University of the People - M.Ed.

Discussion in 'Education, Teaching and related degrees' started by Asymptote, Jan 6, 2022.

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  1. Asymptote

    Asymptote Active Member

    So - the University of the People M.Ed. program. How’s it going?

    Anyone have any experience with it? Thoughts, comments, hopes, etc.?
     
  2. AsianStew

    AsianStew Active Member

    It's a MEd Advanced Teaching degree - I've seen that degree offering before and briefly looked into it, this was when it first came out. If you're a teacher or want to go into teaching, I think it's a great deal! Especially because it's endorsed by IB and IB is an international organization focused on specific teaching methodologies, they have 4 levels of teaching! Essentially I might look into this degree IF I go into the educational field as a teacher or more proactive as an instructor of some K-12 class...
     
  3. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Active Member

    It is an interesting degree, I was going to wait till June/July 2022 to see if they get approved for regional accreditation and do it one course at a time since it is "free" and all you have to do is pay the fee per course.
     
  4. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    It's a candidate for RA, right? That means it is already "accreditable," but the RA is waiting to see it perform over a longer bit of time.

    Degrees awarded by candidate schools are generally accepted as those coming from accredited schools. The vast majority--but not all--candidates advance to accreditation. This might be a good time to get in (if that is the degree you want) because...

    There is no such thing as "free," and "free" is going to get a lot more expensive after "full" accreditation is granted. It's like happy hour: get that last round of drinks ordered before the prices change at the top of the hour.

    (I would say its current DEAC accreditation is yet another indicator of the likelihood of emerging successfully from its RA candidacy.)
     
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  5. Futuredegree

    Futuredegree Active Member

    I hear you lol it was just an extra degree for fun I was going to complete. Hopefully, the ship does not sail when I decide to but it is not on the top of the list of degrees I want or need. It was just something to keep me busy during my break between the major degrees I want to complete.
     
  6. Rich Douglas

    Rich Douglas Well-Known Member

    While knowing zero about your professional background, there ARE other credentials available. (I wrote a chapter on this subject in the upcoming edition of the ATD Handbook.) In short:

    Degrees: Issued by a college or university for one or more years of successful study of a curriculum, which may or may not culminate in a significant research or practice-based project.

    Certificates: Issued by tertiary institutions and industry educators, they indicate the successful completion of a course of study. Some are as short as a few hours; other might take months or years to complete. A sub-category useful to this thread is made up of graduate certificates issued by colleges and universities. Think "half-masters."

    Certifications: Issued by industry bodies (and sometimes governments), they indicate some mastery of a trade, occupation, or profession. They often require a specified amount of work experience, completion of a body of knowledge, and a certification examination. Examples include the CPLP (which I hold), the SHPR (which I hold), the PCC (which I hold), the SHRM-SCP (which I used to hold), and the PMP (which I used to hold).

    I earned the SHPR (and was grandfathered into the SHRM-SCP because of it) for just the same reason as you describe. I'd submitted modifications to my thesis to the University of Leicester and was waiting to hear back. (They said okay, if you're wondering.) So I studied for and took the SPHR on a whim. Now I are one! :confused:
     
  7. Dustin

    Dustin Well-Known Member

    See Quantic. MBA is free for 6 years, they get DEAC in January 2020. About a year later they changed the price to $10K per student.
     
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  8. SteveFoerster

    SteveFoerster Resident Gadfly Staff Member

    I gather that UoPeople's target market is students in lower income countries who would be a lot more resistant to fee increases, and they've already increased their fees once. So I'd be very surprised to see a large increase across the board, but less surprised to see them consider implementing a system of fees that varies by country of residence.
     
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