I just read the post for on-line degrees and I started thinking about the five-year degees. I don't know how common they are but our local university has offered a five-year degree in education that includes the Master's Degree. The kids never really get a BA or BS. The classes they take in the first four years are a lot like what I took for my undergrad. However they spend a lot more time in the public school. The fifth year is student teaching for one semester and classes and "relieving teachers for meetings and testing etc" for the other semester. I can't remember what you call it. The regular teacher is still in the building but the student teacher is in charge of the classroom while the reg. teacher is at a meeting, training, staff dev., testing kids or something else. It is supposed to give the student teacher more time alone with the class. Then they graduate with a Master's in Education but they have very little independent teaching experience.