How can I finish my MAT graduate degree in another school?
October 9, 2013 12:02 PM Subscribe
I'd like to know what options I have for finishing a MAT (or MIT) graduate degree in and around Boston when basically I'm missing the practicum and student teaching but have acquired almost all required academic courses aside from that. I'd want to transfer something like 70-90% of my credits. I can no longer stay in my program (thanks to my advisor's say-so: it's not that I'm failing), and transferring 2 classes within the institution (to another Education degree) is possible, but I'd have to reapply, and basically take 70% of the new (general M.Ed) degree. I do like this degree. However, at this point, I've been in school so long I can't take it anymore, but I do want to teach (in an alternative school, granted). Yes, I know I can teach without a degree; at this point I would really rather not simply quit, though.
posted by reenka to education (12 answers total)
Some of the things I'm open to is internships/apprenticeship programs in Massachusetts-- probably starting next fall, especially if they have an optional Master's component (I'd probably be able to transfer something, at least, and I'd be working). If I'm in a program like that, I may be okay with only 15-20% transfer, granted it's a really good program. I am biased towards stuff I start in the spring, but obviously that may be hard.
I am picky with schools (and internship programs). I'm a big alternative/progressive ed person, and it's not that I hate public schools, but the worst ones traumatize me a bit (I am very introverted and shy, I have philosophical issues with some of the policies/budget decision, some types of discipline really frustrate me a lot, and just in general I'm a bit of an odd duck). I'm not so picky I'm willing to pay people to get me as an intern instead (which I have seen with some alternative schools in MA).
I would greatly enjoy simply finishing the path I'm currently on, except at another school (so.., a couple of remaining classes and a practicum/student-teaching path). I know most places don't accept this many transfer credits, but I am not picky about the institution. I really just want it to exist. If I absolutely have to and it is likely to transfer credits, I can move anywhere in the US for next fall.
I'm also open to pathways to Certification in MA and forgetting about my grad degree; yes I'm sort of sick of this problem, to be honest, and a part of me is like 'to hell with it all', but there's a reason I went this route. I need support to teach (see above, re: shy, socially anxious, general misfit who's traumatized by inner-city public schools having gone to them herself). I'm also open to someone if they are of the opinion I should stay and apply/go to the Education Studies degree. There are things to recommend it. I am a very theory-driven person (even though I'm a teacher-wannabe), enjoy observation-based research by nature ('just let me watch' is my middle name), I am passionate about issues in education, and I want to start my own alternative school. It's therefore vaguely possible I'd decide to get an Education PhD at some point (just not now). The whole 'staying here an extra year and basically starting nearly from scratch thing, after doing nothing in the spring' isn't really exciting me about that prospect. But it's a prospect, as opposed to the lack of other prospects (let's not count 'get a retail job' right now).