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Online Education Program Gave Alumna Career Advancement, Validation

Mary Holtschneider earned her Master of Education in Training and Development from NC State’s College of Education (CED) in 2016.

As a full-time employee with the Durham Veterans Affairs Health Care System, Holtschneider needed a master’s degree program that offered flexibility so she could continue to fulfill her work obligations. She’s currently the Simulation Education Coordinator and Co-Director of the Interprofessional Advanced Fellowship in Clinical Simulation.

Holtschneider is also an active member of the company’s Association for Talent Development for the Research Triangle Area (ATD RTA) chapter.

Mary Holtschneider

Holtschneider knew other association members who were alumni of or were currently enrolled in CED’s online Master of Education in Training and Development program. She began investigating the program in more detail in 2013 and enrolled in the certificate program.

“After my first semester, I decided to apply for the full master’s degree,” Holtschneider said. “It [the program] allowed me to continue working in my current job, which was essential for me,” she added.

Holtschneider added that the program really expanded her horizons with her volunteer work with the ATD RTA chapter.

“Each course and instructor offered unique perspectives that flowed throughout the curriculum,” Holtschneider said. She added that the faculty were extremely supportive of her when she had a health scare in 2013 requiring her to be in the hospital for some time in 2014.

It’s been more than a year since Holtschneider earned her master’s degree through NC State Online and Distance Education. She said it has validated her experience and has provided her with professional accomplishment in her career.

Interested in the online Master of Education in Training and Development? The application deadline for the Fall semester is July 15 and the deadline for Summer is April 15.

Students with additional questions about the Master of Education in Training and Development online program can contact Michelle Bartlett at