I've done a lot of searching online, and I'm having trouble finding positions to apply for. I'm currently enrolled in a Masters program at Ashford, in Teaching and Learning w/Technology, so DL and online teaching is the field I want to go into, and I've know that since I decided to finish my BA in English that way a couple of years ago, and experienced online classes for myself. Everything I've read about Ashford's online teaching assistant position led me to believe it meant pretty much fulfilling their requirements (having a BA in English or Journalism) and then after filling out the application packet, "passing" their interview/training process to get contracted for classes. I was eager to apply once I finished my BA, as I felt this would be ideal for getting my foot in the door for distance education. Perhaps this was naive of me, but the application packet was also quite simple to complete, and the e-mail I received from the person at Bridgepoint responsible for submitting the packet to the hiring committee basically said she wanted all of my info by a certain time, because their next "interview" three week process was beginning March 19th, and they wouldn't have another for quite some time. It sounded very much like the hiring committee was a formality, so long as I met the requirements, and the true "test" for this job was going to be this three week training/interview process. From what I've managed t find online from others who have gone through it, this was my overall impression. Today I received an e-mail from Bridgepoint thanking me for my application, but stating they've decided to "pursue other candidates". Maybe I shouldn't be, but I am totally shocked. I sent a very polite e-mail back, asking how I could improve my qualifications for future applications, as this is the field I want to pursue, and any insights into how to be a better candidate would be appreciated. I got back a single sentence, stating that no feedback was available, but they "do not have a need for my background/experience at this time". My understanding was that this was an entry level position. I have my BA (required). I'm in the process of getting my Masters through their school, in the field that would most suit this job. I don't understand how I fail to qualify, and I guess I was pinning a lot of hopes on this, and just assumed I would at least make it to the "interview", because I'm feeling pretty crushed right now. I'm also floundering about where to go next. I don't qualify for a full time faculty position (no Masters yet), and I can't seem to find any other adjunct TA positions to apply for, even though other schools must have them. Any insights or advice?