There has never before been a time with more pressure on teachers to gain additional teacher training qualifications. From government initiatives like "No Child Left Behind", to the greater use of technology in the classroom, teachers are under pressure to know more, be better qualified, and become more valuable as educators. Better postgraduate qualifications in education also means better prospects and pay.
Yet, for teachers, the practicality of getting a postgraduate qualification while working, presents a real scheduling challenge. Teachers are working harder than ever! Increasing demands are made on school teaching staff from parents and school administrators, yet fewer and fewer teachers are employed and the existing staff are expected to meet those demands.
The question is, if you are a teacher and your schedule is packed with activities during the school day and follow up activities after work, how do you fit in an enhanced education?
Well, certain teachers are turning to online postgraduate certificate in education as the answer. But do these courses really measure up to their hype? Are these courses a genuine way to get a recognized qualification? In this article we will explore some of the current issues around online teacher training.
The promise of online learning is that you will obtain you bachelors (BEd), Masters (MEd) or Doctorate (PhD) in Education without leaving your house. The hope is that when you have done this, your qualification from an online university will be looked on favorably by the school administration and future employers. Is this truly possible, or are the online training courses a waste of time and money?
The first thing you have to do is to take the initiative and talk to your HR or School Registrar to confirm that this postgraduate qualification (delivered online) is acceptable to the School administration. Long established universities are moving their postgraduate certificate in education online and specialist online universities like University of Walden, University of Phoenix, University of Nottingham, University of Dundee are becoming more prominent and established in online course delivery.
What is more important for the teachers is that these courses offered by online universities are internationally accredited and accepted as well as registered with qualification and standardization bodies in the Education industry. Accreditation is probably the number one thing to look for in an online degree course. After all, will a degree be of any use if no one respects or accepts it?
Apart from gaining a quality degree, the next thing that makes online teacher training courses appealing is the ability to study entirely from home.
Again, this promise is addressed through real-life experiences. Some schools have a few sessions where they may expect you to attend offline classes, which seems reasonable (and honestly sometimes demanded by candidates), many other schools have their training courses nearly 100% online. The choice of the school as well as the program is entirely up to you, so choose one that ensures to meet your personal and professional requirements.
Another angle of an online courses is that your class schedule may or may not be 100% flexible. This is an important point to investigate prior to registering for an online course. A lot of the experienced institutions have set aside sections of the modules for online discussions and sections for face to face discussions including group activities. You need to leave your schedule flexible to meet these requirements; though they are usually organized in advance and communicated at the time of registration.
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