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October 26th, 2011, 07:03 AM
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Hi ladies! My name is Claire, and I am a sahm to four little ones. Two years ago I graduated with a degree in Early Childhood Education, and I am certified to teach pre-k through third grade. I plan on returning to work when my children are a bit older.

I would like to start taking graduate classes next year, but I am so confused. We just moved to a new area so I'm not really familiar with the schools or what they offer. There are several options, so I'm doing some research.

I guess my big questions are:

How many credit hours did you need for your MA? And how many semesters did it take you to complete the degree?

I was hoping to just go one night a week, or maybe two.

Also...did you need a practicum (student teaching) placement? I didn't think I would since I'm already certified, but one of the colleges lists one. I'd like to get my degree in Special Education, so maybe that is a seperate placement than just the general one I did for my BA. In any case it would be really hard for me to do that. Either I need to stay home with my children and go to school at night, or I need to work full-time and pay for daycare. I don't think I could afford daycare while I did a practicum and didn't get paid.

Any advice you could give would be great! I know these are pretty general questions, but I am just getting started with my plan.
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October 28th, 2011, 03:43 AM
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I completed my Masters while working full time as a teacher. I did it in five semesters (including the summer), so I finished in two year's time. During the school year, I went to class once a week for two two hour sessions (from 4-6 and then 6-8). During the summer semester, I went everyday from 8 to 4 for four weeks.

Since I was already teaching, I used my own classroom and students to complete my coursework. I am not sure what other Masters programs require in terms of classroom application. I guess that would depend on the type of Masters for which you are going.

Good luck!

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October 28th, 2011, 09:43 PM
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Thanks for your response! From looking into it a little more it does seem like I would either have to do a practicum or be teaching, so I may have to wait a few more years. I really can't afford to put the kids in daycare unless I am bringing home a paycheck. At least I have the BA....now if the job market would just improve a little I'd be a happy camper.
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