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Old 01-18-2012, 03:26 PM
 
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I'm throwing this out to all my PT friends...My Hubby is encouraging me to return to college and earn a Specialist Degree! Yay! I'm looking into Walden University ( I saw their ad here on PT).
What are your thoughts about an online program vs a college with several locations to drive to and sit in class? I like the idea of an online program and am self motivated enough to do it. I just want to make sure it is still recognized as the same degree when I go to apply for jobs. I'm honestly not crazy about driving to class--I did it for Masters and can do it, but I'm interested to see what you all think about each.
Any pros/cons and advice you can offer on colleges to look and especially online vs. face to face will be appreciated. I'm so excited. Thanks in advance!
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Your state accepts the degree/certification from the on line college. I know some teachers who go to some of the on line colleges and the state does not accept the degree but individaual classes from the university.
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it is a "real" college with degrees accredited by your regional accreditation place. If it is an actual university the degree should (ck this) look just like the degrees the traditional students get. If it is an online university just do some research first. I can see employers thinking twice about a school that only offers online unless they have a good reputation.

Being that I live in the middle of nowhere people here are open to online degrees as that is the only option w/o moving away. Might be a different attitude if there is a t raditional school nearby where you are.
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:40 PM
 
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my daughter is a third grade teacher and got her masters at American College of Education has well as alot of the teachers in our county! And it was very affordable!
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Old 01-18-2012, 03:54 PM
 
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I did my second master's degree completely online from a local university. Is there a university near you that offers online programs? I would have never done it if I had to drive to campus, fight for parking, run to class, and drag myself back home after teaching all day! If you are self motivated, I highly recommend online.


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I am in my third year doing online for another Master's degree. I did not like the idea of driving an hour a week for 4 years to attend on a campus. The program I am in required me to go to campus a total of 6 times in the four year program. I knew all this going into the program. I will be making the 4 hour drive twice this semester for the campus meetings. It has not been that bad, even the drive. I have this semester and my practicum/internship to finish up. I like the online because I can pace what I need to do, when the professors actually follow a syllabus. I do miss some of the interaction, but not enough to justify the drive. It is fun to meet "classmates" on campus in the clinical classes that require meeting times. Just make sure that your school, district, or state recognizes the college in which you are obtaining your degree. Good luck in whatever you decide.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:14 PM
 
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I got my Masters through Walden. It is a real university that is accredited. I did check with my state before I began, they accepted it no problem. (I would check with your state just to be safe). I loved my coursework (did the Reading and Literacy), I thought it was a good pace, not overwhelming work but enough to make you think and learn. I loved not having to be in class one a specific night of the week for several hours. I could do the work on my time. You had certain assignments that were due on specific days of the week, so it kept you on track. Good luck!
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I got mine online from Marygrove, which is in Detroit. It was affordable, super convenient, and worth while! I loved my experience... I don't know much about Walden, but it was one of the pricier one when I was looking for a program. I completed my Master's program in either 18 or 20 months from Marygrove. I'd highly recommend them!
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Got mine at Walden
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I finished 8/10. It is a "real" school, and worked in my state. Good quality, a butt-load of work. Mine Masters is in Elementary reading and math.

Good luck with your decision.
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Old 01-18-2012, 04:58 PM
 
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People in the certification office in your district could tell you which online university programs are accepted by your state. For at least the last five years, everybody I know who's earned Masters degrees has done it online. All the major universities in my state send me emails at least once a week offering these programs.


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Old 01-18-2012, 05:50 PM
 
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I am doing mine with Walden also. It is a lot of work but it is worth it. At Walden you take one course every 8 weeks and it takes about 18 months to finish.
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Old 01-18-2012, 07:08 PM
 
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A lot of my co-workers have doen their master's online. As long as the college is regionally accredited you should be fine. I am a para going through Grand Canyon University for my Bachelor's of Elementary with an emphasis in English. If I had to go to classes, it would never happen, but this way takes a lot of committment.
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