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I'm starting my path to getting my Master's but the online program I am interested in is expensive I've looked for alternatives, but this is really the only program that is doing what I am looking for. I have tried looking for grants and other scholarships but there are very few for Early Childhood. Anyone have any suggestions?

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WGU where Iím going to go.. $3,300 for 6 months take as many dits as you can. 100%online.
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What type of program are you looking for? I would also consider your purpose for getting the MA. Is it for the salary bump or are you hoping that it will get you into a different job (i.e. admin, some sort of specialist)?

I did mine for the salary bump- on our salary scale, it's a HUGE difference between BA and MA, so I kind of had to get it. I originally wanted to do some sort of ESL program, but for whatever reason that proved to be difficult. The programs were often absurdly expensive (which negates the idea of doing it for the pay bump) and one local program wanted me to do a whole bunch of field experience hours, even though I was already a full time teacher!

I ended up doing an online program for Teacher Leadership with an emphasis in SPED so that my district would go for it (in order to get the pay bump, you have to prove it's related to your current assignment). No interest in leadership, but that program was about $10K. It was the smartest financial decision I've ever made. I got it 5 years ago and now make $10K more per year than I would have just sticking with BA, and that will continue to go up every year.

I personally would not spend significantly more just for something you're most interested in, unless you really want a different type of job and that's the only way you can see to do it. Even then, I'd consider the job market and the costs vs. chances you'll end up in the new position. I know a lot of people around here do reading hoping to get out of the classroom for intervention, and those jobs are IMPOSSIBLE to get.
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Haley, I think this is one of those things that depends on where you live. I live, and teach, in NJ. You can't teach anything in a public schools without a field experience even if you are certified to teach something else. Alternate route is a joke here as we have so many traditional route candidates without a job.
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When I did my field experience for my masters it was in the summer. The college ran summer school in the city and the masters candidates were the teachers. We got the field experience, the kids got free summer school, and the only thing the district paid for was the custodians to clean.


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I did an online Masters program, but sorry no advice here. It was pricey, but I took out a student loan, I graduated, and now I owe sooner or later.
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Thank you for all of the replies! I am going for a master's in Special Education Intervention (I would not be certified for resource/self-contained but for RTI/MTSS programs). I have looked around in my state and unless I just wanted to go for a Literacy or Early Childhood Master's, I'm looking to spend a pretty penny. However, it's what I really want to do so and it will pay itself off in 5-6 years (and I have a looong time until retirement).
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I took out loans. Looking back, I should have attended full-time and finished up in half the time. It actually would have saved money if I had gone full-time (not to mention less stress!) due to less fees and other expenses. Other people pay cash but only take 1 class per semester. Personally, that would have dragged too long for me. Plus, my program did not offer summer classes as the professors in that dept had other responsibilities over the summer and they were very picky about transfer credits from other universities.
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