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Career Change into Education - Help in Starting Over

Career Change into Education - Help in Starting Over

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Hi,

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,
Nadine

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Shamaela's picture

Hi guys,
I am also in the same boat as you Nadine. Best of luck with your new endeavor.
I did my bachelors in international business and have decided to switch over to education. The only difference is that I want to be in the management side of eduction ....not teaching. I have recently joined a masters program majoring in Education. Would really appreciate support/guidance for newcomer into this field.

Thanks

Shamaela

Susan's picture
Susan
HR at AllAssignmentHelp.com

Hats off for taking such a big step for your future. I would suggest you take online course as mentioned by Lisa, you wont have to leave your business and can also attain degree.

Becky Fisher's picture
Becky Fisher
Education Consultant

Hi Shamaela,

I'm so glad that you're using your business background to better the field of education! It's great to have business-minded people who don't just "help out" with education, but actually get degrees and truly want to be immersed in it. There's a great program called Education Pioneers that has a fellowship, which could help you transition into full-time education work. There is an analyst fellowship, if that interests you. The fellowship places you in a job at a school, ed company, or program in a leadership-oriented role. Check it out: http://www.educationpioneers.org/

Also, there are many events to get to know the field. I'm not sure where you're located, but you can find education meet-ups, conferences, and summits in most cities around the country. Here you can meet people, learn more about the education field in your area, and see how you can best use your business background to help.

Best of luck,
Becky

Shamaela's picture

Becky, thank you for taking the time to respond. This is a wonderful forum... since I get to meet people like you that other wise I would not even know how to find. :)
I will definitely look at education pioneers! (for sure)
Well.. I have a mixed bag when it comes to my personal education, started off in NYC, then Dubai and now based out of Islamabad.
From my vantage point, I think I appreciate the global perspective on international education more than others.
However, It seemed to me like education was a 'closed-group' since I do not have research papers and have not studied child learning theories for years on end etc. etc.
(Fortunately, Edutopia has helped put that to rest)...
I want to breathe some fresh air and opportunity into online education - in my own limited way I guess. Here in PK there are many ladies that have masters + sitting at home, wasting away. While on the other hand, there are shortages of teachers in other parts of the world.
I really want to bridge this 'supply and demand' somehow.
I would love to meet other professionals that are brining new ideas and helping create opportunities to the field of education.
p.s. I was really uplifted by your profile - multimedia story-telling would have such a value here, in eastern cultures of oral history (tribal) etc. (hope to learn more from a guru like you) :))

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Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

Shamaela wrote: "Here in PK there are many ladies that have masters + sitting at home, wasting away."

There is so much untapped human potential in the world. I'm not someone who believes that technology is cure-all for all our ills, but I do have hope that digital tools will help us break down some of these boundaries.

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Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator

Hi Nadine-
I can offer one other institution to the mix- Antioch University. Now I'm biased because I work there, but I was a student before I became a faculty member so I can speak to the way that the faculty members walk their talk- it's what drew me half way across the country to be a student here!

I'd look for a program in which faculty members actually teach using the pedagogy they expect you to use. If you want to learn PBL, then you should be doing it via PBL. If you want to learn to use constructivist, place-based, or service- learning methods, you should be learning about them via those structures. Beware of programs that are very instructor or lecture- driven, be they online or face-to-face.

Good luck!

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Staff

"I'd look for a program in which faculty members actually teach using the pedagogy they expect you to use."

I'd say the same about professional development opportunities too.

Shamaela's picture

Becky, thank you for taking the time to respond. This is a wonderful forum... since I get to meet people like you that other wise I would not even know how to find. :)
I will definitely look at education pioneers! (for sure)
Well.. I have a mixed bag when it comes to my personal education, started off in NYC, then Dubai and now based out of Islamabad.
From my vantage point, I think I appreciate the global perspective on international education more than others.
However, It seemed to me like education was a 'closed-group' since I do not have research papers and have not studied child learning theories for years on end etc. etc.
(Fortunately, Edutopia has helped put that to rest)...
I want to breathe some fresh air and opportunity into online education - in my own limited way I guess. Here in PK there are many ladies that have masters + sitting at home, wasting away. While on the other hand, there are shortages of teachers in other parts of the world.
I really want to bridge this 'supply and demand' somehow.
I would love to meet other professionals that are bringing new ideas and helping create opportunities to the field of education.
p.s. I was really uplifted by your profile - multimedia story-telling would have such a value here, in eastern cultures of oral history (tribal) etc. (hope to learn more from a guru like you) :))

Shamaela's picture

Clara, thank you for your advice (...to Nadine). I am presently pursuing a masters in Education Leadership in Dubai. Afterwards, I have planned for the teacher credential program in the states. Question? which states are the best for teachers? OR should I choose the best program, and THEN, choose the state where to gain experience. Ultimately I would like to get my PhD and then return to the middle-east.... (also I heard there is a shortage of teachers and that this 'journey' can be paid for by public funds in exchange for services to the school system... is this true?)

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal
Facilitator

Great point, Samer! I'm still amazed at how often administrators ask me to do a 45 minute power point presentation on experiential learning and PBL. I

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