Online Master's Degree?

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  1. EngTeacher15

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    I just completed my first full year of teaching, and I am interested in completing my Master's in the near (next 3 or so years) future. There has been a lot of talk about online degrees, and there are even some ads for online degrees on this website.

    My question is...are they credible? I know it would probably be easiest/cost effective, but I'm still skeptical. Does anyone have any experience with online degrees or know someone who does?
     
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  3. cmorris

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    Make sure the university is accredited, your state will accept it, and it should be fine. In my undergraduate, I took some online classes and regular classes. The online classes were, by far, harder and more expensive. The plus side is that you don't have to go to a physical class, and have more flexibility. I'm enrolled in an online master's program now, and it is not a cake walk.
     
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    I did my masters mainly online through Wilke University. I am not sure what state you are from but it is in Pennsylvania. I received my degree in Classroom Technology which was a great thing to have when I moved and looked for a new job. Schools really were interested in having someone with a technology background. I have been thinking lately about getting my principal cert too and I have found Drexel University and Edinboro University. They are both all online. Try searching on the internet. There are so many online programs now but make sure they are credible too. Some may not be. Good luck!
     
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    I got my Master's Degree from Walden University. Walden is one of the only online universities that New York will accept in terms of applying for permanent certification. There may be more now - last I heard was about a year ago I think. My degree is in Integrating Technology. I loved the program, but do advise that you must be very self-motivated!
     
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    I'm getting my degree from a traditional university that just happens to offer online classes... They don't want to officially say they offer an online degree, as a matter of fact, they really down play that side of it. They say they offer online sections to their MED programs. Unless I say something, no one will ever know which of my courses were taken (or even if all were taken) online.

    Maybe your local universities do the same?

    And just fyi, my online courses cost more than traditional ones... $300 a class more!
     
  7. gumbita

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    So many schools (well known ones too!) are now offering online formats. Like the above posts said, just make sure the school is accredited (which it should be if you are getting your degree there now). For whatever reason there is a stigma for online degrees as being sort of "fly-by-night" programs, but that is changing. The main point is that for most programs, there will not be any indication on a transcript or diploma the way you took your classes (in residence or online). Most online programs at well known universities and colleges are equivalent to their residence programs - you have the same coursework and the same requirements for your degree. Since you would be getting the degree from a traditional university, credibility should not matter at all. One thing to check into though (especially if it is a new program) is the kind of support you will receive as an online student - make sure they have people available (and easy!) to contact should you have questions or technical difficulties. Otherwise, it is such a GREAT way to get that masters!!! :)
     
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    I earned my Bachelors through the traditional in-the-classroom format but I earned my teaching certificate and started my masters (just two classes to go) degree through an online program. Not only that-but the University I enrolled in is the #1 granter of education degrees in the state it is in. No where on my transcript does it indicate that my classes were online.

    I also feel that I learned more through online learning because I had to work much harder. Answering weekly online threads (as opposed to in the classroom where you can sometimes bluff the reading) required me to do the reading and digest it. On the flip side I enjyed htat I could "go to class" when it was convenient - late at night in my pajamas, while my daughter was at school etc...

    Good luck!
     
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    I am doing this also. One of the guidelines I set for myself was that the online program HAD to be through one of our state universities. I was accepted to other programs, but chose FSU because I know it will be respected. The degree is no different from one earned in a traditional classroom.
     
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    I am finishing my Master's online through Boise State in Education with an Educational Technology emphasis. It is a great program that can be fitted to any teaching subject. Professors are great, accessible and flexible. You can go as quick (18 month) or as long as you want (however you want to spread the 33 credits out). Cost is reasonable as well, $1044/ class. edtech.boisestate.edu
     

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