If you’ve decided to pursue a career as a teacher, you’ve likely discovered that the academic road ahead of you is quite a long one. Most educators in today’s job market have a much better chance of finding employment after they’ve attained their master’s in education – a bachelor’s degree just won’t do. In fact, many states require teachers to each a master’s degree within a certain time frame after accepting a job.
To make the college experience manageable, schools across the country are increasing their online degree program availability to help those who are juggling part-time jobs and internships with schools or family commitments.
On the rise
According to a 2010 report released by the Babson Survey Research Group, almost 30 percent of college students take at least one course online. In total, about 6 million students are enrolled in these types of classes.
When you find online courses relevant to your degree program, you’ll be joining millions of other students who can more easily manage their schedules and sign into their classes when it fits into their busy agendas.
Relieve financial stress
Enrolling in an online master’s program can also be less of a burden on your wallet.
“Not having to commute, not having to manage getting to class, the prices of parking permits – I think that’s a draw for some of the students,” Catherine Duncan, a graduate assistant at the University of North Carolina Charlotte’s University Center for Academic Excellence, told The Charlotte Observer.
The school’s main campus charges traditional learners about $2,720 for 12 credit hours, including various fees that these students must pay. In contrast, online courses would cost a total of $1,500, the news source reports. Instead of saying goodbye to this significant chunk of change, aspiring teachers can set it aside as savings for their future classroom supplies and supplements to their curricula.
Mix it up
Some students prefer to enroll in both online and traditional courses, creating a personalized hybrid program. While they still experience the real-life, face-to-face experience in the classroom, they also can get to know the virtual classroom, which allows them to stay on top of the latest trends in the education realm.
“A hybrid class can be various formats,” Duncan told the news source. “There are requirements that need to be fulfilled online outside of class, such as homework, tests, even virtual classes, but complemented with in-person, face-to-face classroom time.”
Pick up tips
There’s no better way to use your college experience than to improve how you teach your own students, no matter what their age may be. You may have had one professor who inspired you each day with his fervent lectures, engaging discussions and innovative methods that took the lessons outside the classroom and onto blogs and into the real world.
You can borrow his styles and even ask your students which methods they think are most effective. To show your professor how much he inspired you, you can share with him that you paid it forward in your own career path and hope to inspire more students to do the same.