Yet another master's question...

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  1. waterfall

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    How do you handle practicums? At the school I was looking at every single class requires a practicum, and there are 11 classes to take to complete the program. I had originally assumed I could just do the activities with my own students, and e-mailed asking if it was okay that I taught in sped or if a gen ed room was required. She e-mailed me back saying that you weren't allowed to use your own students, and you had to make arrangements during the year to take time off or do it in the summer. Is this typical? I'll be new next year so I only have 12 days, and as a brand new teacher to the school I shouldn't be taking off a ton anyway. If I only take classes in the summer, it would take me forever to finish! Are there any reputable online programs that don't require practicums?
     
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    I would probably recommend finding a different program.
     
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    What are you trying to get your master's in? I am attending Lamar Univeristy in Texas. It is all online and an accredited university.
     
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    My master's did not require any practicums. Could you possibly do them during your prep time in another class at your school?
     
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    I'm also wondering in what area you'll be earning your master's degree. My master's degree did require a lot of practicums, but that is because it was designed as an initial teacher certification program for people that were not already teachers. I wouldn't have expected to have so many had it been a program for teachers that were currently teaching and wanting to earn an advanced degree at the same time. I just started working on my ed. specialist's degree, and I do not have to do practicums for any of my coursework now.... at least not that I am aware of. I second the recommendation to find another program.
     
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    I'm looking at either Reading or Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Education. I was originally really interested in the CLD program, but it looks like I would have to get a masters in curriculum and instruction with a CLD focus. Reading seems like it would be more valuable than curriculum and instruction, and then I could go back and just do the endorsement for the CLD license if I decide I want it.


    I really would prefer to actually attend classes but I just don't think it's going to work out. Even schools here in Denver seem to have much of their grad programs in online classes. I took an online PD class last year and I had a really hard time focusing on it since I was at home. I was looking into this program because they offer accelerated 5-8 week classes so I could be finished in about a year whereas other programs seem to take 2-4 years. It was also pretty cost effective and is a reputable school in the area.
     
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    Yikes, they're really making it complicated for you!

    When I was working on my MA in Special Ed, I was a sub. I had to do a total of one year in practicums since I earned 2 credentials. So I couldn't substitute during that time, except here & there if the (cooperating teacher) CT was going to be out. They assigned me the school locations to do the practicums. I had some say regarding how far I was able to travel & grade level, which they tried their best to honor.

    For my MS in Communication Disorders & Sci, which I'm doing now at a different university completely online, I actually have a paying job while in grad school this time & my university MAKES us find our own facilities to do the practicums at.
     
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    I actually worked part time during my practicums - I found a position that gave me Fridays off, so this was when I completed the hours. There were a few teachers who did their practicum over the summer during summer school programs, and I looked into doing that as well - for the TESOL endorsement we found our own placements, for foreign language I was placed by my professor.

    I have friends who are nurses, and it is very interesting to see how well their employers AND graduate school programs work with them, place them, give them the time off that they need, etc. - in education, it seems we are really on our own!
     
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    They have the program I want and it's faster and cheaper than the schools around here. I just wonder about it being in a different state, especially since TX seems to be going in a different direction as far as education goes. I'm wondering if my department of ed would accept it for certification here. Has anyone done an online program from a different state?
     
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    I haven't myself, but I worked with a woman who did at my previous school. She worked really hard to get her master's in reading from a school in a neighboring state, got hired for a reading specialist position under the assumption that her certificate was pending, and then, over the summer, last-minute, she heard from the state that the online coursework she completed wouldn't transfer to meet cert. requirements in our state. She spent the next two years working as the reading specialist's aide. :(

    I'm not saying this would happen to you, too, but I would definitely check it out with your state before enrolling and starting classes.
     
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    Oh, and I should add that it was only two years that she worked as the aide because she had to go back to school all over again to get the coursework that would actually meet the state's requirements. She finally met them and was able to work in the specialist position for the first year this past year. :)
     
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    Bella, that is scary! According to our department of ed website, they will accept completed programs from regionally accredited universities. I checked and Lamar's accreditation was on the list of organizations they accept. I e-mailed the HR person I've been in contact with for my new position and asked if there was anything I needed to do to make sure the program was district approved. I know it's really popular these days, but the whole online thing still makes me nervous!
     
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    My program did not require a practicum. I've got a subject area masters. My friends in counseling and media specialist did have them. They did them during our vacations and summer.
     
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    My Master's required a year-long principal internship. I was able to do it while teaching-I would do things before and after school, while my kids were at specials classes, and my principal also offered to get me a sub for a few days so I could shadow him.
     

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