Where to get my masters. Want totally online program

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  1. gabbyraja

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    I need to find an online program for my masters in education. I've found Drexel (too expensive), Western New England College (still looking this one over), and Univ of Phoenix (I like their program, but I'm afraid they carry a negative steroetype as "not a real school").

    Are there any others out there? I know some of those here are currently getting their masters online... Is my fear of Univ of Phoenix valid (will no school look at me if I get my degree there)?

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    Jessica
     
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    The University of Idaho has a totally online Masters program to obtain a Master's of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Also, if you are interested in Gifted/Talented education, many of the available Masters courses relate to G/T education. I am 2 classes away from obtaining my Masters and have done it ALL online. It's been great. :)
     
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    look into Western Governors University, the entire school is online, I did by BA and it was recognized as valid and rich instruction.
     
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    I should have mentioned that my undergrad degree is not in education (management and it management dual degree) and I do not have any K-12 teaching experience. I think Idaho is only for current teachers (from what I could find on their website) and the programs at Governors looked very specialized...? Maybe not general enough for me, someone with no teaching courses under my belt? For instance, there's one for technology integration, one for curriculum design, several for science teachers (which I do not plan to be), but nothing that just teaches you how to be an instructor?
     
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    Saint Leo University offers online programs. I am getting my master through them.
     
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    I am currently working on my master's degree though Walden University! I love it!! It is completely online and has thus far been an interesting and fun program. I started my fourth (out of 10) course this past Monday and have really like the pace of each course.
     
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    they do have post bacc licensure programs. as well as some masters programs

    http://www.wgu.edu/education/teacher_certification

    these all lead to licensure for first time teacher, i think you were looking in the wrong place.
     
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    I'm planning on getting my masters from U of Phoenix, but I also ran it past my school to make sure it was acceptable.
     
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    Thank you! I don't know how I missed the right program. I think I was totally burnt out from looking at over 20 colleges online that night. I found the MS in education and read up.

    Could you, or anyone else that has attended WGU, please tell me how the heck their program works? Is it like an independent study with tests at the end? They keep saying you don't take classes, so I'm having trouble wrapping my head around how they differe from traditional classes. And nobody's in the office today, at any colleges anywhere, of course.Thank you!
     
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    I am not sure about WGU, however, I am also interested in going back. I want to do it all online and I have heard great things about the University of Phoenix, however, I wanted mine in counseling and I dont find one online for that. In teaching there is always Park University make sure you go to graduate online degrees and its explained. I am thinking of going back for At risk students, I am so confused...but my loan payments are coming in and i cant pay anymore so I rather go back and get some learning done.
     
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    I have ALWAYS heard Univ of Phoenix is not looked at in a positive light. People have said its a BS school. Not sure why.

    I know there are old threads on here that talk about Walden Univ.
     
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    Walden, for some reason, is not accepted by my school and may not be accepted by the state of Ohio. Check with your Board of Education about any program outside of your state borders.
     
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    There are two aspects of WGU programs. The first is objective exams, pretty much study and take test. Then there are performance assessments, writing papers, doing projects, making classroom observations and reflections.

    It is completely independent study, but there are some extra guided course that can help you fulfill the requirements of the assessments. There are course mentors that can help clarify things if you need it.

    You are also given a personal mentor that helps guide and inspire you. You have weekly or bi-weekly chats with them to see how you are doing, if you need anything, etc.

    Any more questions? If you are interested i can find my refer a friend card and it will waive your admission fee. Also get online tomorrow and usually a chat box will pop up. Those people can usually answer all your questions as well.
     
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    Thank you! That was what I thought I was getting from their description. I would LOVE no admission fee, so if you wouldn't mind... I'd like to apply at 2 places and just see what happens.
     
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    Well Walden's degrees don't work in my state, so that sucks. But WGU apparently does, so I'm speaking w/them more tomorrow.
     
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    Yay! WGU sounds very promising, and DOES lead to certification in MI (nobody else really has). And I think they're not so well known that they would have a negative connotation. So, Mrs Ski, if you can get me that refer a friend card I think I'm going to apply. Thank you all so much!
     
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    UofP

    My boyfriend is going to University of Phoenix to become a cop and before he enrolled he called the police department and made sure that they would accept it and see it as valid.

    As long as the school is nationally or regionally accredited you should be fine, i forget which one is more than the other..

    but i also know a family friend who got her masters there, its a good school.

    I am thinking about going to American Public University, never heard of them but did a lot of research they seem good for me!
     
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    I am using Ashford University. They are located in IOWA, and I am in NC. They have several MEd programs as well as an MAT program. I really like it.
     
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    i did mine through marygrove. easy and inexpensive
     
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    Lamar University also offers two master's programs totally online, and they are inexpensive (about $7,000 total). Several teachers in this area have gone through them to get their degrees with mixed reviews, however, the degree is considered legit. They offer 2 degrees: one in educational leadership and one in educational technology.
     
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    If you are currently teaching, Virginia Tech has a wonderful MAED program, and of course it has the full weight of the VT name behind it.

    The program is geared towards Virginia licensure, but since you work out a program of study with your advisor, I can't imagine that they wouldn't work something to fit other states.
     
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    I am not in the program, but have a friend that is involved in a Masters program at Liberty University. Liberty is a fully accredited and is fairly well known here in the south. Their programs are online and one very positive attribute is NO GMAT! See the programs below:

    Master of Arts in Teaching)
    Elementary Education
    Secondary Education
    Special Education
    Master of Education (M.Ed.)
    Administration & Supervision
    Program Specialist - Early Childhood
    Program Specialist - Gifted
    Program Specialist - Math
    Program Specialist - Reading
    School Counseling
    Teaching and Learning - Educational Technology and Online Instruction
    Teaching and Learning - Elementary Education
    Teaching and Learning - General Education
    Teaching and Learning - Middle Grades
    Teaching and Learning - Special Education
     
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    Kent State University has a completely online masters program in Instructional Technology and Eastern Michigan University has a completely online masters program in Educational Psychology.
    I believe George Washington University has a fully accredited online program as well.
     

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