Master's Program Suggestions

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Master's Program Suggestions

Postby disneygirl » Mon Apr 04, 2016 8:19 pm

Hi Teachers -
We are looking at moving to Alaska in a year or two. I currently live in China and most of my teaching has been overseas. I am finishing my certificates in the state of Florida but it is through an alternant route to teaching program called Teacher Ready. I have concerns about it transferring to Alaska for my liscening and I want additional training.
I have been looking online at a lot of different master's programs. I need to do it online since we will still be in China at least another year. But I am wondering if anyone has some suggestions or recommendations?
Looking at Elem Ed or Reading Specialist or Gifted.
Thanks for any info anyone has!
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Re: Master's Program Suggestions

Postby Transplant2AK » Tue Apr 05, 2016 2:57 am

Check in with the University of Alaska in Fairbanks. They've got a lot of distance opportunities.
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Re: Master's Program Suggestions

Postby marymatt718 » Tue Apr 05, 2016 12:24 pm

Hey disneygirl,
My alternative program from Texas was acceptable to Alaska, however, there are states that require a university-based program...Montana, for example.
I am in a Master's program at Western Governor's University, which I LOVE because the tuition is so reasonable. When I thought I wanted to go to Montana. I was told I would have to "upgrade" my certification to a university-based one. I was frustrated by this, but the woman very kindly explained (really, she was very nice and patient) that university-based programs have certain guidelines that they have to follow or they lose their accreditation...this is NOT the case with alternative programs, and there just isn't that much oversight for them.
I eventually want to retire to Montana (well, it's Montana, isn't it? plus it's closer to my family in Texas without being TOO close, if you know what I mean) so I will be working on that university-based accreditation at WGU as soon as I finish my current program in teaching Earth Science.
So, in a nutshell, your alternative program should be fine for Alaska, but If you ever want to go elsewhere, you might need to upgrade. I can personally recommend WGU for you at this point...good school and no out-of-state tuition. EVER.
Good luck!
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