I am a licensed middle school teacher. I have accumulated substantial credit hours for a Master degree. I was one class from receiving my degree (scholarly paper). Unfortunately, because of personal reasons I was unable to complete the paper and thus receive my degree. I have since completed my research paper but I am now told that many of my earned credits have expired and are thus useless. I am not eligible to graduate. I was forced to complete an addition 18 hours in a planned program in order to retain certification. I am looking for an accredited graduate program that will transfer my earned graduate credits from 1993 to the present. I keep running into 6 or 7 year time limits. I expect to complete a few classes to appease the new school but I really can not afford to pay for more education. I have yet to pay off the students loans from both my undergraduate and graduate courses. I look at it like this. I have done the work but was one class short. I have completed the work for the class I received an Incomplete. I am willing to pay a few thousands JUST to get a school to accept my credits and send me the degree. The work has been completed. So...what is the big deal will these hours expiring? Master and Doctorate degrees never seem to expire and holders from 1956 are still considered scholars. I don't understand the difference because I am working in my field of expertise. I painstakingly was able to receive my professional teaching certificate which was about to expire. I am now ready to make my district pay me for all these ridiculous courses I was forced to take. I believe they will accept any Masters degree so long as it is from an accepted "accredited" school. Personally, I don't care what school, what program, or what degree any more. I just want to recoup my investment. I will take a degree from Degrees-R-Us so long as it is accredited. Actually, I am feeling so low right now. I will even take it from a non-accredited or state-approved institution even IF I can never use it in the real world. I can at least frame it and know that in my mind. I earned the degree even if others do not recognize it is worthy. Thank you, Sorry for the rant. My name is Quemoni and I am a new member.