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Learn From Your Education Peers

Deciding to pursue an advanced degree in educational leadership is the first step in the process of career advancement.

Chances are that you are currently working as a teacher or in some related career in the educational field. What this means is that going "back to school" in the traditional sense isn't really an option, unless you're fortunate enough to have enough money to support yourself while you take time away from work.

Most adult students who want to pursue a master's degree not only have to continue working, but they are likely to have family and community obligations as well. This is why so many are choosing to earn that degree in an online program. The flexibility of "attending" classes online, 24x7, and taking as many or as few courses as you can manage is a huge attraction.

The online discussion environment gives students the opportunity to connect with others from all around the country, including other teachers who are at various stages of pursuing their master of education degree. Some are new teachers and others have multiple years of teaching experience under their belts. This fosters conversation and enhances the learning experience. Some instructors also encourage or assign group work, which allows students to collaborate with classmates and benefit from their experiences and insights as well as their instructor's.

What Your Peers Have to Say

Ty Jones earned his M. Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) a few years ago, and he is a fan of the online discussion groups. Jones said that preparation is one of the keys to success. It is also important to identify an accountable partner -- one who checks on your progress during set intervals.

"I would definitely say, 'Plan accordingly and set up a schedule to ensure you're getting the information and participating in the Blackboard communications,'" he said. "I was able to gain a lot of insight from reading other people's comments."

In a U.S. News & World Report article on what to expect from an online graduate program in education, Jessica Levene, who earned both an education master's degree and a doctorate online, said, "I feel like I did more group work online, and I probably enjoyed it more online than if I were to do it in a face-to-face classroom."

The UTA Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies Online Program

Collaboratively developed by the University of Texas at Arlington and area school districts, this non-thesis principal certification program is fully aligned with the Educational Leadership Constituent Council (ELCC) standards and designed for classroom teachers who want to advance in K-12 education.

Courses include:

  • Curriculum Design, Implementation & Evaluation.
  • Educational Research and Evaluation.
  • Leadership in the Instructional Setting.
  • Leadership Theory.
  • Diversity in Educational Settings.
  • Political and Legal Aspects of Education.
  • The Principalship.
  • Resource Management in Education.
  • Internships in both Administration and Educational Leadership and Policy Studies.

Learn more about UTA's online M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies program.


Sources:

U.S. News & World Report: What to Expect Out of an Online Graduate Program in Education

UTA: Ty Jones Never Stops Learning, Educating

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