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Masters Degree-Affordable/30 (?) 45 (?) hours
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Can anyone share information about a master's degree that can be completed in 30(?) 45(?) credits and is affordable?

I would greatly appreciate any information!



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I'm currently enrolled getting my masters in Teaching English as a Second Language. It's 30 hours and since it's a high need area I got a grant that is paying for half the tuition. It is $3685 a semester which each semester is 6 months long. But I only took out student loans for half that amount each time. You work at your pace and if you finish the courses listed for the semester your mentor can add another course if there is time for you to finish before the end of the semester.

I was able to add a class at no extra cost my first semester and this semester I will most likely have time to add an addition 2 classes. I will be finished in less than 18 months at this rate.
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Love WGU, I got my BA there.
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Thank you so much for responding!

How's the coursework? Is it doable while teaching? What does the "end" look like? Portfolio? Anything?

Thanks again for responding!!
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We had some teachers do American College of Education which is a super cheap option. They were all working while completing it so it seems doable. Any online program is going to be a ton of reading and writing so I think it depends on how efficient you are with those types of tasks.

I looked into WGU back when I got my MA and my district didn't accept it for movement on the salary scale, at least at that time. IDK if this is for you or someone else but make sure to get approval first. Some people in my district didn't realize approval was required and didn't get credit for their classes under our previous HR person (new one is supposed to be better).


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Oooh, thank you, Haley!! I didn't even think of that! Wow! Yet another reason I love you on PT.

(Also-read your post about going to the cat cafe...did you go?) That is on my "bucket list", ha.

It is for me...

After Fagan got booted, they finally reinstated the step and ladder so now there is an incentive to get my masters. So, I'm mulling it over in my head...

Thanks for the additional name of an option.

Also for the reading/writing info. I kind of figured it would be that way! I am a perfectionist with writing, so I won't like that aspect...but I will just have to let that go and focus on the bigger picture!
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I'm not sure if every district has an approval process but definitely worth checking!

I haven't been to the cat cafe yet this summer. I did go once a few years ago when they first opened. I'm on a district committee so I'm still working some this week; I'll think about it after that.
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I'll check and yes...I think I heard that, too! So, thanks for the reminder!

Glad you are staying busy with committees! It's been a hard summer for me so far, but hoping it will improve!!
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I found it manageable especially since it's been almost 30 years since I've done any kind of course work. Most classes have you writing papers anywhere from 2 - 4 a class. You basically turn one in every two weeks. You can read their reading for find your own but that takes time. A few of my classes are actual test but no other task just the test. There looks to be a larger paper towards the end plus a portfolio due.
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