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Graduate Education for Teachers Demystified


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Now that you have made the decision to teach, you may be wondering about the next steps in your professional career. While others can’t make career path decisions for you, but this guide can help to demystify the choices along the way.

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Graduate Education for Teachers Demystified

  1. 1. Graduate Education Programs Demystified
  2. 2. Education is great, but it’s not free and it is time consuming.So, let’s start with a specific purpose in mind. I recommendthat you start with a self and environmental analysis.
  3. 3. Self AnalysisEducation is great, butit’s not free and it istime consuming.So, let’s start with aspecific purpose inmind.Let’s start with a selfand environmentalanalysis. Is now the besttime for me to considergraduate school?
  4. 4. Questions to Consider • Are you burned out after 4 years of college? • Are you considering getting married: if so, you will also want to consider your spouse’s career. • Are you unsure of your career goals? • Are you over-burdened with undergraduate student loans?If your response is” yes” to these questions, it may be best to take some time tocontinue teaching and reflect before making this commitment of time and money.
  5. 5. On the other hand… • Are you pretty certain that teaching is your calling, and are you… • Ready to advance both professionally and financially in your teaching career?If your response is yes to these questions, now may be thebest time to get started with your graduate education plans.
  6. 6. Discover Your PassionsAt this point, we are still working on the self analysis.What do you enjoy? Do you enjoy working with students forwhom English is their second language? How about children withmild to moderate or severe disabilities, or gifted and talentedchildren? Maybe you really enjoy working in the educationalfield, but believe that you have gifts and talents in leadership ortechnology.Now is the time to look within and be honest about what youenjoy and see as your gifts and talents. But you’re not finished – itdoesn’t help to love teaching basket weaving if there are nobasket weaving positions available.
  7. 7. Discover Your PassionsChoose a course of study that matches what you enjoy. • English as a second language • Mild to severe disabilities • Gifted or talented children • Leadership • Technology • Autism • Environmental Education • Literacy • Reading
  8. 8. Environmental AnalysisHere are some steps you can take to investigate what theeconomic environment is like in your area: • Examine your county’s school district salary matrix. • Go to the district’s website and examine the help wanted ads. • Talk to your building principal and ask about the trends in your school and district.
  9. 9. Environmental Analysis • Search for national educational hiring trends. • Look at corporate job openings using search sites such as Monster or Career Builder. • Talk to college graduate education advisors or deans – they are generally well-informed in this type of data. • You can also talk to other professionals in the area of studies you’re considering – you will learn a wealth of information from these folks.
  10. 10. 2 PathsSo, now you’ve performed both your self andenvironmental analyses, let’s look at someexamples of your opportunities. At GeorgetownCollege, we offer 2 paths – a degree programpath and a non-degree program path. Take afew seconds to look at these 2 paths, and thenwe’ll start by exploring the Degree ProgramPath.
  11. 11. 2 Paths Degree Non-degreePrograms ProgramsInitial Masters Endorsements SecondMasters with Cognates Rank I 60 Hour MSD Program Certification
  12. 12. 1. Initial CertificationDegree a. LBD P12 b. MA-AC P12 2. Master of Arts in Teacher Leader a. With endorsement Initial i. ESL Masters ii. IT iii. Gifted & Talented (GT) iv. Environmental Ed. 2nd Masters v. P12 Reading with Rank I vi. P12 Literary Specialist b. With Cognate (No FA) i. ESL 60 Hour ii. Autism Program iii. Reaching All Students c. With MSD Certification
  13. 13. Degree 1. With Endorsement a. ESL b. IT Initial c. GT Masters d. Environmental Ed. e. P12 Reading f. Literacy Specialist 2nd Masters 2. With Cognate with Rank I a. ESL b. Autism 60 Hour c. Reaching All Students 3. With MSD Certification Program
  14. 14. Degree 1. Phase I Initial a. Masters of Arts in Masters Education b. LBD P12 Certification 2. Phase 2 2nd Masters a. P12 MSD Certification with Rank I 3. Rank I completed through coursework in core content 60 Hour Program
  15. 15. 2 PathsNow, let’s explore the non-degree programspath, starting with Endorsements.
  16. 16. 2 Paths Degree Non-degreePrograms ProgramsInitial Masters Endorsements SecondMasters with Cognates Rank I 60 Hour MSD Program Certification
  17. 17. 1. ESL Non-2. IT degree3. GT4. Environmental Ed. Endorsement5. P12 Reading6. Teacher Leader Cognate MSD Certification
  18. 18. Non- degree Endorsement1. ESL2. Autism3. Reaching All Students Cognate MSD Certification
  19. 19. Non-degreeEndorsement Cognate MSDCertification
  20. 20. Thank you for taking the time to review this brief GraduateEducation Program presentation. At Georgetown College, weunderstand that choosing a Graduate Education Program isboth important and confusing. We can help you demystify thedecision making process. We want you to be happy andsuccessful – our reputation depends on this!Our contact information is below. Please give us a call oremail with your questions and concerns – a graduateeducation advising counselor is ready to help you achieveyour professional goals. (502) 863-8380