Hey, Amy! Here’s what I keep thinking: It may be that our first use of our ID skills may be in our schools. That may be where we get some practice and gain some experience. I think your educational experience will be an asset.

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