Carol Knight earned her Master of Science degree in Counseling Psychology from Nova Southeastern University and her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Florida. Carol has experience teaching many graduate and undergraduate courses in Psychology.
Carol Knight is a licensed mental health counselor who enjoys coaching those pursuing educational and professional goals. "There is nothing more exciting than working with people who want to make important changes in their lives. Their excitement is contagious."
Carol was once a "non-traditional student" who was a single parent, working full time and going to school on the weekends to earn her Master's in Counseling Psychology. She knows how challenging it can be. She also knows how rewarding it can be to finally earn a degree and work in the profession.
Carol's hobbies are traveling, reading and cooking. Her most recent exciting trips were to South Africa and Bahrain. Her most unusual job was operating a singing telegram company. Carol thinks all experiences help to make us the people we are today. Adding a little adventure to life is a good thing.
How has facilitating online courses at GCU helped you find your purpose?
Those who are in helping professions often forget to take care of themselves. Part of my mission is to serve those who are helping others. By working with students earning degrees in the field of psychology, I have the unique opportunity to encourage them to establish a support system and set personal boundaries as they launch themselves in their careers. Here at GCU, we remember the importance of care for the mind, body and spirit. This is an important mission for anyone but especially for professionals who serve others.
What is one effective teaching strategy you use in your online classes?
When I was in graduate school, I was most inspired by the professors who were also in private practice and shared case studies and practical information about working in the field. I enjoy posting cases that relate to the discussions and asking for feedback. I notice that many students who work in the field share their experiences as well. It is a great way to demonstrate and apply the theories and principles and to prepare for working in the profession.
What is a GCU online student success story you can share?
I am inspired by all GCU students who are finally fulfilling a lifelong dream. They are people who have learned from life's experiences and want to share what they have learned. I love the phrases "I have always wanted to" and "I want to give back." These seem to be common themes for our students. It is wonderful to share part of their journey as they fulfill their own life purpose.