So you chose a different path and did not become a teacher. Now you are considering all of your options and wonder if there is a classroom full of students waiting for you. Well I have some great news…you are not alone!
Since you are reading this right now, it tells me you have some level of Internet savvy to get here. Was it work for you, or does being online seem comfortable or natural? If you have a “virtual” life online, why not seriously consider completing your Master’ degree in Education through a college or university distance education program?
If you have already selected the graduate school to which you plan to apply, congratulations. Now we need to talk about getting you admitted to the graduate school of your choice. One large hurdle you will need to prepare for is the Graduate Records Exam, known as the GRE.
A recent nationwide survey profiles more than half of all graduate students are between the ages of 24-35. More than one-third of all graduate students are also raising children. And a large number of graduate students are doing all of this while holding down a full-time job! Sounds daunting, eh? Well, I know it can be done, because I did it myself.
You have probably already noticed that there a dozens of choices when pursuing a Master’s degree in Education. In fact, there are so many different options, you might find it challenging to decide on the right one for you. Take the time to look carefully before you begin, since graduate level coursework rarely transfers from one institution to another.
First, I have some good news on this front. According to a 2009 survey by U.S. News & World Report, at least forty percent of all graduate students receive some kind of free money. It will take some time and effort on your part to find some financial assistance, but the odds are definitely in your favor! Let’s look at where you can go to get yourself a piece of that financial aid pie.
You cannot join everything, but as a professional educator, you need to be connected. The list below includes links to a lengthy list of professional educational associations. They include nearly every subject matter and educational specialty and they strongly influence educational practice and policy at the state and national level.
You have made the decision to pursue your Master’s degree in Education. This is a huge moment for you as a professional educator. It is a very serious commitment of time, money and resources. However, if you choose your school and program well and successfully complete your degree, it can offer tremendous personal satisfaction, career advancement, and increased lifetime earnings.
Did you learn the song in elementary school to help you musically memorize the states in alphabetical order? It is called “Fifty Nifty United States.” And that is exactly how many different educational requirements and processes there are on the books to become a certified or licensed teacher in the U.S. (Actually 51, because I included Washington DC!)
If you are reading this, you have probably worked hard very hard to earn your Bachelor’s degree and become a teacher. It is also safe to assume that you have invested a very large amount of time and money pursuing this goal. And if you are fortunate enough to have secured a teaching position, you already spend the majority of your time “at school.” Going back to school for an advanced degree is probably not at the top of your “to-do” list, but it is something that you should seriously consider.