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Western Governors University

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Too time consuming
Program: Masters in Education
Posted on April 2, 2009 by AW

I have been in the Masters of Science Education program for a few years now and I can see both sides.

My frustration with the program that I am enrolled in comes from the number of hours you must devote to it. Sometimes I think it would have been "easier" to sit in a classroom and listen to a lecture and complete the couple hours of work at home. Currently, I am working on a course that requires me to write 13, yes 13, papers relating to the Geosciences. This isn't the only course this term however; I am also doing another which also demands my time.

I am a perfectionist, so I can't just churn out a paper quickly and having spent the last three days of my spring break working on just one of the papers, I really am getting tired of writing papers and would love some variation in the tasks involved. I did enjoy however, the courses that I took through the American Museum of Natural History. They were challenging, definitely time consuming, but varied in the required tasks. I don't think WGU realizes with the Education programs that they are dealing with educators (or potential educators) who need to find various ways to reach multiple learners within our own classroom and writing papers every time doesn't really help us!

If I had the choice to attend WGU again, knowing what I know now and what I have experienced, I would not. I am married, but with no children and I find it too time consuming! I couldn't imagine someone trying to be a parent at the same time too! When I think back I now laugh when they asked if I could devote 15 to 20 hours a week to my courses, because I wish it was only that amount of time. Try all weekend with a sprinkling of grading papers and writing lessons to keep my full time job as a high school science teacher!

I've definitely learned more, but I'm so tired of writing paper after useless paper!

Oh, and by the way, forget trying to complete your courses if you have dial-up internet. I would end up driving to the local library because my dial-up was too slow to complete the online labs or submit my assignments. The computer would just freeze. Now, I am paying for satellite to prevent me from having to drive someplace for faster internet.
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Posted by jm on January 17, 2010
I'm just about to finish the MA in secondary ed program. In enrolled 9 months ago. I have a full time job teaching hs science and have three children 6 and under. This has been a great program for me,since I am only under my own deadlines. My life requires a fair amount of triage - I do what has to be done right now, and so the flexibility of this has been amazing. The key is understanding the scope of each assignment. You have to write a lot of papers, but most of them are only around 2 pages. You don't need a research paper on every topic. Save the perfectionism for the Capstone, because you will need it there. The dial-up issue would be a serious drawback, because everything is done online. But the program is not impossible, and does work for some people, myself included.
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