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Old 03-16-2016, 08:08 AM
 
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Hello there. I hope there is someone (or a few educators) that can help me with my decision. I am a licensed elementary teacher. I received my certification in 2012 but never worked full time as a lead teacher. I always subbed long term or stepped into an instructional assistant role pulling students for remedial reading. I found that working with struggling readers is my passion.

I am considering Walden University to continue my education. I know to become a Reading/Lit Specialist I must have a Masters. Walden University (online) offers a MS in Ed with a focus in Reading and Lit. There are two programs: one that is accelerated (12 months $9200) and the other that non-accelerated (20 months $16,000). Since I want to finish as quickly as possible, am self-motivated, and have the time to meet the stringent deadlines I am leaning towards the accelerated program.

I have a few concerns and questions for anyone out there that has taken this program (accelerated or non-accelerated):

*What was your experience using Walden online?
*Were the professors accessible whenever you needed them? Did they return your emails in a timely manner (within a day..or two)?
*Were the professors helpful, kind and professional?
*Were there any unexpected costs for the program? Surprise fees?
*If you were on point turning in your assignments and did everything that was expected of you, did you receive your Masters on time? Was it prolonged due to fault of the University?
*Is your Walden University Masters recognized as a valid degree in your state? Currently I live in Oregon but will relocate back to Maryland (I hold a MD Elem Cert). I'm from Maryland so that's where I would teach. I was told by Maryland Dept of Ed that Walden is recognized as an accredited university. However, I wonder how people view an "online" degree.


I ask these questions because I went online to do a review on Walden University but the reviews are fairly old. The common thread of negative comments mentioned in those reviews dealt with some of the questions I asked.

Sorry for the long post. I just want to get all the info I can before I sign on the dotted line. I want to make an educated decision.

Thanks for taking time to read my post and I appreciate all feedback.


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I didn't go through Walden so I can't answer most of your questions. You mentioned being a lit specialist. In my state you have to complete an internship to earn a reading lit specialist license. An online program won't include that piece. Your Masters should be recognized for contract purposes, but it won't get you a specialist position.
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Check with the program to see if you are required to be a full time teacher first. Most of the assignments require you to relate to what is going on in your classroom. At some point you will need an administrators input for some of your assignments. Good luck!
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I did not go through Walden, but I did go through University of Phoenix. I truly loved it. The professors were accessible and the classes were challenging. I liked it so much I got another. My degrees were accepted by my state. But if you are going for a reading specialist you should check the state qualifications for that. Good Luck!!
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