Hello all! I am planning on returning to college after a twenty-year absence in the Fall. I have what I think is a solid plan, but I'd appreciate if anyone here would mind critiquing my plan to see what I am missing. Background: After having a rather unspectacular academic career in my youth, I am now faced with the prospect of beginning university studies anew at age thirty-eight. I had a rather rough childhood, and ended up dropping out of high school during the last six months of my final year. I obtained a General Education Diploma (GED) rather than a standard high school diploma. I then enrolled in a private University and ended up leaving that school after a year. Fast forward twenty years and I have worked my way into a position as a technical writer at a telecommunications firm. I have reached the point in my career where I need a Bachelor's Degree to further advance and I am considering my options. Another factor is that several people in my life have told me I need to become a teacher. I've always wanted to teach, but thought I had thrown away my chances of doing so. I know that I do not want to continue in the corporate world for more than the next five-to-ten years. Teaching is often a challenging and underpaid profession, but I'll only have a mortgage for another five or so years and after that my financial needs will be more modest. I'm a bit of an autodidact and have read voraciously over the years but not as part of a structured program. I want to embark on a program not just to get the cheapest and quickest degree, but also in a program where I will be challenged. The Plan: My exhaustive search led me to UoL's International Programmes and I was immediately struck at the high quality and rigor of the courses contained within the Prospectus for the English degree. I very much admire that all of your examinations, apart from Creative Writing, are carried out through proctored essays. I would very much like to take on the challenge of your program rather than suffer the lackluster, lowest-common-denominator quality of American universities for which I would qualify. Admittedly, part of this appeal is also due to not having to take as many courses. A BA from UoL consists of 16 individual courses, but each of those seem to be difficult year-long courses. My current plan is to enroll in UoL for a combined BA (English major, Philosophy minor) while at my current job over the next three years. After which, I would plan to enroll in a Masters of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Secondary Education at a state university. I inquired with the local state university that is an hour from my home to see if the UoL BA would qualify for their MAT program and received this response: "I reached out to the program coordinator for the program about your situation. He doesn’t anticipate an issue, but would need to see your completed transcript before he can say for sure." This would be a total investment of five years of my time, three at UoL for the BA in English and two at a public university for the MAT. Thank you for spending the time to read this!