Hello, Quick, quick background first. I have a B.S. in Political Science and History, love the subject. I also have a Master's in History. But I'm stuck in retail and every career path I've researched always ends in a dead-end. So I settled on teaching. Trouble is, I'm in Michigan. I already have a lot of student loan debt, and Michigan has some really strict program requirements. Alternative certification in my area (2 universities) seems to last almost three years and can run 12-15,000 dollars. Michigan, apparently, has one of the worst job markets for teachers. So I found Western Governor's University. It's attractive because it's quick and much cheaper. But would an online program like that hurt me in the job hunt? With things being so tight, I don't want to put myself at a disadvantage, but I also don't think I can justify twice the cost and length of time for a career that may be a dead-end as well. One more question: What can a history/social studies/government buff do to make himself more marketable? I read all the doom and gloom on forums, but I have the unique perspective of researching a wide variety of careers and I read the same doom and gloom there. In teaching, jobs can be hard to get or unsatisfying, but you can get work, right? I mean, in my field (history, non-teaching) there aren't even any job openings to compete for really.