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http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=464 Finding a graduate program is no easy task when you want to advance your career in education. There are tons of graduate schools out there with top master’s degree programs, but which one will offer you the most flexibility? Online master’s degrees in education are high in demand because more teachers and professors are needed […]

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]]> Finding a graduate program is no easy task when you want to advance your career in education. There are tons of graduate schools out there with top master’s degree programs, but which one will offer you the most flexibility? Online master’s degrees in education are high in demand because more teachers and professors are needed throughout the world. The schools on this list were chosen from research attained from http://nces.ed.gov and http://www.detc.org/Student-Center/Directory-Of-Accredited-Institutions.asp, and each school stood out with exemplary graduate programs for education degree holders. The top online education schools demonstrate a commitment to students and technology while also making it more convenient for adult teachers to earn a degree whenever they have time.

With video lectures, online assignment control, discussion groups, online services such as teacher meetings and other aspects, these online education schools provide the best benefits for students. There are also a variety of different public schools that have cheap tuition costs and allow students to pay the same tuition as in-state students while in graduate programs.

These colleges were picked based on high faculty credentials, multiple student services, easy-to-use technology, student engagement, admissions selectivity, price of tuition and career help services.

1. Indiana University, Bloomington

Indiana University received the highest marks for faculty training and credentials, but it also scored high in student engagement and admissions selectivity making it one of the more selective schools for online master’s education programs. Indiana also has 47 full-time instructions that teach courses online. The school has a few different online education programs including a Master’s of Science in Education for Educational Leadership. Other programs include educational law, education in nursing, adult education, EFL/ESL teaching and English. The M.S.Ed. in educational leadership was created to help schools and districts address different challenges that the next educational leaders are already facing. Students may choose either an administrative or teaching path in the online program. Tuition costs $397 per credit for both in-state and out-of-state students. Online program features one-on-one discussions with faculty. Indiana University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission and is also a member of the North Central Association.

2. Northern Illinois University

Northern Illinois University in Dekalb, IL is second on the list because it scored highly in both faculty credentials and training while also having a high student engagement. As a public institution, online education courses are recorded and archived, which allows education students to go back and view all classes that they may have missed. Many of the students in the program are already working and trying to get ahead, which is why student engagement is one of the top priorities at NIU. Students can earn a Master of Science in Education in School Business Management. The college also has a reasonable tuition rate for students. Online courses feature video instruction, web portal, online reading, interactive assignments, simulations, videos, discussion groups and much more. There are also tutorials, how-tos and other study materials available through the online portal. The degree program places students into an administrative or management position in a school district. Tuition is $325 per credit. Average faculty response time is 24 hours. School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is also a member of the North Central Association.

3. Central Michigan University

In Mount Pleasant, Central Michigan University offers an excellent master’s of education program. The school received its highest marks in student services and technology, but it also was ranked highly for faculty credentials, faculty training and student engagement. However, Central Michigan University is less selective than other graduate programs, which is why it ranks at third. However, Central Michigan University is the top school to offer a Master of Arts degree in education. The degree program requires 33 credit hours, which is taught online or as a hybrid class. Most applicants who hold a four-year baccalaureate degree or an equivalent with recognized standing can be received into the graduate program.

Tuition is $487 for both in-state and out-of-state residents.
Students can take classes solely online or go in for one-on-one lessons.
Central Michigan University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

4. University of Houston

University of Houston has an incredible education program for which it has received 13 accreditations. The online education programs are numerous and span everything from a Master of Education in Physical education to a Master of Education in Gifted Teaching or Administration. Since the programs are so varied, University of Houston has a variety of courses to choose from. However, the technology seems to be a bit dated and not every class may be available online. For instance, students may have to take a course in school at least once a week to complete credit hours. Student services is also lower for this school despite it being in the top. Students may not be able to access all of their assignments online as well. For these reasons, it ranks lower on the list. Tuition costs are $269 in-state and $582 out-of-state. Application deadline is March 1st for online master’s programs. College of Education at UH is accredited by 13 organisations.

5. St. John’s University

Located in Queens, New York, St. John’s University is a historic college with a high ranking for faculty credentials, student services and technology. However, it lacks admissions selectivity and could do better with career placement for students. St. Johns offers a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision, Master of Education in School District Leadership and Master of Education in Teaching Children with Disabilities in Childhood Education. In addition, tuition costs are extremely high for an online program making it the most expensive for online education graduate programs per credit. However, the school does offer more technology and student services than other online education schools. Student services include some advising, but it is unclear whether the college of education has a career placement or hands-on training program for students. Tuition cost is $1,100 in-state and out-of-state. Applications must be submitted before August 17th.
St. John’s University is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

6. Auburn University

Auburn University is a public institution and offers classes online for students who want to pursue a Master of Education, Master of Early Childhood education and other graduate programs in business education and certificates. Students can earn a Master of Education in music education, foreign language education and elementary education. The program offers a variety of services to students, but they are mostly only available on campus such as the Auburn University Library. Students may have difficult accessing the portal during after hours as well. Overall, there a number of benefits for attending Auburn online. Most importantly, students can pursue a variety of interests in education whether they want to pursue childhood education, adult education or high school students. There’s also the administrative degrees for those who want to work in management or educational policy. Tuition cost is $539 per credit hour for in-state and out-of-state students.
The graduate program has a rolling admissions deadline. Auburn University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

7. South Dakota State University

South Dakota State University in Brookings is a top notch school with high marks in student engagement and faculty training. However, the school is currently working on improving its education online portal and doesn’t have a very selective admissions process for its online program. The school offers a few degrees that would be helpful for those who want to teach, join administration or go into a family education. These include a Master of Education in Educational Administration, Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Master of Science in Chemistry for Chemical Education, Master of Human Sciences for Family and Consumer Sciences Education. Students can also receive degrees in mass communication and community development. Tuition costs are $400 per credit for both in-state and out-of-state students. Application deadline is rolling.
The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.

8. University of Northern Colorado

University of Northern Colorado is located in Greeley and offers a variety of different online programs in education such as a Master of Arts in Educational Leadership or a Master of Arts in Educational Psychology. Students can also go into nursing education, culturally and linguistically diverse education, curriculum studies, dance education, teaching applicatons, science education and foreign language education. The school scored its highest marks for faculty accreditation and training, but it scored poorly for student engagement, technology and admission selectivity. However, the school is lowest in technology as its web portal is very hard to use and doesn’t offer students the best study experience. Students can take online courses in addition to pursuing a degree in school. Tuition cost is $507 for in-state and out-of-state per credit hour.
Students will find that the site for the master’s program also lists additional specialty online courses for education students. School is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

9. University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

The University of Illinois ranks high for faculty training and credentials but ranks poorly in admission selectivity. In addition, the school could update its technology for students to use. Master’s degrees online include agricultural education, human resource education, educational policy, educational psychology, teaching biological science, teacher leadership and a few others. The programs are easy to find and well-organized, but the school offers little student services or student engagement. There is one internship program, but they don’t seem to offer career placement or advising services. There is an internship program for the program for educational psychology and teaching biological science. Online courses have video lectures, online assignment completion, recorded video lectures, online discussions, email for students and teachers and grade statistics.
Tuition cost for the program is $437 in-state and out-of-state per credit. Applications must be submitted by April 1st. The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

10. University of Scranton

The University of Scranton in Pennsylvania receives a near perfect in faculty credentials and training but lacks in all other categories for online programs. Students can enroll in master education programs like Master of Science in Curriculum and Instruction and Master of Science in Educational Administration. Adult students can also earn an administration certificate if already working as a teacher. Overall, the school offers 54 teachers for the education online program, but they don’t have enough online education programs or student services to be ranked higher. The school should add more education programs in teaching, childhood education, foreign language and administration in order to compete with other schools. Tuition cost is $475 for in-state and out-of-state per credit. The school has a rolling application deadline. The school is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.

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The 10 Best Online Masters in Special Education Degree Programs (M.Ed.) http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/best-online-masters-in-special-education-programs/ Wed, 31 Jul 2013 22:07:59 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=82 Obtaining a Master’s in Special Education not only improves the skills of the teacher, but can open doors to other job opportunities, such as becoming a university professor, training other educators or working in another state that has higher education requirements. Master’s in Special Education programs require students to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) […]

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Obtaining a Master’s in Special Education not only improves the skills of the teacher, but can open doors to other job opportunities, such as becoming a university professor, training other educators or working in another state that has higher education requirements.

Master’s in Special Education programs require students to complete the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) and already have a bachelor’s degree, although not necessarily a bachelor’s degree in some type of education specialty. Many programs also require applicants to already have a special education or teaching certification from their particular state. Consider the nation’s 10 Best Online M.Ed. Special Education degree programs.

Recommended Masters in Special Education Programs

10. Grand Canyon University

Overview
This program prides itself of both classroom and real-world experience. Students must have access to a K-12 special education classroom in order to complete class projects. Formal classroom instruction is required in at least three of the five main disability categories, including emotional, learning, physical, intellectual or health impairment.

School Rankings
The school was ranked among the nation’s leading online special education masters programs by Fox.com, Fortune Small Business and Technology & Learning magazines, and the Online Education Database.

Tuition
Cost for their 34-credit master’s program is $495 per credit hour.

Unique Features
One course in the Master’s program is worth four credits allowing students to finish faster.

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9. Liberty University

Overview
Liberty’s Md.E. Special Education program is designed for adults with no previous teaching experience. Participants study educational assessment and behavioral management, as well as strategies for building a collaborative, inclusive teaching environment.

School Rankings
Liberty has consistently made the list of the nation’s Top 10 Online Universities based on the Online Education Database.

Tuition
The school charges $505 for part-time students and $465 for full-time students per credit hour.

Unique Features
Liberty offers an accelerated eight-week online master in special education for online participants. Students can complete coursework at any time, with no required log-in times.

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8. University of Texas Online Consortium

Overview
The 36-hour program was specifically created for adults already working as K-12 educators. Students have the flexibility to choose from six hours of elective courses, including education leadership, bilingual education or other specialties approved by the program coordinator.

School Rankings
BestMastersinEducation.com ranks the school No. 8 on its list of Top Online Master’s Degrees in Education. In addition, UT-Austin came in No. 45 on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Best Colleges and The Center for World University Rankings placed UT at No. 30 on its list of the World’s Top 100 Universities.

Tuition
The school charges $810 for Texas residents and $1,750 for out-of-state students per course.

Unique Features
This school system offers an array of resources from various institutions in the University of Texas education system. Thus, students have the opportunity to combine benefits offered from different campus locations, while completing all their coursework through the distance learning program.

7. Bemidji State University

Overview
Bemidji State University’s online masters in special education is structured for teachers seeking to teach special education in Minnesota.

School Rankings
U.S. News & World Report ranked Bemidji in the upper tier of its America’s Best Colleges survey among master’s institutions in the Midwest. Additionally, the school’s online master’s programs in education were ranked 15th most affordable on GetEducated.com’s list of Best Online Colleges.

Tuition
Costs are $350.50 per credit hour.

Unique Features
Master’s programs are completed through discussion boards, video links, posted readings and live chats, although students are never required to be present at a certain time.

6. Capella University

Overview
Capella’s online program offers 10 to 12 week courses that engage students in an interactive experience via discussion groups, video instruction, and feedback from classmates and instructors.

School Rankings
The Online Education Database ranks Capella No. 30 on its list of Best Online College Rankings. The Global Language Monitor ranked them No. 3 in its list of Best Online Universities.

Tuition
Master’s programs cost $415 per credit hour.

Unique Features
Ninety-eight percent of former students at Capella say they are satisfied with their education.

5. Ashford University

Overview
This degree gives students a broad knowledge of instructional methods, assessment and curriculum strategies, and the leadership skills to obtain senior level positions in the education field.

School Rankings
Thebestcolleges.org ranks Ashford No. 12 on its list of Top 21 Colleges and Universities for 2012.

Tuition
Degrees cost $525 per credit hour.

Unique Features
Ashford offers a program they call Smart Track, which allows students to count up to nine of their undergraduate credits toward their graduate degree.

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4. Texas Tech University

Overview
Texas Tech’s program is divided into two branches, one for sensory impairment and one that focuses on low incidence. Participants can choose to narrow their studies even further into areas such as autism or educational diagnostics.

School Rankings
GetEducated.com ranks the online master’s program at No. 11 in the nation on its list of best buys, which lists colleges based on credibility and affordability.

Tuition
In-state students pay $528.45 and out-of-state students pay $879.32 per credit hour.

Unique Features
In addition to classwork, participants are required to complete 1,500 hours performing in an actual education setting.

3. Western Governor’s University

Overview
The master’s program is designed for licensed teachers who want to move into a career in special education. Participants are trained to handle mild to moderate disabilities, while improving their overall teaching skills.

School Rankings
Time magazine named WGU “The Best and Cheapest University You’ve Never Heard of.” Additionally, Thebestschools.org ranked it No. 11 on its list of The Best 25 Online Colleges.”

Tuition
Tuition is charged as a flat rate per term. All education programs are $2,890 per term.

Unique Features
WGU terms last six months and can start on the first day of any month you choose.

2. Ball State University

Overview
Ball State University claims the No. 1 spot because they have distinguished themselves in the education sector. In addition to online courses, students experience immersive learning, which allows them to work collaboratively with community organizations and schools. Ball State is one of the first schools in the nation to launch the Woodrow Wilson Fellows program, which trains educators in the fields of science, math and engineering.

School Rankings
Ball State was ranked eighth on U.S. News & World Report’s list of Up-and-Coming Colleges and Universities for 2011. Additionally, The Princeton Review named it one of the Best Universities in the Midwest for eight years straight. Lastly, its education programs were ranked 17th on a national list compiled by Leadership Excellence magazine.

Tuition
Ball State charges $299 for Indiana residents and $506 for out-of-state students per credit hour.

Unique Features
Depending on the area of specialty, students can be placed on an accelerated track, completing their master’s degree in less than 18 months.

1. Walden University

Overview
Walden focuses on experienced educators who want to make a positive social change through research in neuroscience, scientific interventions and assessment techniques.

School Rankings
Collegeprowler.com gave Walden an “A” grade in the areas of Academic Flexibility, Tuition and Financial Aid, and Online Course Availability.

Tuition
Students pay $510 per credit hour.

Unique Features
Walden’s program only requires 30 credit hours, which can be completed in 20 to 24 months.

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The 10 Best Online Masters in Education Degree Programs http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/top-online-masters-in-education/ Wed, 31 Jul 2013 20:27:25 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=26 An online master’s in education from reputable schools require students to possess the same attitude they would demonstrate in classroom-based programs. These masters of education programs allow teachers to improve earning potential and professional prestige. Additionally, they will be able to gain more specialized skills and knowledge to make them stand out in their chosen […]

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An online master’s in education from reputable schools require students to possess the same attitude they would demonstrate in classroom-based programs. These masters of education programs allow teachers to improve earning potential and professional prestige. Additionally, they will be able to gain more specialized skills and knowledge to make them stand out in their chosen career.

Recommended Masters in Education Programs

Ranking the Top 10 Best Online Masters in Education Programs
Choosing to take a masters of education from a top online school allows students to accomplish their goals in their own time. They can study from anywhere at any time. Online schools do their best to offer the highest quality education possible for students. With this, we have chosen ten of the top online Masters in Education programs according to their credentials, services, students and instructors.

10. Bowling Green State University

Program Overview
Bowling Green State University is a public school that offers a Master’s of Education online. Bowling Green education classes are all posted and recorded online. With this, students can easily get access to the information any time.

Ranking
Bowling Green is ranked number 13 for its faculty credentials and training by U.S. News and World Report. Bowling Green has made it to the magazine’s honor roll. This simply means that their online master’s of education program is among the best in the country.

Tuition Costs
Students living in-state pay $424 per credit for this program. Out-of-state students pay $434 per credit. These figures are the tuition costs for the 2011-2012 school year.

Unique Features
The M.Ed. program instructors are considered to be among the best in the entire country. The cross-section of students adds richness and depth to the program.

9. Fort Hays State University

Program Overview
Fort Hays offers masters of education online programs through Fort Hays State Virtual College that was established in 1999. It is regionally accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. This program is also called the Advanced Education Program

Ranking
The US News ranked Fort Hays as the 14th best M.ED. online program based on three of four modules. This includes faculty credentials, student services and technology and student engagement and accreditation.

Tuition Costs
Fort Hays Virtual State College requires online graduate students to pay $235.50 per credit hour. This tuition cost is for fall 2011 and summer of 2012.

Unique Features
Expert instructors will guide students all throughout the program. Fort Hays offers graduate education programs that do not require students to set foot on campus, but they will be able to maintain their relationships with classmates and instructors. Communication methods used include Skype, Adobe Connect, Wikis, blogs, Facebook, Google Docs, podcasts, Youtube, Ning, iTunes and other innovative methods.

8. Northern Illinois University

Program Overview
Northern Illinois University’s online master’s of education program aims to hone the next generation of school administrators and teachers using cutting edge technologies. Departments offering these programs include the Department of Leadership, Educational Psychology and Foundation and the Department of Educational Technology, Research and Assessment.

Ranking
Northern Illinois University was among the top 14 online programs in the country that was included in US News. NIU College of Education got first place in online M.Ed. program faculty credentials. It ranked seventh in student technology and services and twenty-sixth in student engagement and accreditation.

Tuition Costs
Illinois residents pay $7,297 every year to stay in the program. Meanwhile, students who live out of the state pay $14,595 per year.

Unique Features
The same faculty members teach students online and in real-classroom settings. All online faculty in the M.Ed. program hold doctoral degrees and have two or more years of experience in teaching online. This is the only school in the nation that has these top caliber instructors.

7. Syracuse University

Program Overview
Syracuse is a private institution that offers a master’s of education online. However, Syracuse students still work with their classmates when doing projects.

Ranking
Syracuse University got first place in the US News rankings for student services and technology. Their admissions selectivity landed in the 11th spot while faculty training and credentials took 8th place. Syracuse’s student engagement and accreditation ended up in 15th place.

Tuition Costs
Residents in New York may take advantage of the education programs offered by Syracuse University by paying $1,206 per credit. Similarly, masters of education students living out of the state pay $1,206 per credit.

Unique Features
Online education programs have similar requirements to campus programs. Students need to take classes seven times a week online.

6. Wright State University

Program Overview
Wright State University posts nearly all of their classes online so that students can manage their education entirely on their own terms.

Ranking
US News and World Report ranked Wright State #1 in faculty credentials and training, presumably meaning students in their education are receiving instruction from top notch teachers.

Tuition Costs
Tuition is cheaper if you live in Ohio at $3,942 per year but is still reasonable for out of state students at $6,696 per year.

Unique Features
Wright State University has rolling admissions, meaning you can get a start on your Master’s in Education at any time.

5. Liberty University

Program Overview
Liberty University Online offers a masters in education that is considered to be among the most affordable available today. LU is a Christian university that aims to help students pursue higher educational attainment in the most convenient and efficient way. LU offers many online programs related to education.

Ranking
Liberty University has consistently been rated among the top ten online schools by the Online Education Database. This is based on the university’s high graduation and retention rates. US News ranked LU as the 80th Best College in the South.

Tuition Costs
Liberty University offers different tuition rates for part-time and full-time students. Part-time students pay $505 per hour while full-time students pay $465.

Unique Features
Liberty University promises to provide students with affordable rates, cutting edge technologies and innovative teaching strategies. Students can enjoy state of the art communication methods with accredited Christian instruction.

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4. Kaplan University

Program Overview
Kaplan’s online master’s degree in education is designed to prepare individuals who will have the power to motivate, influence and empower younger generations.

Tuition Cost
Students taking an online masters of education in the standard emphasis area track pay $385 per credit hour with a total tuition cost of $17,710. Masters in education students who choose the educational leadership track have the same cost per credit hour, but their total cost of tuition is $20,790.

Unique Features
Kaplan University has its own virtual classrooms that add a human touch to studying online.

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3. Western Governors University

Program Overview
A masters degree in education from Western Governors does not just prepare students to become classroom teachers. They may also become effective principals, vice principals or assistant principals. They can be leaders in their own schools.

Tuition Costs
Western Governors University changes its tuition costs every six months. Their online master of education tuition cost is $2,890 every term as of November 2011.

Special Features
The tuition cost at WGU is considered to be its best feature. This is mainly because students pay for their classes per term and not per credit or course.

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2. St. Josephs University

Program Overview
St. Joseph’s University has been offering masters in education online programs since 2010. The masters degree in education programs allow people to specialize in educational leadership, math education and special education.

Tuition Costs
St. Joseph’s University requires online masters of education students to pay $578 per credit.

Special Features
St. Joseph’s University ensures the integration of academic, social and spiritual well-being for both online and on-campus students.

1. Oregon State University

Program Overview
The online masters degree in education at Oregon State is designed for licensed K-12 teachers. The M.ED. program aims to help them progress in the teaching profession with efficient and applicable academic programs along with opportunities for networking. Because of its reasonable cost, the rigorousness of its program, and the applicability of the lessons to the teaching classroom, we have chosen Oregon State University as the top online masters in education program in the country.

Tuition Costs
Oregon State University offers its online masters of education at $420 per credit in addition to a distance education fee of $17. This comes to a total of $495 per credit.

Special Features
Oregon State University’s masters in education is a 45-credit degree program. It is 100 percent online for accessibility and convenience.

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The 30 Most Amazing High School Campuses In The World http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/most-amazing-high-school-campuses/ Tue, 30 Jul 2013 06:55:04 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=321 Image Source There has been some debate surrounding the impact architecture has on learning. Studies have found that students perform better in math, reading and standardized tests in certain environments – particularly in learning spaces that feature outdoor views, an abundance of natural light, and greater mobility and movement. And when you consider the fact […]

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There has been some debate surrounding the impact architecture has on learning. Studies have found that students perform better in math, reading and standardized tests in certain environments – particularly in learning spaces that feature outdoor views, an abundance of natural light, and greater mobility and movement. And when you consider the fact that teaching methods are adapting with the times, it’s not surprising that school buildings are being updated and modernized, too – incorporating contemporary teaching initiatives and eco-friendly architectural designs. The following 30 high schools showcase impressive modern buildings, whatever your pedagogical stance may be.

30. Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts – Los Angeles, California

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Previously known as Central Los Angeles Area New High School #9, the Ramón C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts is arguably among the most aesthetically impressive high schools on this list – as well as one of the most expensive. The innovative campus in downtown Los Angeles cost $232 million to build and was designed by international architecture firm Coop Himmelb(l)au. Besides being visually stunning, this school campus was designed to be resistant to earthquakes and also boasts good energy-efficiency credentials. Opened in September 2009, the school aims for a close interplay between academia and the arts – a relationship at least one teacher maintained is highly beneficial to students.

29. North Liverpool Academy – Liverpool, England

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North Liverpool Academy in England is a high school that focuses on math, business, computing and enterprise. On top of its quality academic credentials and apparently “outstanding” management, this school stands out for its architecture, particularly the striking curved structure at its center. It boasts improved natural daylight and views of the River Mersey and the far-off Welsh mountains. Atkins, the firm responsible for the design, seems to have succeeded in its goal of creating a “memorable landmark.” Completed in 2009, North Liverpool Academy includes a dozen science labs, art studios, a motorcycle-engineering center, recording studios, and a theater. According to Wikipedia, the academy ranks as the 25th school in the entire United Kingdom.

28. Innovative Pilot High School – Poitiers, France

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This incredible sci-fi looking building located near Poitiers in west-central France is home to the Innovative Pilot High School. The striking triangular-shaped structure, which was completed in 1987, is part of the Futuroscope complex. The latter development is the only one of its kind in Europe, and it seeks to create what the Programme on Educational Building calls “a synergy between the activities of leisure, work, technology, training and education.” The building itself houses both a high school and a university, facilitating an uninterrupted progression from secondary to higher education. Innovative Pilot High School places a special emphasis on communication and technology.

27. Phoenix Union Bioscience High School – Phoenix, Arizona

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This award-winning campus was designed by architectural firm The Orcutt Winslow Partnership and was completed in 2007 at a cost of $10 million. The Phoenix Union Bioscience High School in Phoenix, Arizona is perfectly situated in the city’s genomics research district, while its design highlights the school’s science-focused curriculum thanks to the fossils cast into the building’s concrete walls. The three-story structure also contains six science laboratories – plus another external lab – and flexible learning spaces. Upperclassmen further benefit from curricula tailored to their specific interests, from engineering and biotechnology to forensics. Still, one review by a student underscores the fact that this school is extremely demanding on the academic front and thus perhaps not an ideal fit for everyone.

26. Strawberry Crest High School – Dover, Florida

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Dover, Florida is home to Strawberry Crest High School. Designed by Long & Associates Architects/Engineers and opened in August 2009, this $63.6 million facility won an AIA Tampa Bay design award in 2011. The energy-efficient design includes 101 classrooms and serves young people from the surrounding East Hillsborough County region of Florida. Students and parents who reviewed Strawberry Crest on website Greatschools.org remarked that the facility is clean, high-tech and beautiful – not to mention among the finer schools in the area.

25. Diamond Ranch High School – Los Angeles, California

25. Diamond Ranch High School GÇô Los Angeles, USA

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Diamond Ranch High School in Los Angeles County, California was built on 72 acres of land previously deemed unusable. The site features sharply varying slopes and a total relief of 380 feet. Yet rather than displacing huge quantities of soil, architectural firm Morphosis instead chose to integrate the design with the surrounding landscape. The school is located at the meeting point of Diamond Bar and Phillips Ranch in Pomona, and it has been described as one of the most academically demanding schools in the US. One teacher at Diamond Ranch said, “I love being involved heart and soul where the community, the parents, the faculty, and the administration all work together to do everything possible to help put the students on the path to success.” The innovative campus was completed in 1999.

24. Evelyn Grace Academy – London, England

24. Evelyn Grace Academy GÇô London, England

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This incredible building in South London’s Brixton was designed by award-winning Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid. The design won the 2011 RIBA Stirling Prize for architecture – ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Velodrome. The academy, which opened in 2010, has been called “highly imaginative” and “exciting.” Hadid herself explained the central role that architecture plays in education, saying, “Schools are among the first examples of architecture that everyone experiences and have a profound impact on all children as they grow up.” The small campus elegantly brings four schools into one facility, and it features divisions, exuberant angles and a red racing track that threads through the center of the building.

23. Rafael Arozarena High School – Tenerife, Spain

23. Rafael Arozarena High School GÇô Tenerife, Spain

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This beautiful structure reminds us of colorful wooden building blocks. Rafael Arozarena High School near La Orotava on the Island of Tenerife in the Spanish Canary Islands was the work of locally based architectural firm AMP Arquitectos and was completed in 2004. Although the building is made of concrete, the gradient colors and textured walls make it seem like a more natural part of the surrounding landscape. Not only does its design give a nod to the terraced fields on which it was built, but it also harmonizes gracefully with the historic buildings in the surrounding area.

22. Alsop High School – Liverpool, England

22. Alsop High School GÇô Liverpool, England

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Alsop High School in Walton, Liverpool, England was built in 1926 but underwent extensive remodeling in 2008. An entirely new building was added, complete with high-tech classrooms. Greenery-filled areas were fashioned, too – designed to boost health and well-being and provide students with a space in which to unwind. Architectural firm 2020 Liverpool was responsible for renovating the original building and designing the new one. Speaking for the company, architect Martin Shutt said, “We believe our team has successfully achieved the project goal; to create a welcoming, caring, successful and inclusive environment that supports the learning community in promoting and valuing the achievements of all.”

21. Ánimo Leadership Charter High School – Los Angeles, California

21. A¦ünimo Leadership Charter High School GÇô Los Angeles, USA

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Award-winning architectural firm Brooks & Scarpa designed this unique-looking school in Inglewood, Los Angeles County, California. The Ánimo Leadership Charter High School is among those run by Green Dot – a local organization of schools whose graduation rates exceed those of the LA Unified School District. Originally opened in 2000, the school moved to its new campus in Inglewood after over a decade in temporary facilities. The new campus was completed in 2013 and serves approximately 500 students from the area. Design-wise, the elongated cuboid shape of the building is not only aesthetically pleasing but also saturates the interior space with natural light and ventilation. Energy efficiency is also incorporated into the design thanks to the addition of 650 solar panels, which shade the structure and provide for three quarters of the school’s energy needs.

20. Metea Valley High School – Aurora, Illinois

20. Metea Valley High School GÇô Illinois, USA

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Opened in 2009, Metea Valley High School in Aurora, Illinois was designed by architectural firm the DLR Group at a cost of $124.7 million. The facility was created to address the issue of school overcrowding in the district, and it accommodates approximately 3,000 students. The sheer size of the center required a creative identity design to prevent students from feeling lost. It was also fashioned to promote collaboration between pupils and staff. A student who attends the school described it as “a great place to learn,” while a parent praised the new facilities and expressed appreciation for the honors and AP classes, the great staff and the opportunities for parent involvement.

19. Park Mains High School Building – Renfrewshire, Scotland

19. Park Mains High School Building GÇô Renfrewshire, Scotland

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From the front, Park Mains High School Building in Erskine, Renfrewshire, Scotland looks like it combines a central cylinder with rectangular wings, creating a visually appealing space. Completed in July 2012, the high school was designed by Glasgow-based architects Holmes Miller. The interior is bathed in natural light and provides students with space for flexible learning. What’s more, it is environmentally sustainable. One of the key aspects of the school is that community members are welcome to use it. Michael Dewar, head teacher at Park Mains, said, “This impressive building has already lifted the morale of staff, the pupils love it and the community are regular users of the tremendous sports facilities now available to them.”

18. Edison High School – Fresno, California

18. Edison High School GÇô Fresno, USA

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Edison High School in Fresno, California almost seems to sprout right out of the ground. The building was designed by Darden Architects and was completed in 2013. School administration and staff as well as students, parents and community members all had a part in planning the building, which was designed to revive the school after its original classroom building had been demolished in 1972. One student said, “Edison has a fantastic learning environment, and parents who are concerned about their children’s safety have nothing to worry about… Based on academics, Edison is definitely in a league of its own.”

17. Monkseaton High School – North Tyneside, England

17. Monkseaton High School GÇô North Tyneside, England

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Monkseaton High School is located in Whitley Bay in North Tyneside, England. The school prides itself on its smaller-than-average class sizes, which encourage more student-teacher interaction. This philosophy isn’t, however, the only thing that sets Monkseaton apart; its facilities do as well. The innovative elliptical-shaped building was designed by Devereux Architects and was completed in 2009. Its 31 colorful wind catchers not only look the part, but also help keep the building at a suitable temperature. At the same time, the school’s triangle-shaped classrooms encourage a flexible use of the learning space, while solar panels provide the building with hot water. Chief architect Ian Lancastle-Smith said of the rooms, “We created a life-size model of the triangular classrooms in the existing school and test-drove it with the teachers and students and assessed their evaluations. Even the skeptics were converted.”

16. Marcel Sembat High School – Sotteville-lès-Rouen, France

16. Marcel Sembat High School GÇô Sotteville-le¦Çs-Rouen, France

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From afar, the Marcel Sembat High School in Sotteville-lès-Rouen in northern France may look like a gently undulating hillside. However, hidden beneath the verdant vegetation are six spacious workshops in which students learn about vehicle mechanics and motors. These workshops were in need of refurbishment, as the original buildings were constructed between 1930 and 1960. So, in 2011 architecture firm Archi5 was responsible for renovating the workshops, as well as adding a cafeteria, staff accommodations and dormitories to the design. Not only is the result visually appealing, but the separate workshops also take advantage of natural light. Moreover, the “living roofs” blend almost seamlessly with the adjacent public park.

15. American Canyon High School – Napa County, California

15. American Canyon High School GÇô Napa County, USA

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Santa Rosa-based firm Quattrocchi Kwok Architects designed American Canyon High School in American Canyon, Napa County, California. Construction was completed in 2010, and since then, on top of its aesthetically pleasing appearance, this high school has stood out for its environmental sustainability. Natural light is drawn inside, which cuts down on artificial lighting costs. And elsewhere, a ground loop geothermal system reduces both heating and air conditioning needs, whilst a one-megawatt photovoltaic system further decreases energy costs by using the sun as a source of power. One student said American Canyon is “very clean and has a great working environment,” while a parent referred to it as “the high school of the future.”

14. Ørestad College – Copenhagen, Denmark

14. +ÿrestad College GÇô Copenhagen, Denmark

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The colorful louvers on Ørestad College in Copenhagen, Denmark look a bit like the keys on a piano, and they add texture and cheer to the exterior of the building. The school was designed by 3XN Architects and boasts an inventive interior that takes a distinctive approach to the idea of an educational building. Instead of classrooms, this upper secondary institution has four boomerang-shaped decks that serve as “study zones.” This approach makes the learning spaces both adaptable and open. The structure was completed in 2007; and since moving in to its new building, the school has become very popular with applicants – perhaps proving that architecture does indeed have an impact on students’ willingness to learn.

13. Braamcamp Freire Secondary School – Lisbon, Portugal

13. Braamcamp Freire Secondary School GÇô Lisbon, Portugal

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Braamcamp Freire Secondary School is situated in Pontinha in the municipality of Odivelas in Lisbon, Portugal. The original center consisted of five prefabricated pavilions dating back to 1986. In order to unify these separate elements and revitalize the school, Lisbon-based architecture firm CVDB Arquitectos came up with a brilliant remodeling plan. To keep costs and maintenance at a minimum, concrete was used to create informal learning spaces between each of the existing units. On first impression, the bare concrete may appear rather austere, but the use of brilliant primary colors and geometric shapes adds warmth and vibrancy. The remodeling was completed in 2012.

12. High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture – New York, New York

12. High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture GÇô New York, USA

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The High School for Construction Trades, Engineering and Architecture is located in Queens, New York. As can be deduced from its rather long name, this institution focuses on preparing students for apprenticeships or technical colleges focusing on construction engineering and architecture. The center has special laboratories for mechanical drafting, computer-aided design, construction technology and model building. And the high-tech and visually intriguing structure not only offers students a great place in which to learn, but may also act as an example of the sort of design excellence students are striving towards. In fact, one student has said of the school, “It’s fun. It brings out your creative side.” International architectural firm Arquitectonica is behind the striking building, whose construction was completed in 2006.

11. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy – Los Angeles, California

11. Camino Nuevo Charter Academy GÇô Los Angeles, USA

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Camino Nuevo Charter Academy in Los Angeles, California winds along its adjacent road like a grey and yellow freight train, broken up sporadically by the lines of windows. The distinctive building was designed by design firm Daly Genik Architects and was opened in 2004. The firm didn’t want to isolate the school from its urban surroundings altogether and chose to create a main classroom building with a courtyard in the center of the school that allows daylight to flood into the classrooms. One student who reviewed Camino Nuevo said, “This is an incomparable school.”

10. Hazelwood School – Glasgow, Scotland

10. Hazelwood School GÇô Glasgow, Scotland

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Hazelwood School in Glasgow, Scotland was carefully designed to accommodate a student body with sensory impairments. The result, completed in 2007, is a vibrant and welcoming single-story building, designed by now-dissolved Glasgow-based architecture firm Gordon Murray & Alan Dunlop Architects. Firm co-founder Alan Dunlop explained how school architecture could impact students, teachers, and parents, saying, “Good school design is important for children, for it says: ‘You are our future, and we recognize that you are special.’ It’s important for teachers, for it places a value on them and helps to motivate.” This building not only pays special attention to students’ navigational needs; it also offers them the chance to explore and boost their confidence.

9. Concordia International School – Shanghai, China

9. Concordia International School GÇô Shanghai, China

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Concordia International School gracefully splits the skyline in Shanghai, China. International architecture and design firm Perkins Eastman designed the center, which boasts state-of-the-art and environmentally friendly facilities. The school covers 129,200 square feet (12,760 square meters) and contains 20 classrooms, a world language lab, various instruction rooms and four science classrooms. Geothermal technology was implemented in its construction, with the aim of reducing energy costs by as much as 25 to 30 percent. Green roofs also cut down on heating and cooling costs, while natural ventilation and sunlight further add to the school’s eco-conscious design. The project was completed in 2010, following a ten-year planning, design and construction process.

8. Marysville Getchell High School – Marysville, Washington

8. Marysville Getchell High School GÇô Washington, USA

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Marysville Getchell High School is situated in Marysville, Washington. Described as a “learning community,” the complex was opened in 2010 and is made up of four smaller schools: the Bio-Med Academy, the International School of Communications, the Academy of Construction and Engineering, and the School for the Entrepreneur. Each school is housed in its own building, but they all center on a shared courtyard. The design was envisaged with an eye to the guiding principles of the schools’ programs, such as relationships, accountability and community. The Seattle wing of international architectural firm the DLR Group designed the school, which features several energy efficiency measures – for example, the structure uses windows and shading instead of a mechanical system to provide cooling. Each building also offers flexible teaching and learning thanks to movable walls and furniture on wheels.

7. Park View School – Birmingham, England

7. Park View School GÇô Birmingham, England

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This unique school is located in Birmingham in England’s West Midlands. The Park View High School’s open corridors – complete with vertical wood slats – provide a visually interesting contrast to its previous incarnation as, in the words of one journalist, “a labyrinth of brick and concrete.” Architectural firm Haworth Tompkins extensively revitalized the aging and poorly maintained complex in 2012. Director of Haworth Tompkins, Graham Haworth, said the original conglomeration of buildings had problems – such as overfull corridors and little daylight – that are typical of many UK schools. However, Haworth said that “by working with the existing building stock, ‘de-silting’ it, introducing creative additions, and making simple but thoughtful improvements to the whole, a first-class learning environment can be created.”

6. Pacific Ridge High School – San Diego, California

6. Pacific Ridge High School GÇô San Diego, USA

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Pacific Ridge High School is located in Carlsbad in North San Diego County, California. Its new high school building was designed in collaboration with architectural practice Carrier Johnson + Culture and was opened in 2010. Both the high school building and the groundbreaking athletic center meet LEED Gold standards, and the site boasts renewable energy technology, abundant natural lighting and reduced water usage. Pacific Ridge High is known for its rigorous scholarship and seminar-style learning methods. One parent said, “I find that it really excels in academics – without compromising the service. The teachers are incredible – they give countless hours of their own time to help students and run events, are always available to talk to about anything and are some of the most motivated and inspirational people I have ever met.”

5. Fitzroy High School – Melbourne, Australia

5. Fitzroy High School GÇô Melbourne, Australia

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Fitzroy High School in Melbourne, Australia is an exuberant landmark for the surrounding community. Architectural firm McBride Charles Ryan chose the eye-catching brickwork after seeing similar patterns on nearby houses. Sections of the interior can be partitioned off with high curtains, while the flat, accessible roof looks perfect for outdoor learning. Special attention has also been paid to ventilation and natural lighting. And the school contains science labs, a drama studio, a kitchen garden and a sporting complex. The new building was completed in 2009, and in 2010 it won a Dulux Colour Award as well as the annual Australian Institute of Architecture Victorian Chapter Award.

4. Emidio Navarro Secondary School – Almada, Portugal

4. Emidio Navarro Secondary School GÇô Almada, Portugal

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The original Emidio Navarro Secondary School in Almada, Portugal was built in the 1950s as a technical school, before later being transformed into a high school. Thanks to funds provided by a modernization program, architect José Laranjeira was able to remodel the school between 2008 and 2010. Much of the original structure was maintained and respected, but improvements were also made to the existing facility. A new building now features laboratories and computation technical rooms, as well as mechanical, electronic and electric workshops, and the upper floor of the building contains an auditorium and teachers’ offices. The outside areas also went through quite an extensive remodeling process to include recreational and sports facilities.

3. Nigel Peck Centre (Melbourne Grammar School) – Melbourne, Australia

3. Nigel Peck Centre (Melbourne Grammar School) GÇô Melbourne, Australia

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The Nigel Peck Centre for Learning and Leadership is part of boarding and day school Melbourne Grammar in Australia. The center was designed by John Wardle Architects and features a number of interconnected pavilions. The mostly glazed facade allows community members to look inside but also students to look out. This quality was intended to create “an outward-focused learning environment.” Affording students such spacious views of the surrounding area may encourage them to mentally connect their learning to the world outside, especially the city and its history. As the Melbourne Grammar School website puts it, the school “is designed to help students become self-reliant, capable young adults.”

2. Bertha von Suttner School – Vienna, Austria

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Bertha von Suttner School is an elementary and lower secondary educational facility for students between the ages of six and 18 that have disabilities, behavioral problems and psychological disorders. The school is located in the town of Schwechat, in southeast Vienna, and its glass building is bright and welcoming. Students enjoy activities such as painting, cooking, handicrafts, physical therapy, gardening and working with computers. Additional features include a special room where children can relax on a waterbed and enjoy soothing fiber optic lighting. Elsewhere, sliding panels in the roof control the amount of sunlight that enters the building, and the sloping roof cuts out exterior noise and insulates the interior against the cold. The Bertha von Suttner School was designed by Vienna-based architectural firm fasch&fuchs and was completed in 2006.

1. Inderkum High School – Sacramento, California

1. Inderkum High School GÇô California, USA

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Inderkum High School in Sacramento, California was designed by locally based firm Nacht & Lewis Architects for the Natomas Unified School District and was completed in 2004. The building is highly energy efficient and uses electricity-generating photovoltaic panels, a geothermal ground loop system, low-velocity cooling displacement and radiant slab heating. Four academic pods extend from the central glass atrium, housing laboratories for physics, biology, chemistry, biotechnology and earth science. The building itself has been called “beautiful,” and one parent said that the “facilities are top notch and so are the faculty and students.”

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Career Outlook For Teachers http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/career-outlook-for-teachers/ Sun, 28 Jul 2013 19:07:42 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=319 Become a teaching is an admirable and compassionate career path to travel down. For some, it’s something that they want to do their entire lives. For others, its something they stumble upon while working with kids. And for a select few, it can even be a second career after years doing something else. No matter […]

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Become a teaching is an admirable and compassionate career path to travel down. For some, it’s something that they want to do their entire lives. For others, its something they stumble upon while working with kids. And for a select few, it can even be a second career after years doing something else. No matter what made you decide that you want to be a teacher, there are hardly any other jobs in the world that are as valuable to the future of the planet. Many times, you often see your students for more time than they see their parents, which makes you a valuable asset into their developmental process. As a teacher, you have the potential to lead a student down a path of excellence or greatness, or make them feel as if they are just another fish in the sea.

If you are considering a position in teaching, here are some things to consider before you start down the career path.

Educational Requirements

Depending on the level that you want to teach will certainly depend on the requirements that you must get. For K-12 positions, a bachelor’s degree is going to be necessary. Now where this gets tricky is based on the subject that you would like to teach. For example, a degree in English probably won’t make you the best math teacher, and vice versa. However, if you have a degree in English, you’d probably make a stellar English teacher, and the same can be said for math, science and other subjects.

Some people believe that they must have a degree in education to be a teacher. While this can be the case for some positions, it is not necessarily true for everyone. Instead, if you have a degree in a major that is applicable to a subject in school, than you can get other certifications and licenses that will allow you to teach. One exam that teachers will be required to take is the PRAXIS exam, and chances are your state or district will have individual requirements as well.

If you want to teach at the university level, you will likely need a doctorate, Masters or PhD. Often times, those who want to teach at the university level can get a position student teaching while they work towards their post-grad degree, which makes the transition into a full time easier (as well as a bit more financially friendly).

If you are interested in being a teacher, than consider the level you would like to work with, and then figure out the requirements for that specific level.

What A Job In Teaching Looks Like

Now before you go out and start changing your educational path to be a teacher, you should probably decide if a teacher’s day-to-day life is right for you. Again, all levels are different, but this is a general outline.

For elementary school teachers, you are going to be working with the same students for majority of the day. This means that you must lesson-plan for the entire day for your students, in a variety of subjects. But don’t worry, when students go to additional subjects like gym or music, is the perfect time for you to plan your lessons.

As for middle and high school teachers, they can expect to deal with the same students, much less frequently. Teachers in middle school and high school often teach specific subjects and the students they have will change throughout the day. And like elementary school teachers, middle and high school teachers will also get class periods off which can be used to prep and plan. However at the middle and high school levels, you also have to account for students who may want to come to your room and have additional help with the assigned homework.

If you are looking to only work a few classes a week, and spend the rest of your time doing research for your personal projects and grading a handful of papers, a college professor is the perfect teaching job for you. While not everyone works well with older college-aged students, it certainly offers its own benefits with great hours and a modest course-load. Imagine your schedule back in college, but this time instead of doing the papers, you’re the one assigning them.

Deciding what level you would work best with will give you a better idea of what your daily schedule looks like. But if you manage your time well, you can expect to have plenty of time during the day to plan your classes for your students, while still getting out at the same time as they do in the early afternoon with the rest of your day ahead of you.

Best Places To Work and Expected Salaries

It’s long been said that teachers don’t get paid enough for the impact that they have on children and the future of this world. This is as true of a statement that there is and this can be one of the leading reasons that people don’t go into education careers. However, if you are willing to take risks and use your time right, you can make a living from being a teacher, and still get the emotional reward of knowing that you are impacting lives in ways that few others can.

The first thing you’ll want to ask yourself when looking at jobs is what’s more important, location or salary? If you are simply looking to make a paycheck of $30,000-$40,000, you can teach in places where education is in high demand. However, this often happens in school districts where teacher turnover rate is high, either because of a poor administration or less than stellar effort given by the students. While some teachers may look at this as a less than desirable position, others look at this to define who they really are. Teaching is about making an impact and difference in children’s lives; and there are few better places to do so than in trouble school districts and poverty stricken neighborhoods.

Teaching positions at more desirable schools are harder to come by and pay much less. A first year teacher can request $25,000-$30,000, depending on their experience. While this will go up with time and experience, you’ll certainly never get rich as an educator. That is, unless you factor in the amount of free time that you’ll have outside of work. Many people fail to realize that being a teacher means you get a load of break time, as well as calling it a day around 3 or 4 in the afternoon. This leaves teachers with plenty of time to take up a second job. Even if the second job is something you do more because you enjoy it. While teaching is something you do because it pays the bills, the combination of the two paychecks can go a long way and make the lack of income from being a teacher, be less of a financial burden.

Professor’s salaries can also vary quite a bit. When you first start out, you wont make much more than $40,000 a year. However, with time and experience, this can go up much more quickly than at primary schools. Furthermore, professors should factor in books, research, and more that they will do on the side, and the income they will make from those ventures.

Something To Consider

No matter where you live in the world, its somewhat expected of you to get a job right after you have completed school (whether it be high school or college). However, for some people, they aren’t at a point where they know exactly what they want to do with their lives. If teaching is something you are on the fence about and you come from an English speaking country, consider teaching abroad in countries where English is in high demand. Not only are these jobs relatively easy to come by, some even pay very good salaries and often provide accommodations and even a flight to your new country of work. The best part of this decision is that while many people get funneled into their 9-5 jobs, you get the chance to explore a different country and see a different educational system and what works and doesn’t work.

Not only can you use this time abroad to make money and explore, but you can also use it to see if teaching is a career you could see yourself doing for the rest of your life. And well, if it ends up not being what you like, than you can go back home and decide what to do from there. But these two options are the only possibilities. Instead, you may fall in love with the place you teach and decide to move there permanently.

Conclusion

There is a lot to consider before deciding to be a teacher. For some, it’s vacation time and getting off in the early afternoon everyday. For others, it’s getting paid to do something you enjoy. And for others, it’s having a long lasting impact on children and their views on the world. Consider the information in this content to help you make a decision. And don’t forget, if you’re not ready to commit to your own country, you’re plane is waiting for you.

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10 Awesomely Inspiring Kindergarten Buildings http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/10-awesomely-inspiring-kindergarten-buildings/ Mon, 08 Jul 2013 13:20:24 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=298 Image Source According to education website Education.com, kids generally spend around 4,000 hours in classrooms between kindergarten and the third grade, while babies spend as many as 12,000 hours in childcare facilities. Research shows that environments impact on our intellectual, social and physical development, and when you consider the amount of kids’ time that’s taken […]

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According to education website Education.com, kids generally spend around 4,000 hours in classrooms between kindergarten and the third grade, while babies spend as many as 12,000 hours in childcare facilities. Research shows that environments impact on our intellectual, social and physical development, and when you consider the amount of kids’ time that’s taken up in nurseries and kindergartens, it makes sense that creative architecture and design can be pretty significant. As the National Scientific Council of the Developing Child puts it, “Just as a lack of the right materials can result in blueprints that change, the lack of appropriate experiences can lead to alterations in genetic plans.” With this in mind, let’s take a look at 10 inspiring kindergarten buildings from around the world.

10. Crèche de la Girafe – Paris, France

10. Cre¦Çche de la Girafe GÇô Paris, France

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Located in the western suburbs of Paris, France, Crèche de la Girafe certainly stands out from the surrounding buildings. Completed in 2012, this childcare center was designed by Paris-based architectural firm Hondelatte Laporte Architects. The idea behind the design was to create a building that looked as if it was influenced by a child’s imagination.

The massive giraffe pictured above isn’t the only animal incorporated into the building’s design: a polar bear stands guard in the playground, and ladybugs scamper up the front of the structure. What kid wouldn’t enjoy walking between the giraffe’s stately legs whilst on their way to and from class? Crèche de la Girafe not only brings the urban jungle to life, it also offers students a playful storybook environment in which to learn and play.

9. Educational Center – Granada, Spain

9. Educational Center GÇô Granada, Spain

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In 2010, Spanish architect Alejandro Muñoz Miranda created this spectacular kindergarten, which combines space, light and color to brilliant effect. The colored glass makes for an imaginative and truly dazzling educational environment, for as the light changes throughout the day, so too do the hues shining through. The Educational Center is located in El Chaparral in Spain’s Granada province. Plenty of Colour writer Chloé Douglas says that the design “feels like an interpretation of a child’s paint palette that seamlessly marries modern architecture with childlike wonder.”

The outdoor covered playground acts as the building’s focal point and suggests that play is an integral part of the learning process. This play area also connects the classrooms, kitchen and gym via the kindergarten’s colorful corridors. And thanks to movable partitions, classrooms can be linked to form larger spaces for group activities. The facility is for children aged up to three years old and was commissioned by the city hall of Albolote.

8. Fuji Kindergarten – Tokyo, Japan

8. Fuji Kindergarten GÇô Tokyo, Japan

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Built around a tree, this striking kindergarten building was designed by Tokyo-based Tezuka Architects in 2007. The building is part of Fuji Kindergarten, which is situated in the west Tokyo city of Tachikawa. Resembling a treehouse, the environment was created as a safe place for children to play in and wait for the school bus – and it also doubles as a space for English language classes.

Enclosed in glass, the structure is purposely devoid of desks, allowing kids to learn and explore without typical classroom constraints. Writing for Italian design site Domus, Salvator-John Liotta describes the “Ring Around the Tree” building as “a visual turbine driven by the energy of childhood and nature.”

7. Fagerborg Kindergarten – Oslo, Norway

7. Fagerborg Kindergarten GÇô Oslo, Norway

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Fagerborg Kindergarten in Oslo, Norway combines a rustic, wooden outer design with bright, airy, modern interiors and light-filled stairways. The work of local architectural firm Reiulf Ramstad Architects, the building was completed in 2011 and was designed to create a stimulating atmosphere for young students. Its unusual shape and scattered windows foster a warm and playful environment. The design is sure to help make a child’s first educational experience away from their family a positive one, while the surroundings and architecture could well have a positive effect on their development.

The building includes four classrooms – two for children aged one to three, and two for three- to six-year-olds. Plus, the site has a common area and a kitchen as well as an outdoor space to encourage playing in the open air.

6. Els Colors – Barcelona, Spain

6. Els Colors GÇô Barcelona, Spain

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The colorful and unique kindergarten known as Els Colors Nursery is located in the municipality of Manlleu, in Barcelona, Spain. Completed in 2002, the building was conceived by Catalonian RCR Architects. The design is relatively simple, yet it’s RCR’s creative use of color that really brings the place to life.

The combination of colored glass walls and long hallways makes Els Colors practically brim with possibilities and energy. It’s a cheerful, imaginative and pleasantly spacious area where children can let their imaginations blossom. Even the wall heights are specifically tailored to a child’s perspective, creating a fun environment that’s quite different to the adult world kids inhabit.

5. Aadharshila Vatika – New Delhi, India

5. Aadharshila Vatika GÇô New Delhi, India

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Thanks to a playful design that includes rainbow colors and oversized pencils, Aadharshila Vatika Kindergarten in Delhi, India almost looks as though it belongs in a cartoon. Space Architects came up with the design, and it was completed in 2007. The kindergarten is intended for children between two and a half and five years of age, and as well as classrooms, it features an activity room, a medical office and a dance and music area.

Outside, a large playground and swimming pool add even more fun to the facility, while the interior of the building caters perfectly to its young occupants with “Disneyland colors.” The reception is open and welcoming thanks to a storybook mural, bright colors and a ceiling painted with clouds – and kids’ paintings on the walls add an extra childlike touch to the environment. Aadharshila Vatika emphasizes the importance of “fun that has cognitive value, and games that have educational importance.”

4. Kindergarten Wolfartsweier – Karlsruhe, Germany

4. Kindergarten Wolfartsweier GÇô Karlsruhe, Germany

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Kindergarten Wolfartsweier in Karlsruhe, Germany is one cool cat of an educational center. Renowned French artist and writer Jean-Thomas “Tomi” Ungerer designed the unique structure in partnership with architect Ayla Suzan Yöndel. Children enter the school through the mouth of the cat and can exit via a slide – which looks delightfully like a tail – at the back. A welcoming red carpet represents the cat’s tongue, while natural daylight fills the building by way of the feline’s round eyes.

Opened in February 2002, after roughly a year of construction, the kindergarten is playful, bright and plastered with artwork. Classrooms, a lunch hall and a cloakroom sit inside the belly of the cat, the main room is found in the animal’s head, and there’s a play area at the rear of the building.

3. Sarreguemines Nursery – Lorraine, France

3. Sarreguemines Nursery GÇô Lorraine, France

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Sarreguemines Nursery is located in the commune that gives it its name in Lorraine, northeastern France. The building is designed to mimic a human cell, and it features curved shapes, with harsh edges notably absent. Inside, the kindergarten is characterized by light, sweeping walls and varying ceiling heights. Light shades of pink give the building an intentionally womb-like feel, and the idea of safety, calmness and protection is underlined by the emphasis on organic, curved lines.

Architects Michel Grasso and Paul Le Quernec designed Sarreguemines Nursery. Each playroom has its own outdoor area, and there’s a circular lobby in the center of the structure. Despite being situated next to a busy road, this kindergarten is a safe haven where kids can enjoy playing and learning in a tranquil environment.

2. Loop Kindergarten – Tianjin, China

2. Loop Kindergarten GÇô Tianjin, China

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SAKO architects designed this donut-shaped kindergarten in the Chinese city of Tianjin. Completed in 2012, the three-story structure is color-coded – a pretty cool idea. As well as creating an aesthetically pleasing space in which to play and study, the color-coding provides children with an important locational frame of reference in the facility.

Rounded edges and bright colored pillars add a sense of movement and cheer to Loop Kindergarten, while windows and glass walls afford the classrooms ample natural light. Meanwhile, the roof of the building is covered with artificial grass and offers additional playground space. Kindergarten plays an important role in helping children to gain social skills, and this inspiring example supplies plenty of room for kids to run around in, use their imaginations and make friends.

1. Ecole Maternelle Pajol – Paris, France

1. Ecole Maternelle Pajol GÇô Paris, France

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Ecole Maternelle Pajol is located on Rue Pajol in Paris, France. In 2011, the building underwent major renovations in order to transform the 1940s structure into the beautiful kindergarten we see today. Rainbow colors explode across the ground and the side of the building, making for a play area that really catches the eye – and captures the imagination.

The interior is no less vibrant and features a range of geometric shapes as well as lots of different textures – including rubber, metal and wood – to inspire and stimulate children’s senses. There’s even a bit of fun in the bathroom, with snail-shaped dividers used to separate each lavatory. French architectural firm Palatre & Leclère carried out the renovations, and according to architect Olivier Palatre, the goal of the overhaul was to create an environment that would inspire and support both kids and staff.

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Five Free Online Educational Lectures And Courses For Teachers http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/five-free-online-educational-lectures-and-courses-for-teachers/ Thu, 20 Jun 2013 01:21:26 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=276 Being a teacher can be both demanding and rewarding at the same time. The demand comes in when marking papers, ensuring everyone understands a concept, and learning new concepts at the same time. However, unlike other kinds of jobs, teaching has no retirement limits, and that might be one of the reasons why everyone seemingly […]

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Being a teacher can be both demanding and rewarding at the same time. The demand comes in when marking papers, ensuring everyone understands a concept, and learning new concepts at the same time. However, unlike other kinds of jobs, teaching has no retirement limits, and that might be one of the reasons why everyone seemingly becomes a teacher of some sort after retirement.

With the advent of the internet, teaching has taken a completely different turn. More and more people can now become teachers, and students don’t have to be glued to classrooms for them to get education. Both new and old teachers can perfect their skills and increase their knowledge by relying on free resources found on the internet.

Listed below are five free online resources where teachers can perfect their teaching skills.

1. Edutopia – Teacher Development: Starter Kit for Teaching Online

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If you want jump into the online world and start an online teaching career, Edutopia is a great place to start. Its Starter Kit for Teaching Online equips teachers with basic skills on what online learning is all about and provides them with a foundation on which they can become great teachers in the online world.

The fun thing about Edutopia is that it incorporates quality resources from various universities and websites, resulting into a rich source of information for teachers who basically want to get to know where to start with teaching online.

One thing that you should know about online teaching is that it is usually advised that before a teacher plunges into the world of online teaching, he/she must have a sort of pre-experience so as to find the whole process easy. On that note, Edutopia ensures that you have plenty of free online tools for perfecting what you learn online.

If you would want to follow this path in your quest to become a better online tutor, you can visit this link to register for the free online course about how to teach online.

2. Thirteen Ed Online – Cooperative and Collaborative Learning

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Thirteen Ed Online is yet another fantastic place to further your teaching skills at your own pace. It offers a number of free workshops which allow current teachers to become better at what they do.

Thirteen Ed Online’s Cooperative and Collaborative Learning enables instructors to learn about different ways of enhancing the learning experience of students by introducing them to group work. In this free online course, a teacher is presented with some of the advantages of having his/her students divided into small and manageable groups.

Additionally, this course helps teachers to learn effective ways on how to improve the performance of weaker students.

Thirteen Ed Online also offers teachers with yet another free online workshop course called Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences. This course is partly similar to Cooperative and Collaborative Learning, however, Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences focuses more on making all the students good in the fields that they enjoy.

In this course, a teacher learns about the nine different types of intelligences and how to unearth hidden potentials from students. Besides that, teachers have also been included with a free resource that allows them to earn a professional credit that is recognized beyond the website.

You can enroll for the free Cooperative and Collaborative Learning from Thirteen Ed Online here. Moreover, you can also check out Thirteen Ed’s Tapping Into Multiple Intelligences course.

3. The Open University – Careers Education and Guidance

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Tethering a student to a career that is not within his/her interests can cause disastrous effects in a student’s future. While it is common for society to expect a student to know what he/she wants in the long run, a good number of students all over the world don’t know which career options they have, and they might end up choosing wrong careers if not guided.

The Open University offers free course materials which help teachers become better advisers in the topic of careers. The Careers Education and Guidance is packed with plenty of resources such as videos, interactive games, and articles which in turn help teachers to discover new ways of guiding their students as they explore the different careers that await them in the outside world.

Besides Careers Education and Guidance, The Open University also has another free course that is equally useful for teachers who want to ensure that the students enjoy the learning process.

Using Film Music in the Classroom allows teachers to learn effective way of using videos to enable students to master what they were taught in class.

Potential instructors can also benefit from this course since it shows them the connection between music and image and the importance of incorporating the two in a learning process.

Though these courses are particularly helpful for teachers who advice students on their career paths, it is worth noting that while these two courses are still non-academic credit courses.

For the Careers Education and Guidance, click here.
For the course Using Film Music in the Classroom, visit here.

4. University of California – Irvine – Building the Parent Teacher connection

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As a teacher, the student is not your only concern when it comes to education, but parents too. Building the Parent-Teacher Connection is thus a useful non-credit course that enables teachers to learn how to cooperate with the parent so as to ensure that the student is the ultimate beneficiary.

The hour-long video provides teachers with some of the basic things that might be overlooked while discussing about a student’s performance, behavior, or even attitude.

Apart from Building the Parent-Teacher Connection, the University of California-Irvine also has another free and credited course called the Gifted and Talented Education Seminar Series.

Basically, this is targeted at helping teachers understand different ways of dealing with talented and gifted students in their classes. It is a four-part series that establishes how to support gifted students, and it also comes with images and audio to help along with illustration.

Teachers who have run out of ideas on how to effectively teach differentiation to their students will enjoy the free non-credit course – What Differentiation should Look Like. Though it is an hour-long video, it enlightens teachers with new ideas on how to make differentiation seem easy and manageable to students who are having a hard time with it.

Here are the links to the free teaching courses offered by the University of California-Irvine:
What Differentiation Should Look Like
Building the Parent-teacher Connection
Gifted & Talented Education Seminar

5. University of Southern Queensland – Teaching Students with Special Needs

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In any learning institution, teachers often come across students that require special attention maybe due to physical or mental disabilities. While it may not be too demanding to teach students with special needs, some background knowledge will actually make things much easier.

Teaching Students with Special Needs is a course offered by the University of Southern Queensland that prepares teachers to deal with students of all ages who suffer from behavioral problems.

This course not only looks at ways of detecting the particular students that need special attention, but it also enables the teachers to learn more about the corrective management model.

After completing this OpenCourseWare class, however, a teacher will not receive any credit whatsoever, but judging by its importance, this is one course that will benefit teachers of all kind.
You can enroll for this free online course by visiting this link.

All in all, there exist hundreds of online courses that could help teachers become better at teaching. These courses could be in any field such as Engineering, Medicine, or even Business. However, without learning about effective ways of teaching, you really won’t be enriching your students with knowledge. Knowing how to deal with all kinds of students in your class and determining effective ways to make each and every student to learn with a passion is one way to become a better teacher.

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The Top 10 Online Education Administration Graduate Programs http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/top-online-education-administration-graduate-programs/ Wed, 27 Mar 2013 06:00:00 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=246 School administrators like principals and superintendents guide the overall direction of education at primary and secondary schools. Becoming a school administrator, requires extensive teaching experience, rigorous education credentials, and sometimes a state issued competency test for licensure. Graduate degree programs in education administration help prepare teaching professionals for state licensure requirements and real world success. […]

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School administrators like principals and superintendents guide the overall direction of education at primary and secondary schools. Becoming a school administrator, requires extensive teaching experience, rigorous education credentials, and sometimes a state issued competency test for licensure. Graduate degree programs in education administration help prepare teaching professionals for state licensure requirements and real world success.

Ranking the Best Online Education Administration Graduate Degree Programs


When teaching professionals seek entrance and promotion within the school administration career field, they often choose online schools that allow them to continue working as teachers while they earn their graduate degrees. Here is a list of the top graduate level online educational administration programs based upon flexible curriculum format, school and program reputation, and best value for the price.

#1 University of Nebraska at Kearney – Master of Education in Education Administration

Overview: The University of Nebraska at Kearney earned this ranking because it’s Educational Administration master’s program includes a flexible curriculum, an excellent ranking, and a comparatively reasonable price. This school offers a variety of graduate Education Administration degree programs. The four main specialties include School Principals, Supervisor of Special Education, Curriculum Supervisor, and School Superintendent. These programs often require students to participate in 36 credit hours of study, mentored internships, and field studies.

Price Tag: $393 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: University of Nebraska at Kearney’s graduate online Educational Administration degree program ranked eighth in the nation out of 143 schools meeting the criteria set by U.S. News and World Reports. This school’s online educational administration programs received top ranking for two consecutive years.

#2 University of Texas at Arlington – Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Study

Overview: The University of Texas at Arlington’s education degree program earned this ranking because of its reputation for excellence and its affordable price. For teachers desiring to advance into junior high and middle school administration careers, the University of Texas at Arlington’s Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership and Policy Study has a stellar reputation for producing quality educational professionals. This program has a 95% pass rate for the state’s principal certification exam, and the school is recognized as a research center of excellence in advance teaching.

Price Tag: $273.33 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: This program offers some amazing financial aid benefits including an $8,000 grant opportunity as well as loan forgiveness eligibility.

#3 Arizona State University – Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Overview: Arizona State University earned this ranking because of its affordable price and curriculum format that includes internships. Curriculum development and educational leadership skill are the main features of Arizona State University’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership degree program. Students complete 36 credit hours in community relations, education research and evaluation methods, and educational leadership that prepare them for state principal positions or supervision licensure.

Price Tag: $292 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: Teaching professionals gain a real world experience through education administration internships with the schools for which they are employed.

#4 University of Cincinnati – Master of Education in Educational Leadership

Overview: The University of Cincinnati earned this ranking primarily because of the excellent reputation of its program demonstrated by its state principal licensure pass rate. The University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership program is a broad-based, comprehensive educational administration degree that includes coursework in school finance, regulatory issues, and educational innovations that serve as a benchmark for effective change in today’s educational environment.

Price Tag: $467.00 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: Educators participating in the University of Cincinnati’s Master of Education in Educational Leadership have a 100% pass rate for their state’s principal licensure exam.

#5 American College of Education – Master of Science in Educational Leadership

Overview: American College of Education earned this ranking because it has the lowest price of all schools ranked and a dual degree opportunity. This school’s Master of Science in Educational Leadership degree program teaches the principles of leadership at the administrative, instructional, and community levels. The program prepares educators for promotion within schools and districts.

Price Tag: $215 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: American College of Education offers a dual degree program in Curriculum and Instruction for those pursuing a Master of Science in Educational Leadership.

#6 Concordia University Portland – Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership

Overview: Concordia University Portland earned this ranking due to its flexible curriculum format. This program’s course format allows students to participate when they have time. Courses reflect issues such as education reform, human resources, financial management, and the latest techniques for educational research.

Price Tag: $620 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: Courses in Concordia University Portland’s Master of Education degree in Educational Leadership last for only five weeks instead of the customary ten weeks. This abbreviated format allows students to finish the degree program in a year instead of two years. Additionally, students turn in class work assignments when they want without the constraints of deadlines as they pursue their degrees while maintaining their full-time teaching positions.

#7 Liberty University – Masters in Education Administration

Overview: Liberty University earned this ranking because of its comprehensive course materials and internship opportunities. While Liberty University has a variety of graduate level degree programs in teaching, the one that most appropriately prepares teaching professionals for a school administrative role is the Master of Education specializing in Administration and Supervision. This comprehensive, 36 credit hour program prepares educators for careers as principals or assistant principals by training them on topics like school financial management, leadership and community public relations, and legal issues facing schools today. While the program is mainly taught online, students must appear on campus three times for additional in person interaction with professors and classmates.

Price Tag: $535 per credit hour, $25 intensive fee

Unique Characteristics: Liberty’s M.Ed. In Administration and Education features an internship program with an approved educational institution that helps students reinforce in a live setting what they have learned in the theoretical classroom environment.

#8 Keiser University – Master of Science in Educational Administration

Overview: Keiser University earned its ranking because of its affordable price and opportunity to pursue higher education administration through specialization. Keiser’s Master of Science in Educational Administration prepares educators to use the latest technology tools and techniques to design curricula and conduct educational research. Its 36 credit hour course culminates in either an internship or a directed research project as chosen by the student. Online Education Database ranked Keiser University’s E-Campus 11th out of 44 evaluated online universities.

Price Tag: $391 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: The private, non-profit university offers intimate class sizes ensuring adequate attention from professors. Additionally, students choose from three specializations including Teaching and Learning, Leadership, and College Administration for those with aspirations of higher education administration.

#9 Capella University – Master of Science in Leadership in Education Administration

Overview: Capella University earned this ranking because of its program’s excellent reputation. The Educational Leadership Constituent Council recognized Capella University’s Master of Science in Leadership in Education Administration degree program as one that meets its nationally recognized standards. Realizing that even talented administrators do not become successful on their own, the Capella program focuses on training leadership skills needed to draw all educators into the mutual pursuit of organizational success. The program features 46 credit hours of educational management and leadership training designed to help educators cultivate motivating visions for their organizations that are shared and cultivated by all stakeholders.

Price Tag: $420 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: The Master of Science in Leadership in Education Administration at Capella prepares educators for careers in higher education administration in addition to primary and secondary school careers as principals and superintendents.

#10 Kaplan University – Masters in Education

Overview: Kaplan University earned this ranking because of its relatively low price. Kaplan University strives to cultivate educators interested in customizing the educational experience for their students and the teachers who will support them. The Masters in Education specializing in Educational Leadership program reflects this objective and includes courses like curriculum development, aspects of diversity, student performance assessments, and resource management.

Price Tag: $385.00 per credit hour

Unique Characteristics: Students attending today’s schools have different learning styles; some are in need of special education services and others are exceptionally gifted. This program teaches educators how to recognize and embrace those differences within their organization’s student body.

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The Best Countries To Teach English Abroad http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/teach-english-abroad/ Fri, 01 Mar 2013 11:00:37 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=235 Teaching English abroad can be both personally and professionally rewarding. This is especially true for those who are really passionate about teaching. Countries like Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mexico offer great jobs for those who want to teach English abroad. In the past few decades, teaching English as a second […]

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Teaching English abroad can be both personally and professionally rewarding. This is especially true for those who are really passionate about teaching. Countries like Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Czech Republic, Saudi Arabia and Mexico offer great jobs for those who want to teach English abroad.

In the past few decades, teaching English as a second language abroad has become a great option for many Americans. This is because it offers them the opportunity to earn money, see the world and explore different customs and cultures. Typically, ESL teachers must have at least a bachelor’s degree. However, they may also be allowed to teach even without one in some places as long as they are able to obtain an accredited TEFL or TESOL certifications.

The following are countries that Americans often go to teach English along with their pros and cons.

South Korea

South Korea has one of the largest English teaching markets in the world. This is mainly because of the South Korean government’s effort to improve English skills in children and adults. About 2,000 to 3,000 jobs open almost every month for ESL teachers. Today, big companies in the country prefer applicants who have good written and verbal English skills.

What is great about working as an ESL teacher in South Korea is that jobs are available the whole year round. Salaries are generous at around $1,800 to $2,200 every month depending on the exchange rate. Tax is only 5 percent. Applicants in the United States may be offered free airfare if they qualify for the chance to live a comfortable lifestyle in South Korea. ESL teachers may have to work from 25 to 30 hours a week. They receive paid vacations and holiday benefits.

When it comes to salary and work environment, nothing beats South Korea. Most companies in the country will pay for the teacher’s accommodation, airfare and other benefits. This is why many American instructors prefer to work in South Korea. South Koreans are prompt with payments, and instructors can stretch their income a lot compared to other countries.

Japan

Japan has one of the longest traditions when it comes to hiring English teachers. This is because the government demands that English is taught in public schools from age five until high school. ESL teaching jobs are also available in Japan the whole year round. English teachers receive an average monthly pay of $2,500 to $2,800.

Depending on the school or program, housing benefits and accommodation may be paid or subsidized. ESL teachers in Japan may teach in private language schools, public schools and even large companies.

China

China’s English teaching market is also flourishing. It has become one of the most preferred destinations for native English speakers who wish to work as ESL instructors. The biggest advantage of working in China is that the pay is relatively high while the cost of living is low. With this, ESL teachers are able to enjoy a comfortable life.

English instructors who wish to work in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing should definitely have a bachelor’s degree and TEFL certification. In smaller towns and cities, even those who have not completed a degree may be qualified as long as they have a TEFL certification.

ESL teachers earn an average salary of $950 to $1,900 with a potential savings of $250 to $450 every month. Chinese English schools sometimes offer a one month bonus for teachers who completed their 12-month contract. The typical hiring process includes a phone or in-person interview.

The only problem that many ESL teachers face while working in China is that the majority of Chinese people can’t speak English. With this, it can be difficult for foreigners to communicate with people outside of school.

Thailand

Bangkok, Phuket, Chiang Mai and Pattaya are just some of the major cities in Thailand that demand a large number of English instructors. ESL teachers should have TEFL certification to work in Thailand. They can also find jobs all year. Unfortunately, Thailand offers less pay than the other Asian countries. American teachers only earn an average of $750 to $1000 monthly. Additionally, there is a high cost of living in areas like Phuket.

ESL teachers from the U.S. come to Thailand primarily to experience the culture and explore the country’s wonders. They usually teach English to extend their holiday in the country. One problem that ESL instructors are concerned about is the 90-day report. Immigration demands all foreigners to report to them every 90 days. Many teachers find this tedious and annoying.

Nevertheless, many ESL instructors find Thailand to be an interesting place to teach. Aside from the fact that Thailand is home to many famous beaches, Thais are also very friendly. Many Thais in tourist areas speak English, and this makes staying in the country a lot easier for foreign teachers.

Czech Republic

Recently, the demands for English teachers in Czech Republic has significantly increased. This is especially true in Prague during the months of September and January. ESL instructors may teach in private schools, foreign language schools and summer camps.

Czech Republic is an interesting country to teach English in. This is because of the many jobs available along with the flexible contracts offered. Among the drawbacks of working in Czech are the pay and the visas. ESL teachers who opt to work there have to go through a tedious process before they can work in the country. They have to present documents like bank statements to prove that they have money to support themselves.

Additionally, the pay is not enough for a comfortable lifestyle. Typically, teachers earn about $1,000 to $1,300. This is why many foreigners go to the country with exploring as their primary goal. Nevertheless, the Czech Republic is easy to acclimatize to for many American teachers.

Saudi Arabia

Qualified English teachers in Saudi Arabia can earn as much as $1,500 to $3,000 or more tax free every month. In addition, they get free health insurance, airfare and accommodation. However, expectations and qualifications for ESL instructors are relatively high. A lot of young Americans have been attracted to these offerings. Unfortunately, the country’s culture is particularly difficult to get accustomed to. There are stringent laws that prohibit people of opposite genders from talking and meeting both in public and private. In addition, alcohol is illegal in Saudi Arabia, and foreigners must live on compounds where they will have very little interaction with the local population outside of work.

Saudi culture is very conservative, and foreigners are not excused. Nevertheless, pay and compensation is better than in other countries. ESL teachers in Saudi Arabia have to go through a lengthy application and visa process that may take one to three months. English teaching jobs are available in large cities like Jeddah, Riyadh, Mecca, Dammam and Medina.

Mexico

Mexico also has high demand for ESL instructors. Many Americans come to Mexico to experience teaching English and the local culture. This is because Mexico is very close to the United States, and it is relatively easy to get there. There are a lot of teaching jobs available in the country. Unfortunately, they are often not attractive for American ESL instructors because of the very low pay. Nevertheless, it is very easy to get accustomed to the country.

Americans who want to go and teach English in Mexico often choose to work in local and international schools. This is because they usually provide better pay and benefits than working in language institutes and teaching private classes.

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10 Terrific TED Posts On Education http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/10-terrific-ted-posts-on-education/ Thu, 31 Jan 2013 07:04:06 +0000 http://www.besteducationdegrees.com/?p=225 For educators, parents or students who want to learn or be inspired TED Talks are an extremely valuable resource. TED talks are available on many different topics and are accessible and free to the public. Below are ten essential TED talks on education. 1. What’s We’re Learning From Online Education – Daphne Koller Koller touches […]

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For educators, parents or students who want to learn or be inspired TED Talks are an extremely valuable resource. TED talks are available on many different topics and are accessible and free to the public. Below are ten essential TED talks on education.

1. What’s We’re Learning From Online Education – Daphne Koller

Koller touches on the promise that online education can bring. Koller praises how accessible the online format makes education, as well as the cost-effectiveness. Koller suggests that universities use free online classes as a way to research the effectiveness of the classes. Koller points out that online learning allows short module units of eight to twelve minutes that each present specific concepts. Online learning also allows differentiated learning because students that require more background knowledge can watch or complete assignments that students with a base knowledge do not need.

2. The Child-Driven Education – Sugata Mitra

Mitra discusses how the best teaches and schools don’t exist in the places where they are most needed. He discusses an experiments that have been done across the world in places like New Delhi, South African and Italy where he has given kids self-supervised internet access. He talks about how the findings from these experiments can dramatically change the way we think about teaching. He argues the case the children are curious, and even in the absence of supervision can teach themselves and teach peers. He emphasizes curiosity as a motivation for learning.

3. Let’s Use This Video to Reinvent Education – Salman Khan

Khan talks about his creation of Khan Academy, a curriculum made up of videos. Khan originally created a series of videos teaching math but has since expanded to other subjects. Khan describes how “flipping” the classroom to reverse the order of homework and teaching, giving homework first then instruction can be a powerful learning tool. Students can watch lectures at home, and then do homework at school where there is help available from teachers.

4. Changing Education Paradigms – Ken Robinson

Robinson addresses the three problem causing trends of rising drop-out rates, the dwindling presence of the arts in schools, and ADHD. Robinson challenges the current systems and ways we are educating children, advocating an overhaul that acknowledges multiple intelligences and fosters creativity.

5. Teaching One Child at a Time – Shukla Bose

Bose argues that educating the poor isn’t just about mass statistics but each child should be viewed as an individual. She uses stories of her foundation, Parikrma Humanity Foundation, and how it has brought hope to children in India’s slums. Bose discusses the impact of looking past daunting statistics to help individual children.

6. Teaching With the World Peace Game – John Hunter

Hunter talks about his World Peace Game. The game involves laying the problems of the world out on a piece of plywood and letting fourth grade students attempt to solve them. In his talk he describes how the game engages kids and teaches complex lessons. It is a means of going further than classroom discussion, he argues. Hunter talks about how the game is always spontaneous and surprising when he plays it with groups of students.

7. Math Class Needs a Makeover – Dan Meyer

Meyer discusses how today’s math curriculum focuses heavily on classwork that shortchanges children on experiencing the problem solving and forming process. Meyer proposes various math exercises that he has tested in classrooms that promote learning that is heavy on student thinking instead of rote learning.

8. The 100,000 Student Classroom – Peter Norvig

Norvig, an American computer scientist, talks about what he has learned teaching a global classroom. He once taught 100,000 students over a webcast, while giving a lecture to 175 students who were physically present at Stanford. Norvig raises good points about teaching to a large, global audience.

9. Hands-on Science with Squishy Circuits – AnnMarie Thomas

Thomas gives a demo of how homemade play dough can be used to show electrical properties. Her talk is a fast-paced engaging demonstration of using the material and hands-on work to make kids circuit creators. Thomas shows that engineering can have a playful side and creativity with a hands-on approach can be a valuable tool.

10. How Games Make Kids Smarter – Gabe Zichermann

Zichermann shows the positive effects that games can have on kids. These effects include making kids better problem-solves and multi-taskers. He argues against the idea that kids have short attention spans, instead proposing that the pace of the world just moves too slowly for kids to stay engaged. Zicherman suggests that we should embrace and use video games, because they actually have the potential to make kids smarter.

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