Thursday, February 25, 2010

Taking Action

I've finally decided to take action and go back to school and obtain my Master's Degree. This decision came about around SuperBowl weekend when I was chatting w/ some friends who were also working on theirs. They were sharing with me a program they were working on online. It was affordable, done in 18 months, and all online. No outside meetings.

Earlier this month, I was contemplating trying for my National Certification, but a Master's Degree seems to make more sense right now, since they can cut budgeting for Nat'l Cert. at any time. I don't want to do all of that work and then not get the big raise. I am going to try and sign up to start taking classes around the end of April. I am really excited. I don't think I'm going the admin route, just a Master's in C & I.

Why am I doing this? I need to be more marketable. I need to prove that I can stretch and grow professionally and not just be a good teacher in the classroom. I think it will give me more opportunities outside of teaching, such as working in a district office, becoming a coaching specialist, or instruction/literacy specialist, a curriculum designer, etc. I want to make more money and not have to coach sports anymore. (Coaching is starting to wear me out and I am getting drained mostly b/c of the lack of funding for equipment and b/c I miss so much after school work time.)

I am looking forward to enrolling and getting started!


Anonymous said...

I believe this is the best time for you to pursue your Masters especially if you can do it online. You will go Great. Love, mom

Megan said...

That sounds like a great program!! Congrats on your big decision and good luck with everything! :)

Briana said...

Sounds like the perfect fit for you! Good luck!

Abby said...

I agree, sounds like a great opportunity. It will go by really fast. Good luck!

Erin said...

Good work. I am doing my master's currently online though Graceland University. It's a really good program. Although, I have a lot on my plate right now, it's very family/teacher friendly. It's also very affordable. Do you have a program you are looking into? If not, I really suggest Graceland! I have students all over the United States in my classes right now. They have a few different online programs...I am getting mine in Special Education. But, they also have some that go along with being board certified if that is something you are interested in.