I'm back! And....Doctoral programs in Education/English/Reading

Discussion in 'General Distance Learning Discussions' started by armywife, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. armywife

    armywife New Member

    It's been a looong time since I was on this board and the layout looks different to me from the way it did back in 2005. I guess it's been about 3 years since I last visited. I did end up finishing my Masters in Elementary Ed from UOP in 2005. My work background has mostly been specializing in reading education. This year I'll be teaching 7th/8th grade English.

    I am interested in working my way into teaching part time in community college or any college that will take me. I live in San Antonio so there are lots of community college branches plus several other colleges all around here. I will need the Doctorate for that, so the search is on. I'm hoping I could market myself with the ability to teach more than just education related classes. At the community college locally they need people who can teach English, reading, early childhood, etc.

    I'm wondering if anyone knows of a degree that sounds like it would help me accomplish this goal. Something that would allow me to be eligible to teach more than simply education classes. I say this because, quite frankly, they seem to advertise more often for the other classes than education classes.

    Any advice greatly appreciated!!! This board was an invaluable resource to me last time!!!

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  2. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    Check out the doctoral programs at Northcentral University. They have specializations in their PhD and EdD programs that will diversify your credentials in order to teach in other subjects.
  3. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    If you have your summers available, Indiana University Pennsylvania www.iup.edu offers a four-summer PhD in English and American Literature.
  4. triciaski

    triciaski New Member

    Are you sure you need a doctorate? A lot of community colleges require only that you have a master's degree in any subject and then 18 graduate credits in the subject matter you want to teach.

    There are a lot of online programs that offer graduate certificate programs in which you can earn 18 credits. One that comes to mind for English is the Professional Writing program at Northern Arizona University. There are also some schools that offer graduate credit for professional development classes. Check out the offerings at Fresno Pacific University.

    Tricia Schodowski
  5. Bruce

    Bruce Moderator Staff Member

    Then why did you desert us for three years? :eek:

    Just kidding....congrats on finishing with UoP!
  6. armywife

    armywife New Member

    oooops!!! You're right!! Sorry!! But I"m so glad you all are right where I left you! This is still the best board for DL info.
  7. armywife

    armywife New Member

    Good point. I think this might be a great option for me. I've thought about going for a second Masters in English, but not sure that's really necessary either. I just want to be marketable to teaching some college classes. I read about someone here online who says they have taken the 18 credits in several different subjects so they can teach many subjects. They manage to work full time doing it online at various schools. Now I lost the username of the person who does that, but it sounded really cool!!

    I have a great job in a small private school teaching middle school English and I have no plans to move out of that, but it would be nice to possibly teach a college class every now and then, perhaps in the summers. There are also some good curriculum coordinator positions in the public school if you have a good level of specialization in your subject which I might be interested in at some point in the future.
  8. Ted Heiks

    Ted Heiks Moderator and Distinguished Senior Member Staff Member

    While it is true that you can meet the minimum qualification to teach college with a master's and 18 hours in the field to be taught, remember that you will likely be competing for positions against candidates who have PhD degrees. :eek:

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