I'm in a teacher cert. program. I have my BA in Criminology and decided to change my career. I'm working full time in my field and taking classes part time for cert in ECE. Here is the source of my discouragement: The cert program I am in is at the graduate level but its only 4 classes and then student teaching. I feel like I'm learning useful information but I just feel like a lot is being left out. Their philosophy is based on a very student oriented classroom, which I agree with but they seem too soft. They encourage learning through exploration, they have said things like you're not their to fill their "empty" heads with your information. I'm just confused, the classes I'm taking now are conceptual frameworks for teaching and learning (ed psych, but the teacher is awful, we don't go over any of our assigned readings, there is absolutely no lecture at all, we do meaningless group work, I don't feel like I'm learning much at all, and this is the consensus of a lot of the people I have talked to in my class. The other class is early literacy. I love this teacher, she is a 4th grade teacher an she is very knowledgeable. She introduces topics then models them for us and has us get into groups to practice them (ie: comprehension strategies, picture walking, retelling, story maps etc) This class is at 7:30p.m.-10p.m. (then 1hr drive home) after I work all day, I'm just not at my intellectual best, I'm exhausted. I just don't have an opportunity to see this come together in a classroom the only practicum is at the end when we do student teaching, there are a few observations we have to do but we haven't even talked about them yet. This post is sooo long, I'm sorry but I just feel frustrated b/c I'm in class with nothing to connect this info to, what can I do to make what I'm learning in class more meaningful to me, should I try to get a job as an aide? (and make half of what I make now , I can't do that) I'm ready to just quit , maybe this isn't for me, maybe this is something you have to do if you can concentrate all of your time on it.