From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis
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As teachers, we value education, and we want to improve what we know. But the problem for so many of us is that we have busy lives, with careers and children. While we want to improve our lives with education, we’re not ready to put everything on hold to do this.
Recently, I became familiar with a fascinating new online learning format called FlexPath from Capella University.
In this post, I’ll give you an example. Todd is a full-time teacher and dad. He is using FlexPath to truly personalize his Master of Education program in Teaching and Learning (M Ed). Because FlexPath is self-paced, it lets you fit school into your life – not the other way around.
I’ll also explain some of the aspects of this program, which I find really exciting.
Teachers No Longer Need to Struggle With Earning A Master’s
Maybe you’ve imagined an ideal master’s degree program for in-service teachers. In this fantasy program, there would be times when you could work a lot. (Say, during your spring break, holiday break, or summer break.) However, during busy times (like the first week of school or the end of the grading period), you step back. And even though your pace wouldn’t always be steady, you’d still make progress on your master’s.
But that’s all just a nice dream, isn’t it?
Well, that is exactly what Capella University is offering through FlexPath.
Capella’s Master of Education in Teaching and Learning degree program is available in two learning formats: a more structured format called GuidedPath, and the self-paced FlexPath format.
Capella’s Master of Education in Teaching and Learning FlexPath option is self-paced and completely competency-based. So this means, with FlexPath, you can earn your Master of Education in 12 months and under $9,500.*
In FlexPath, you pay for 12 weeks of class, and then you can complete as many classes as you want during that 12-week period. Depending on your life schedule and commitments, you can work at whatever pace is best for you.
As long as you’re not enrolling in more than two courses at once, there’s no limit to the number of courses you can complete for the cost of your flat 12-week tuition fee.
While you have some required foundational courses in the Master of Education Program, you can also personalize your learning. You can choose from a wide range of courses in teaching that focus on what you think is most relevant to your role and your goals as a teacher.
For example, someone who wants to become a curriculum director might take different courses than someone who wants to move into instructional technology.
Todd: A Teacher Earning his MEd through FlexPath
As I was investigating Capella’s MEd program, I wanted to look at some examples. I’ve embedded a video of Todd Boyer. Todd is a high school teacher who is earning his Master’s through FlexPath. He talks about how the program is working for him.
* Actual FlexPath Student who is compensated for appearing in this blog.
Todd is a great example of how teachers can truly earn their master’s degree on their time and on their budget. Follow more of Todd’s story here.
FlexPath is a groundbreaking way to bring personalized learning to a whole new level. Yes, it’s different from the traditional learning format where you log in for coursework every week. Even though you’re working online, you still have a contact at Capella who will be available to you as you go through the program.
For anyone who is very busy — teachers, people with families, professionals with demanding schedules — this ability to personalize your learning, leverage your teaching experience in the classroom, and move at your own pace while paying a flat tuition rate is a fantastic way to get your master’s degree.
I hope you’ll take a look at FlexPath from Capella University. To learn more about it, click here to get your free FlexPath guide.
* Based on fastest 10 per cent of students. Your program length and cost will vary by transfer credits, the per-session cost, and how quickly you complete courses. Books, supplies, and other fees may vary. The FlexPath option for this program is not currently eligible for V.A. benefits. Military Tuition Assistance (TA) is not available for FlexPath.
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