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  1. Who's planning on applying to a Masters of Education for 2017-2018 school year? Trying to figure out how everyone tackles this process...
  2. Future Job Market For History MA & PhD Grads?

    Hi All, Does anyone have information related to the state of the discipline when it comes to jobs? I finished an MA in history in 2000 and a teaching B.Ed in 2015 but have not gotten work in this field. It has been a desire of mine to teach history for a living, but as we all know, there are virtually no jobs in this area. So I have no invested much energy into searching especially as I have kids and making a living is a priority. We have all heard that the Baby Boomers will leave vacancies in the colleges and universities. Can anyone share a perspective on whether this is materializing? What kinds of numbers are we looking at? I am considering a PhD in history, but probably will not do it, because in mid-career 5 years out of the workforce makes no sense without high probability of a job in the field! Note I'm considering a PhD in clinical psych as well because I double majored.
  3. MA or another BA?

    Hi guys, I am in the middle of a crisis. I just finished my degree in journalism in London, but actually I want to study literature: I got a place for a master's degree in comparative literature at UCL, so a very good uni, but I am now thinking of refusing that and go to Lausanne and start another bachelor, in Italian, French and Spanish literature. Ultimately, I want to become a lecturer at university level. So my question is: can I still get into teaching (after a PhD), even if my bachelor is not in literature, or do I really need that qualification? Is it really worth changing? Thanks people, help in this situation is much appreciated. Peace!
  4. Hi friends, Just curious, but what is the teaching load required for funding at your school? Obv. this varies from package to package, and if you don't want to share which school you go do, that's super cool. Where I'm coming from: I was offered a package where I would teach my own class right of the bat this upcoming fall, and if I had testicles, they'd have climbed up between my lungs for comfort. Is this normal? Not my imaginary testicles thing, but conducting your own class first thing?
  5. Hi everyone. I should preface my situation and aspirations with the fact that I realize the following is most likely a pipe dream. That being said, I have been feeling this way for some time and willing to do whatever it takes to change my current situation. Anyway, here it goes... I am in my late 20s and I'm currently a humanities teacher living in Massachusetts. I moved here for my wife's job (which is unique). I love living in this area, however, my career has come to a breaking point. I am no longer happy teaching to middle/high schoolers. I've been teaching for 5+ years and, by standard metrics, I would consider myself a successful teacher. As many of you know, being successful at something does not necessarily have a direct correlation to satisfaction or happiness. I have taken a few Math courses (calc) in undergrad but received low grades in these classes due to lack of effort. I graduated undergrad with a BA in English and grad school with an MA in Education. I am interested in a career within the math field now, but I am completely lost how I could pursue it at this point. Is it at all possible to pursue an advanced degree in Mathematics at this point. Where would I even start? How could I obtain the necessary prerequisites to have a chance? Would you recommend taking classes at a local CC to fulfill some of these requirements? I know research experience is also a key component. Is there any way to have an experience in research? As always, time and money are restraints in this equation. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  6. I am a full time teacher at a small charter school, but I am too much of an out-of-the-box thinker to be completely happy teaching at the K-12 level. I want to do research and teach college. I feel super guilty, though, because my school has had a terrible turn over rate for English teachers, and I really care about my students. I have already been accepted to 2 of the 3 graduate programs I applied to, though, and I'm going. Is anyone else in a similar position? How are you breaking the news to your principal and department head?
  7. IFA MA vs. UT-Austin PhD

    Hello everyone I'm interested in studying photography (including issues of class, power and the documentary genre). I was accepted to the IFA's MA program, and the UT Austin PhD American Studies program (which would have a strong photography angle). I am wait-listed at U Michigan-Ann Arbor's PhD art history program. I ultimately want to get a PhD, then teach and curate photography. IFA is tremendously respected, and would open a lot of doors (maybe more in curating than academia), but would cost $70,000. UT Austin is of course free. But do you think it 1.) is respected / opens doors and 2.) might allow me to keep a foot in both academic and curating worlds? I would appreciate any insight you might have. Thank you!
  8. Hey guys, I was wondering about who has applied to bachelor of education or teaching programs in Ontario! I have some questions: Which schools have you applied to? For what age concentration? What are your teachables? What was your GPA? What relevant experience did you have? I've applied to OISE, UOIT, and York for intermediate/senior. My teachables are biology & social science. I had a ~4.0 GPA in my last 2 years. I worked in a local high school for the past 2 years.
  9. Giving up (marine biology/oceanography)

    warning: probable rant ahead. I'm frustrated, I really am. Marine science is my life, it is my passion and I fully intended to dedicate my entire life to it. However, my passion is currently flipping me off. A bit of background, I have a BA in Biology, MS in Oceanography from TAMU, excellent formal and informal teaching experience, and 5 (count them) internships in research, conservation, and education. I spent a good portion of last year forging relationships so I could apply for multiple PhD programs, was told that with my experience and MS I was an ideal student. Rejected by all. Decided to forgo getting a PhD at the moment because I was looking for a longer term involvement in something (and I'd have to wait another year in order to apply for and start a PhD) and have applied to everything in marine research, education, and policy all over the country and even internationally. When I ask those in similar fields what a person can do to prepare themselves for the types of jobs I am applying for, they say "graduate education (check) and internships (check)." For the benefit of the doubt, lets say that my 5 internships plus entirely self funded and designed Master's was not enough, how the HELL am I supposed to continue to do UNPAID internships for much longer? I'm at my wits end with everything. Every path I turn to is rejecting me. I consider myself a humble person but I will brag about my accomplishments just to get my point across that this process is killing my passion and my soul. I wish I was being dramatic. Don't get me wrong, I KNOW and fully accept that I have entered into a, what some would call, non-traditional career path and a difficult one at that. I have been told objectively from potential PhD advisors, hiring managers, collaborators that in many ways, I am an ideal applicant... so what am I doing wrong. Does anyone have ANY advice on getting through this on any level. i.e. how to deal with this emotionally, how to actually find a damn job, how to get a damn PhD. I'm willing to do anything at this point. /rant Apologies if this is not the correct type of post for this subject area. I just hope to connect to other people who have been through or are going through these same issues. Unfortunately, most of my friends are either successful or still in school.
  10. Career Change (Teaching English to Biology)

    Hi everyone. I should preface my situation and aspirations with the fact that I realize the following is most likely a pipe dream. That being said, I have been feeling this way for some time and willing to do whatever it takes to change my current situation. Anyway, here it goes... I am a 29-year-old English teacher living in Massachusetts. I am married and moved here for my wife's job (which is unique). I love living in this area and my personal life is all positive. However, my career has come to a breaking point. I am no longer happy teaching English to middle/high schoolers. I've been teaching for 6+ years and, by standard metrics, I would consider myself a successful teacher. As many of you know, being successful at something does not necessarily have a direct correlation to satisfaction or happiness. I originally thought I wanted to go into the sciences out of high school, but I lacked the maturity to realize this passion. I have taken a few science courses (bio and chem) in undergrad but received low grades in these classes. I graduated undergrad with a BA in English and grad school with an MA in Education. I am having the same feeling of being interested in the sciences now, but I am completely lost how I could pursue a career in science at this point. Is it at all possible to pursue an advanced degree in Biology at this point. Where would I even start? How could I obtain the necessary prerequisites to have a chance? Would you recommend taking classes at a local CC to fulfill some of these requirements? I know research experience is also a key component. Is there any way to have an experience in research? As always, time and money are restraints in this equation. Any suggestions? Thank you in advance!
  11. 3 year painting MFA programs?

    Hello artists, I am now officially narrowing down my list of MFA programs, with a focus on painting/drawing. It is VERY important for me to get funding, and it is somewhat important that I like the location (my partner will be moving with me, and we both do not want NYC or Chicago). Adding to the list of complications, I'd really love to find a 3 year program. So far, most of my favorite choices on the list are 2 year programs. Does anyone know of 3 year programs that I might be missing? Or, if you know of any strong painting programs (that have good funding) to add to my list below, please write suggestions! So far, I'm looking at: U Michigan (2 yr) U Penn (2 yr) VCU (This is a high reach) (2 yr) University of Tennessee Knoxville (3 yr) University of Minnesota- Twin Cities (3 yr) UMass Amherst (Interdisciplinary) (3 yr) UC Irvine (3 yr) Thank you!!!
  12. Reject Fulbright?

    Hello all--I need some serious advice. I was given Alternate status for a Fulbright ETA this April, I accepted a teaching position here in the states, but was just offered a Fulbright ETA position. I haven't yet signed a contract for the school, but I would feel terrible backtracking on that commitment. Any advice welcome.
  13. Making up snow day classes as a teacher

    As a student I loved snow days, but now that I'm teaching my own class, I have to figure out how to adjust my lesson plan to fit in fewer days. Does anyone have any tips on what works best to get back on schedule when you lose class days?
  14. Applying to OISE MT Program

    Hi everyone, A 3rd year science student here. Thinking of applying to OISE (UofT)'s Masters of Teaching (MT) program, but am not sure if I will be accepted / chances of being accepted. My cGPA is 2.80 (I didn't do well for the first 2 years because of personal issues), and hoping final year GPA will be 3.80 (applying to MT in final year, so I'm not sure if they'll see this GPA before sending out admissions) I would like to apply for sernior/intermediate (Biology - Science, though my grades aren't that good in science), with second choice in English (my university english grades are all A's, top percentiles). I might be considering junior/intermediate instead though (for english/general science). My recent/present ECs in: - teacher's assistant in high school (science class, grade 10-11) - hospital (pediatrics) placement, assisting physician and child patients - mentoring university students (privately) in English - teaching piano and science for elementary school students (2013-2014) My 2 reference letters will be from my English TA who is familiar with me personally, and the science teacher that I assist at a nearby high school. Could some of you give me advice and opinions on my chances of gaining acceptance? I know my GPA is not that good - should I give up on applying to MT at OISE?
  15. How do you record/store student grades?

    For those of you who are responsible for keeping track of student grades for the classes they TA: what method do you use to record grades? A paper gradebook? An Excel sheet? The gradebook function in your university's course management software (e.g., Blackboard)? I ask because I'm in the process of going through my student evals and pulling out the useful constructive criticism. I've used Excel spreadsheets in the past, but have had one or two students comment that they'd like to see their current grades online. Though I prefer using my spreadsheets and just telling students they can ask to conference with me anytime about their grades, something more transparent would have the benefit of simplifying homework grades (I could collect more electronic homework instead of having to hand back paper). So, yes, curious to see what others do.
  16. I started TAing this semester for an introductory History course at a small liberal arts college. I'm in a MA program and this is my first time TAing. I attend the class twice a week and it's a small class, around 26 students. I am in charge of recording attendance and grades and keeping them on a spreadsheet. I taught once (only because the professor was ill) and I did okay. I've graded papers only once and when I did the professor told me that I did it perfectly but I haven't done any grading since. I give the professor articles and other information that I find relevant to the material being taught and they are given to the students and discussed in class. I feel like I should be doing more though. My school doesn't have separate discussion sections so I don't lead any discussion sections or hold office hours. Should I be doing more than this or is this it? I would love to hear some advice because I'm worried that I may not be pulling my weight.
  17. Help for TA Interview

    Hi everyone, I am invited for a TA interview for a programming class. But, I have no idea of what the interview is going to be about. For the regular classes, I usually thought they would ask you about classes you have taken in that area, your grades in those courses, previous teaching experiences, etc. Would they ever ask detail technical questions or give a problem to solve? And about the programming, do you think they would ask me to write a program or something? Thanks for your help in advance!