Masters Degree In Education
Q: Are there Regionally Accredited Colleges/Universities that offer
Masters Degrees in Education that accept graduate level work similar
to Regents and Thomas Edison?
A:At the MA level the most you could probably expect to transfer in would be 6-9 units. If you literally mean a regionally accredited master's in education, not that I know of. But there is a program that comes close which may be of interest to you. That's Western Governors University's new master of arts program in "learning and technology". It opens for business in August 1999, and apparently will be conducted entirely by examination. Examinations will be available at a variety of college testing centers and at Sylvan Learning Centers. If you know the material, just take the tests. If you don't, they will point you at a variety of appropriate courses offered by a number of different DL schools. Then when you think you have mastered the material, take the exam. Two potential problems: One is that it's an MA in Learning and Technology rather than a traditional MEd. May or may not meet your needs. To get the details about what it covers, go to http://www.wgu.edu The other problem is that it isn't regionally accredited yet. WGU is in the process of becoming a recognized candidate for accreditation as we speak. But you will need to check with your employer to see if a candidate for accreditation meets their requirements. One good point is that WGU has gotten a huge amount of press, and almost everyone has heard of it and knows that it's for real. Unlike nontraditional undergraduate programs, which almost universally grant some amount of credit for experiential learning that can be translated into college-level learning (mere experience doesn't cut it), there is an overriding philosophy in graduate education that programs must consist entirely of new learning. If you find programs claiming to grant "credit for life experience" at all at the graduate level, chances are that they are degree mills. The one exception of which I am aware is Antioch University, which grants up to 15 of 60 quarter hours for experiential learning at the M.
A: level. However, that still leaves 45 q.h. of new learning that must be accomplished, equal to 30 semester hours (the number of credits required in total for many M.
A: degrees). While you can design your own M.
A: at any of the big three - Antioch, Goddard, or Vermont College of Norwich University, the only school I know of with a similar student-designed program model that grants an M.Ed. rather than an M.
A: is Lesley College, which I can recommend highly.
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