Master's Program that is NOT writing-intensive?

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  1. Acamp

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    Good evening all,
    Maybe it is wishful thinking on my part, but does anyone know of a regionally-accredited master's program that the majority of the program is studying and taking tests versus writing? I understand that at the master's level it involves writing but are there ANY master's programs out there that involve the study/test method?

    Thanks all!
     
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  3. JimG

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    Try WGU.
     
  4. Acamp

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    Good morning,
    I looked into WGU in-depth but they said that there is a lot of writing involved. I believe the rep told me either 80/20 or 70/30 breakdown of writing/exams.
     
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    What are you trying to get your masters in? Education? Your subject area (math, science, ect)?
    I got my masters in Instructional Technology and my Specialist in Curriculum and Instruction. Both were very writing heavy because the classes involved me doing these in my classroom and analyzing their outcomes. I bet all education related programs are going to be this way. Maybe a math or science focused program wouldn't be as bad?
     
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    Hello,
    I am sorry I should have clarified that. I am trying to get any master's in preferably in education but it doesn't have to be education. I teach middle school mathematics so I probably wouldn't have the proficient knowledge for one of the math master's.
     
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    I think online classes tend to have more writing. My classes are online and I have a lot of writing (which I DON'T like!), but I'll get through it.
     
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    Honestly, the Masters classes I took online that were mostly tests were much more difficult than the classes where there were lots of papers to write. I
     
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    I hate to break it to you, but most Masters program are very writing intensive. For my Masters program (which is in Math), I had to write everything out with explanations for each step in my proofs or calculations and accompany those with detailed diagrams. I also had to write lengthy essays in addition to taking many tests. There was no way I could have passed my assignments without writing them up.
     
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    Masters levels classes are going to be writing-intensive. That's just the way it is.
     
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    Why are you writing aversive?
     
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    Grad school involves higher levels of research which means..........much more writing.
     
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    Right? You can't just skim the chapter of the text book 15 minutes before class and bust out a test. That was undergrad. I liked graduate school for that reason... well... when I got to do my own research and explore my own interests. Sometimes the readings were absolute garbage! But overall, it was great! :)
     
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    I don't know of any program, master's or otherwise, that would just use the study/test method without any writing ..
     
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    I would actually steer clear of a testing method vs. writing at the graduate level, if you could find it. At the graduate level, you are wanting to incorporate and assimilate varied courses and learning. Writing papers actually helps you do more with the knowledge you are paying for, despite the sometimes inconvenient timing of some coursework and papers. What you write should indicate growth mindset and the ability to utilize new knowledge in varied settings. Additionally, whether you like it or not, learning how to write well is one of the best perks of graduate courses. Once you conquer the format, you are more inclined to recognize and encourage good, logical, well constructed writing for yourself and your students.
     
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    I love writing. When I was a student (many years ago), I struggled with the tests and quizzes, even though I studied and took good notes. I still passed the courses, although it was not super high. The more writing-intensive courses were easy and I did extremely well in them!
    Writing is extremely fun!
     
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    Education isn’t a field with black-and-white/ right-and-wrong knowledge. It’s a reflective field. There are many “right” ways to teach, and researching and reflecting are key components to improving as an educator. There is no way that studying a textbook and taking a test could prepare you for being an educator.

    I think you’re going to be out of luck, especially if you are looking for a high-quality program.
     
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    Unless you're being quizzed on "Which theorist or educational guru said __________?" That was a lot of my general teaching classes.
     
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    True, but that alone won’t prepare you for being a teacher. You’d also need to have written assignments require research, analysis, and reflection.
     
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