Masters program

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  1. JaimeMarie

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    I can't decide what program to go with!!!!!

    I have narrowed it down between two
    Literacy and Professional Educator. The second I can specialize in math.
     
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    I too am going to be starting my masters program in January. I am getting a Masters in Education with a focus on early literacy and admin. For me, I want a broad masters. One that might help get me a job in other areas of education besides teaching. I would pick the Professional Educator.
     
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    I think it depends on what you want to do for the rest of your career. Do you want to remain a teacher? At the same level? Administration? Other? Each program would be better for different reasons.
     
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    I've got an MA in Education w/ Special Ed emphasis & not that I regret it, but if I could redo it, I would have gone into speech pathology. In fact, I really want to go back to school & get a 2nd Master's in speech pathology & the credential for that.
     
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    As I'm going down the Master's path right now, I can tell you that there is a REALLY big push for teachers to have a strong literacy background, especially in the Northeast of the country (I'm not sure about the rest of the country). If you feel like you are in a competitive market, you would probably be more marketable with a degree in Literacy. Here in NY, people are hired to be classroom teachers ALL THE TIME with degrees in Literacy, so it doesn't necessarily mean you will be pigeon holed into being a Reading Specialist.

    good luck! :)
     
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    Actually I looked into that. I would have to get a second BA degree than a masters. It would take me six years of school full time.
     
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    I am still leaning towards the Professional Educator. Because I want to be able to teach middle school math. I do see your point. I am in the Northeast (Maine).
     
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    Jamie, what type of MA is a Professional Educator degree?
     
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    i cant decide either ..and they keep pushing us to choose!! I havent even gotten my BA yet(next school year!!:) :) )

    heres what I have been thinking of ...

    Masters in Administration
    Speech and Language Pathology
    Autisim
    Reading
    Counseling

    ..oh boy my BA was easy ..I have no clue what to pick!!:lol:
     
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    I was thinking along the lines of Counseling as well. I know that I could never do administration!
     
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    ooo! what about art therapy and counseling ....
     
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    Art therapy is REALLY valuable, but in my experience, it's pretty hard to find a job doing that. A lot of school district view art therapy as "alternative treatment" and they won't pay for it or recommend a child get services in art therapy.

    It's a shame, really, because some kids really "get" art and sometimes, art can be the only way to reach them. Same thing with music therapy and dance therapy.
     
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    thats what i figured ..but the masters program I am looking at combines it with counseling so maybe that makes it more valuable to schools .....?:rolleyes: I am finding it so hard to pick one ..ughh!!
     
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    I hear there is a significant demand for certified art teachers in NY -- it probably goes together well. I've also heard that it doesn't take much once you're getting teaching certification anyway, to qualify as an art teacher. I'm just starting to look into that now.

    I know this isn't very helpful... just wanted to say that I'm having the same problem... At least you have a fairly good idea of what you want to do (middle school math.) I'm still waffling... so many of the options look fascinating, and I haven't found my niche yet (though I've found a couple of places it's NOT -- I guess that also helps ;))
     
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    Bored I could never be an art teacher. My drawings look just like I am in kindergarten still haha.

    I love kindergarten. I just want to have the doors wide open so that I have many options. Hey maybe I could even be a math specialist! Is there such a thing?
     
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    For sure there is. Not sure what the master's program would be called, but there are definitely math specialists.

    I could never do that, though. I'm naturally a very logical/mathematical thinker and I have a hard time relating to kids who don't get that stuff. On the outside, I work with them with a lot of patience, but internally, I'm like "grrrrAAAAH! x-y*z/4 = nm^5 and that's IT!" After explaining something 5 different ways, I have a hard time figuring out what they don't get... The funny thing is that despite that I've tutored kids in math with great results. For my own sanity, though, I wouldn't specialize in it. ;)
     
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    I wonder Jamie, if you got a degree in Instruction Specialist, if that would work for a math specialist. I know we had one at my previous school, but she was working on her masters in admin...not sure how she got the math spec. gig. I'm leaning towards counseling myself.
     
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    Well if I get a Masters in Education with the proffessional educator thingy my concentration will be Math so maybe. Who knows. It is a long ways off.
     
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    I'm currently in the process of finding colleges (w/ preferrably distance learning programs) that offer speech pathology OR communicative disorders degrees.

    These days, if you have your Bachelor's in another field other than speech pthology, such as myself, these colleges require a prerequisite list of only about 10 courses to qualify to apply for the Master's speech, language & hearing (SLP) program. That does take about a year, but it's a whole lot better than them making you go back & earn another Bachelor's in the field!

    I just have to find a college to take the 10 prereq courses, then I've already found a university where the Master's program is COMPLETELY online!
     
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    I am going to go back for a second Masters ...... someday, however, right now..... I am very interested in school social work and/or ESL....

    Decisions, Decisions!
     
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    So true! I graduated w/ my MA last summer, but I really want to get my 2nd MA. If I start back now, hopefully I can have it by the time I'm 36 or 37.

    If money was no object & I won the lottery or something, I'd want to go to school & travel. I wouldn't get a second Master's, but a Ph.D. in something really interesting like Anthropology.
     
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    I'd like to do counseling or speech. Here at least though, those are the 2 longest, hardest education programs. I'm not sure I can justify spending that long in school, when another degree would take so much less time and money. I don't want to actually BE a counselor, I just enjoy learning about it ;)

    But I told my bf that when he gets a good job and we have more money than we know what to do with, then I'm going to just go to school...I could be Dr. Danny's Nanny ;) hahaha

    And I hope it's true what I've heard that graduate classes are better than undergrad, because I hate almost all of my classes now. They teach us nothing, and it's a huge waste of my time and money to be sitting there listening to someone "teach" me who read the material themselves that morning and still doesn't even understand it! At least at the upper levels you get real professors instead of graduate assisstants...
     
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    Ms I, doesn't SLP stand for speech and language pathology? I never heard it called speech, language, and hearing, though of course hearing is a major part of language and speech development.

    That's my problem, though with me it's in just about everything! Mainly psychology and medicine. I thought I finally found something I actually want to do (special ed for learning disabilities, or general ed) but now I'm not so sure...

    I'm sorry you're disappointed with your undergrad courses. That's so frustrating. Though I don't feel that mine prepare me well enough for the field, I find my teachers to be very knowledgeable and experienced. I had only one teacher who taught out of a book, but even she had tons of experience in that field -- so basically the class consisted of a lot of really eye-opening anecdotes and discussions that went way off topic but were in fact quite relevant IRL, then near the end she would just give us the actual information that we needed out of the book. So it was still interesting and educational.

    Now that I'm in special ed, though, I feel a little like the last couple of years were a waste of time, money, and effort because I feel so incapable! But much of what I learned will probably be useful sometime, it's just that my class is truly difficult and I lack experience; I need some time to get into my element and figure out how to apply some of the more useful things I've learned.

    (BTW, I'm in Touro College, which although it's probably not the best education program around, has a bunch of great teachers. The professors also take a sincere interest in the students, which is wonderful.)
     

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