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I have been a curriculum specialist for the past 3 years and will be working in a new school as a curriculum support specialist for the next 2 years. Although I have built a resume strong in experience, I feel that my lack of a graduate degree may hold me back. So, I'm ready to take the plunge but struggling to choose a school and degree...

I am trying to decide between a degree in curriculum and instruction from Capella or a degree in instructional leadership from a well known state university. The first degree is exactly what I want and have seen in many job postings but I'm not sure if the school is the best choice.

What matters more to those who are hiring: the degree or the school?

Any advice would be appreciated!


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Our district is really pushing for the second
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The reasoning is that you can also apply for curriculum and instruction jobs with the second choice.

In our district, we qualify for discounts from two places: our local university and our regional education center (I'm in Texas.)

I also wanted to go into curriculum & instruction and have no interest in educational leadership. I already have a Masters and the educational leadership route will cost less and comes with more "perks."

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Thank you for the information and advice! It helps to hear what other districts and states are looking for. 🙂
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I think a degree in instructional leadership from a well-known state university will get your further than C&I from Capella. I also think it would be more highly looked upon and likely much cheaper as well. Instructional leadership is very highly in demand, ime, whereas curriculum and instruction feels very "yesterday." I'm basing this on my own anecdotal experience and what I hear from others in education, however, so ymmv.

Additionally, since you have a ton of experience as a curriculum specialist, this will round you out a bit more as well.
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Old 06-26-2017, 07:26 PM
 
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In my district, the degree matters more than where you got it from.


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