Return to College (While still teaching)

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  1. Teacher234

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    Hello. For the following situation, I would love some thoughts.
    I am currently a teacher (I know....shocker). I have been teaching for 20 years with degrees in English, special education, elem. education, and secondary education.
    I am considering returning to college to acquire a degree in Psychology with a minor in Interior Design and maybe even Graphic Design.
    I would love to have certification in those areas also.
    I would like some guidance and ideas. I have little to no clue for which direction to go in.
    Of course, I will still be a teacher.
    Thoughts, please.....
     
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  3. Been There

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    It's great that you desire to continue with your education! However, with such a costly and time-consuming undertaking while still teaching, you should have a laser focus on your goal. Have you decided what you plan to do with your new degree? If you plan to use it to seek alternative employment, have you researched projected job prospects in that field? Perhaps most importantly, have you considered taking an assessment such as the Myers Briggs Interest Inventory/Personality Test to help determine compatible career areas? If you haven't done so already, it might also be worthwhile checking out college programs and their coursework requirements. Of course, if your motivation for returning to school is just for the sheer joy of learning, your options are wide open!
    I personally don't think strangers here can help you much if you "have little to no clue for which direction to go in".
     
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    If you decide you want to learn something outside of your wheelhouse, my suggestion would be to try one course at a time to see if this is something you can handle.The Psychology courses might be slightly better aligned to this toe-dip than Interior / Graphic Design. I'm currently taking a post-graduate class for my principal's license. Just the one course that has everything to do with my job is extremely taxing to the point I have almost dropped the program twice.
     
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    You didn't mention which degree you're considering. If it's a doctorate, you should be dead set on your goal. When I was in such a program at a top university, some highly-motivated individuals would drive for hours (e.g. 9 hours) while another flew in from Hawaii every two weeks for classes! You can expect tough competition in some graduate programs.
     
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  6. Teacher234

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    I am not looking for an alternative occupation. I will, of course, continue teaching. I really would love to acquire some college education in Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Psychology. As far as actual jobs go, possibly a second occupation or summer job. Considering the time and cost required, I may be should consider a lighter option.
    Once again, thank you so much for helping me! :)
     
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    Thank you for suggesting this option. I could try a course on a college course website. Also, before I become trigger-happy, I should weigh the pros and cons. Thank you for calling my attention to the workload.
     
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    I already have a Master's Degree and many teaching certifications. I believe, for Psychology, a doctorate is required. I really want to explore other options without quitting my dream job (being a teacher.)
     
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    Ok, while reading your replies and think a little more closely at my situation.....I believe the better option would be to take an online course or find some local resources.
    Going back to college.........I would probably be older than the professor.
     
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    The courses I'm taking are online, and that is the one thing that is helping me manage a decent balance. Good idea.
     
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    :)
    I will sign up for online courses. Maybe give updates, but who really needs them?
    Anyways, back to curriculum planning, IEP's, and grading.
     
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    How about one course per semester at a local university in some kind of design. Taken one course at a time, in the evenings, which will usually meet once a week or so, you could find out if this truly tickles your fancy in reality. I kind of think that the design courses could be difficult or less successful than courses taken in person in a classroom, but maybe I am wrong. I would have no problem taking more teaching classes online, because I have a firm base to build on. Ask me to take grad courses in something artistic, and I know that online would loose me so fast that my head would spin. Just not enough of the basics, right down to the vocab of the subject, for me to pick it up without being able to sit in a class.
     
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    I understand what you are saying. Taking an art course online is logistically impossible....and I agree. I would like to expand my horizon. Colleges offer evening courses...I will look into this.
     
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    Yeah, "Show me your rending of various 3-D shapes in monochromatic shades using pastel chalk" doesn't really have the same feeling as an attachment in Blackboard.:rolleyes:

    I started off as an Art major, both in high school and college.:D But I never did anything with it. Created a photo lab in my parent's basement, but never went further than that. Side note here...NEVER tell your P you do artwork. They will nominate you for every major design project, create banners, help XYZ committee design blah-blah-blah, you name it. Unless of course, there's some smarty pants guy who can do great graphics on the computer.

    That being said...I am afraid art will soon go the way of music. So much is copied, transferred, auto tuned. Yeesh! I digress. My point is there is a great trend in digitally designed art. Is this something you are interested in or willing to pursue?? I wonder sometimes if basic design will soon fall by the wayside. Whenever I ask a teacher about their bulletin boards, they immediately mention GOOGLE. Google is an adjective, verb and noun. The be all to end all. "I googled it, and thought I would add..." Sigh, no imagination, no creativity.

    Psych is a much stronger candidate for online college, and much easier to transition into education. You can ponder and debate with fellow classmates, (a lot of what we do here! ;)), quote a paragraph or two from the text, add your experience, and how you would implement new info into your work and that's at least 3 assignments completed.

    I could see you moving into a counselor or social worker position. There's just not enough of those in our schools. Most of them travel among every school in the district. You could even open your doors to an occasional teacher, as we could use a kind ear every now and then! :p
     
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    Thank you for replying and giving additional insight on my other options. I am still going to be a teacher, regardless of the other career paths I decide to purse. For example, a teacher (with a lot of papers that say I am an expert teacher) with a paper that says I know psychology things.
     
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    Graphic Design is the most interesting point as for me. It'll give you opportunity be on one wave with young student. Psychology is so important in real life, you could help people but not only teach students. I think you should follow the call of the heart and choose something you like much better than another.
    You have such great experience can you give me some advice?
    I'm mobile app developer and teacher of programming. Are there any more? What do you think about learning how to promote software product. should I teach my students for
    google play store hacks (https://app-reviews.org/google-play-store-hacks/) or how make good software review some tips in advertisement on additional lessons? I'm interested in this but what reaction will be in my students?
     
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    If you could go back to college, I would be very happy, because there were my best student years, I loved my college and the subjects I studied there. One of my favorite assignments was writing different papers. At the end of college I started helping students and writing papers to order, you can pay for papers at this website, I hope this will help in your further education.
     
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  18. TeacherNY

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    I was considering the same thing (just not in those subject areas). I think I will look into online classes offered by the community college and also state university. IF I like it I would definitely consider an alternate career. If after a few classes I figured out it wasn't for me then at least I learned some new information.
     
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    When really going in a totally different direction, undergrad courses are excellent, as opposed to grad courses. I doubt, however, that I would find undergrad as "fun" the second time around, but who knows?
     
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    For psychology, you'll need a higher level degree. Are you looking to be a school psychologist, a licensed specific type of counselor, or a research psychologist?
     
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    True, but playing around with design courses, especially if not sure of the commitment level, are best started as an undergrad level.
     
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