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    Pelican is offline Registered User
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    Which degree will be more impressive for teaching jobs?

    I want to get a job teaching History /Social Studies. I already have a teaching license, but need something on my resume to improve my chances in an interview. I found two very affordable routes:
    • BA in History from TESU
    • BA in Liberal Arts from NAU

    TESU will mostly be by taking exams and transferring in existing credit. NAU is via the personalized learning program, where some steps can be tested out.
    • The costs will be about the same.
    • The time to complete might be similar.
    • NAU is only 200 miles away.

    Which of the two will be more impressive to prospective employers?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pelican View Post
    I want to get a job teaching History /Social Studies. I already have a teaching license, but need something on my resume to improve my chances in an interview. I found two very affordable routes:
    • BA in History from TESU
    • BA in Liberal Arts from NAU

    TESU will mostly be by taking exams and transferring in existing credit. NAU is via the personalized learning program, where some steps can be tested out.
    • The costs will be about the same.
    • The time to complete might be similar.
    • NAU is only 200 miles away.

    Which of the two will be more impressive to prospective employers?
    In my personal opinion, because of the location/proximity to you, the NAU degree may be more impressive. Other's may disagree.
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    RANSOMSOUL is offline Registered User
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    Your location to the school + the bonus of NAU being a local non-profit school should serve you well. My sister-in-law has her BS & MA from Grand Canyon University (for profit) and she continues to have strong success with a local degree in the Tuscon market.

    Interesting that you share the prices are about the same because when looking at NAU a few years back the cost was more than TESU. However, with a max transfer at NAU and speed + the value of their location, I would put the greater return on investment with NAU then and now.

    It should be mentioned that if you change your BA from history to Liberal Arts at TESU, there is a significant saving when you factor the amount of inexpensive for credit transfer options that are available.

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    Which degree do you already have? I don't see how a liberal arts degree can make you more marketable if you already have a degree. Liberal arts, liberal studies, general studies, etc. don't demonstrate an area of expertise.
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