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Career Change into Education - Help in Starting Over

Career Change into Education - Help in Starting Over

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I'm in the process of transitioning from the business world to the education world. I am thinking of going back to school for a graduate education degree with a science centered background.

I am finding this very overwhelming and uninformative. For wannabee educators, it's important to choose a university that teaches its students about education for the modern day child utilizing methods that work.

But how do we know which universities have these processes in mind?

Any input would be greatly appreciated :)

Many thanks,

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Lisa Dabbs's picture
Lisa Dabbs
Edu Consultant. Blogger & Social Media Marketing at Edutopia

Hi Nadine,

Great to find you posting in our community!
That's a pretty big step you're taking, so getting the best info is key. It's very important to talk with newer teachers that are in your part of the country. Then get some suggestions from them as to their experiences with their grad programs.

Many Universities offer complete on-line support with their programs and one that I would suggest is MAT-USC http://rossieronline.usc.edu/academics/master-of-arts-in-teaching-with-t... Their teaching methodologies are completely focused on 21st century teaching and learning. You may want to give them a call just to get some info to guide your research.

Let me know if this helps!

Clara Galan's picture
Clara Galan
Former Social Media Marketing Assistant for Edutopia

Hi Nadine!
I'm not sure which state you live in, but in California you can enroll in a teacher credential program with the option to also complete an M.A. in Education. The California State University system is great for teachers, credential programs are one full year. There are also options at many other universities to complete a credential program over more than one year and work at the same time. The one difficulty I found with my teacher education program was that I wanted more experience in the classroom! My best advice is get as much classroom experience as possible and learn from veteran teachers. Volunteer at your local elementary or high school - or maybe you can find a position teaching middle school or high school science labs while you finish your education degree/credential. USC and Stanford have fantastic schools of Ed - if you're not in the area check out online programs. Good luck! :) Teaching is an exciting journey.

Nadine Sebai's picture

Hi Lisa,

Many thanks for your feedback! Changing careers is definitely a difficult task but it's great to get advice from people inside the field.

I looked into MAT-USC and their online programs -- it looks great! I wonder if the education received online is the same as in the classroom. It's very important for me to not only get the formal education but also to take part in hands-on experience so that I can be a influential force in educating children.

Thank you again for your help!


Nadine Sebai's picture

Hi Clara,

Thanks for your email! I'm happy to know that both people in the thread think USC is a great place for education degrees. What is it about USC and Stanford that make them different from other schools?

In addition, there is a charter school by my house that focuses on math and science. I will definitely look into volunteering or working as a teacher's assistant.

Thank you and I look forward to your response!

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