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Re: University of Phoenix Masters degree
Mary

    I, too, have an undergrad degree from a traditional school. A very
    respected school at that. And, because we are a military family, I cannot
    stay at a traditional University to earn my masters and credential. I
    have always wanted to teach, so the degree program from U of P is the most
    viable option. Mark, it is very discerning to hear some one speak so
    defiantly about hiring some one based solely on where they earned their
    degree as opposed to what they offer as a teacher. I am planning to start
    the U of P program next month and it will take 23 continuous months to
    complete. Don't kid yourself that it is any easier than a traditional
    University-it's simply a more technological format of learning. And, in
    the 23 months I will be required to spend 100 hours in classrooms
    observations as well as 12 weeks student teaching. I am determined to
    earn my degree so that I can pursue the career that I really
    want-teaching. If that means working my butt off to get a degree online,
    that's what I'm going to do. I only hope that when I begin interviewing,
    the interviewers are understanding and look beyond where I earned my MA,
    to what I can offer their students.On 4/06/08, It Works wrote:
    > Well Mark, I'm glad you were not doing my interview. I also have my
    > undergraduate from Valparaiso University, a very highly ranked and
    > REAL University. Plus, a degree is very important but it is not the
    > bottom line. Can you do the job? Do you have the necessary skills?
    >
    > The University of Phoenix was the only way I could do it. I was
    > working 40 hours a week and did not have the means to quit my job to
    > go to a traditional college. It is what I had to do to become
    > certified.
    >
    > Regardless of what you learn in the classroom, it is the experience
    > you get when you get your feet wet. Student Teaching is where you
    > learn a lot. Yes, I will admit, the University of Phoenix is probably
    > not the best place to go. However, Mark, you need to do your research
    > into what the person has to bring to the table and the experiences he
    > has gained. Would you not hire someone with 3 years of proven
    > outstanding experience because of the degree he has received?
    >
    >
    >
    >
    > On 3/29/08, Mark wrote:
    >> I'm surprised you could get a job with that degree. I would never
    >> hire someone with a degree from U of Phoenix...it isn't anywhere
    >> near the quality of a real degree from a real university.