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Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« on: November 16, 2022, 07:13:30 pm »
Apologies if this is in the wrong section. Anyways, I think a lot of us would like to learn more and upgrade our credentials. Problem is that it can be expensive, so much so that people don't think it would ever break even. Here are some programs. I've looked into some of them.

The Canadian dollar is weak now so some of these might be a good choice:

Athabasca University
https://www.athabascau.ca/calendar/graduate/fhss/graduate-certificate-in-technology-based-learning.html#fees

https://www.athabascau.ca/programs/summary/master-of-education-in-open-digital-distance-education.html

Vancouver Island University

https://www.viu.ca/programs/education/online-learning-and-teaching-graduate-diploma

https://www.viu.ca/programs/education/master-education-special-education#

University of New Brunswick

https://www.unb.ca/cel/credit/specialized-programs/certificate-adult-ed.html

Thompson Rivers University

https://www.tru.ca/distance/programs/education/graduate-certificate-online-teaching.html
https://www.tru.ca/distance/programs/education/master-of-education.html

Royal Roads University

https://www.royalroads.ca/programs/graduate-certificate-business-development-international-education

And here are some cheap ones at Derby:

https://www.derby.ac.uk/online/course-search/?query=Education&collection=uod-meta&f.result+type%7Ctype=courses&f.study+option%7CstudyOption=Online

If there are any more programs people want to recommend, or share their experiencen with, have at it. We're all friends here. I've got a plan in mind myself, but I'm open to any number of other pathways. 
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #1 on: November 16, 2022, 07:27:46 pm »
Awesome post Billy! I hope people explore further options. Upgrading to improve your life, family's life, and earning power, is essential in all career paths. My time is all but over, but I'll just say, doing a P.G.dip in teaching all those years ago gave me many decades of choices and opportunities. Others should do it, if teaching whatever you choose, is the way you want to go.


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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #2 on: November 27, 2022, 07:10:34 pm »
Cumbria University online PGCE (no QTS)

https://www.cumbria.ac.uk/pgce-online/
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #3 on: November 28, 2022, 07:48:56 am »
Oh, this is useful! I've been hesitating a bit on doing my master's, but maybe doing a single term certificate might help me pull the trigger. Thanks for posting!


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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #4 on: November 28, 2022, 08:03:50 am »
Yeah, you can carry it on and get a master's. I think I might do that.
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2022, 10:17:57 am »
Seems like every country except Canada has online teaching degrees?  UK and US for sure.  Canada I seem to find nothing.  Has anyone done a Canadian online teaching degree just out of curiosity?
I can see.  I can see.  I can see....


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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2022, 10:28:38 am »
Athabasca University does, but it wouldn't get you a teaching license anywhere in Canada.
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #7 on: November 28, 2022, 07:03:28 pm »
This is from a Wechat group I'm in. Cheap and dirty way to get a provisional Massachusetts teaching license:

So I will share with you a way to get US license in Massachusetts.
-it's a provisional License
-no need for a teacher prep program
- cost about 500 USD and 2 or 3 months to get
- don't need to be American to get it
- it lasts forever unless you start teaching in MA.
- note that it cannot be transferred to other States as it's provisional and cannot be used for qts reciprocity.
- however once you have it you can upgrade it at anytime to full License by doing a teacher prep program like Moreland.
- advantage is that there are fewer tests you need as they use MTELs instead of praxis
-if you upgrade to full License, it then can be used to apply for reciprocity for qts (tho you will need to research this as I haven't yet, but other folks have done this with other states)
- full License can be transferred to other States too.
Here are the details

Christiana.erekosim a@mass.gov email all of your information, ask for ELAR  Account temporary ID


You can apply for the License and they will just use an invalid social security number to get you lined up in the system so you can register for the tests.

https://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/academic-prek12/teacher/foreign-degree-and-credit-equivalency.html

Email that person and ask for them to set up a temporary account with ELAR (this is the system used to register for Mtel exams) your college degree is needs to be legalized with an agent on their site and appears to say bachelor's degree on it.

That info is in here. You need to have your degree translated and notarized by one of these agencies https://www.doe.mass.edu/licensure/academic-prek12/teacher/foreign-degree-and-credit-equivalency.html
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #8 on: December 01, 2022, 11:02:12 pm »
Master's of Education from University of the People:

https://www.uopeople.edu/programs/online-masters/education/
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Re: Cheap Ways to Upgrade Credentials
« Reply #9 on: December 02, 2022, 09:09:16 am »
DO NOT do UoPeople!

Still has a dodgy reputation among tier 2 schools at best.