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Teachers With Online Degrees: Ready For Real-World Classrooms?

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But as TechCrunch comments:

Unfortunately, there’s no good way to compare the quality of offline to online degrees. Schools and unions are still in a heated debate over how to measure the quality of existing teachers, largely because we still don’t know how to measure learning. “Children are educated and learn over a period of time, but we have this notion that children are to make a year’s growth for every year they’re in school,” said Paul Heckman, UC Davis’ Associate Dean of Education. “This is —a problem, because children do not develop in nine-month chunks except during gestation.”

The convenience of online education is hard to downplay. My students are often glad to take some courses online, especially for core curriculum requirements; one less class to worry about being late for. As a teacher, I don’t think that online courses can ever be a real substitute for traditional classes where I have face-to-face interaction with students. But I do know that, thanks to email and social media tools, it is certainly possible to communicate and interact with students about coursework and it’s hard to argue about the flexibility that online courses offer.

But are teachers trained online ready for the real world of the classroom?

 

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7:48AM PDT on Oct 9, 2012

they def need hands on experience!

8:11PM PDT on Aug 22, 2012

Probably not.

3:33PM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Online classes or traditional college----both serve the individuals who participate in the programs. When the educator is in front of the students -- that is where the rubber hits the road. Nothing like hands on experience! Power and blessings to those who choose to be in education.

11:33AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thanks

10:25AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Peggy, it is nice to see someone who is a paraprofessional going for a teaching degree. I think that is one of the best ways for a prospective teacher to know if education is the right career choice. In fact, it may be a better route than the traditional way of going from high school to college with an education major. I'm sure you have learned a great deal before ever starting the rigorous coursework. At least the courses will make more sense to you, with your background. Best of luck!

8:41AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

I am currently taking online classes at UoP for my teaching degree and let me tell you, this is every bit as hard as attending a "traditional" college. I am a paraprofessional right now, and I have talked over my classes with my teachers and they are surprised at how hard some of the classes are. Not to mention I have to take the Praxis THREE times. Once to even get in my core teaching classes, once in the middle, and then once again at the end of all my classes. I have not found a single other school that requires that. I watched a friend do her student teaching from UoP at the school where I work and the teachers all commented on how hard they felt the requirements were compared to what they did. We have to take every traditional semester course in a five week period and we get no breaks in between classes. They are back to back from the start to the finish. This is no easy school folks, especially for those of us who have been out of school for an extended period of time, working, raising our kids, etc.

With rising tuition costs, college forcing kids to stay in dorms for up two two years, gas prices, rent prices, even food prices, I think this is going to be happening with more and more degrees. We all tell our kids you won't get anywhere without a college education, and traditional colleges are making that seem more and more like the impossible dream. My daughter will graduate with so much debt it is just scary. I wanted something better for myself now th

2:29AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Thank you.

1:54AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

Interesting article.

12:01AM PDT on Aug 12, 2012

thanks for the post

4:45PM PDT on Aug 11, 2012

Thanks for the visual, Gloria. Made me laugh, but it's true!

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