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A Masters of Education for the Non-Educator
Obtaining a Master in Education for non-educators? At first glance this would appear to be problematic. After all, if one was geared toward education wouldn’t their discipline already be in the educational field? The answer is no, not necessarily. This discussion will demonstrate that what was once a very well defined area or discipline has now blossomed into an arena where board room and classroom intersect.
So there you are with a Baccalaureate degree in Psychology, Nursing, Business or Technology and you now feel called to be a part of the education community. Those movers and shakers we call teachers or administrators. You want to bring your passion into the classroom or the collegiate community and you wonder if and or how it can be done. If you already have one Masters degree then your transition is even more seamless.
First you should know that there is a new push for partnerships and collaborations between communities and disciplines. Your Baccalaureate degree is the first pre-requisite to making this move. You should then proceed to the college or university of your choice and do a little research on the degrees offered. This is as simple as going to their web page and looking at the education department for degrees and programs. There you will discover the names and requirements for each of the M. Ed programs. Once this is done you should go to the Department of Education web page to see what the requirements are for education certification in that state. This varies from state to state so it is important before making your degree choice. It is important to note here that if your aim is to work at the collegiate or university level that certification is not an issue but your degree and subsequent area of interest must coincide with your professional educational goal.
Many non-education graduates make a decision to pursue the Master of Education. The reasons vary from a desire to enter the classroom to wanting to assume administrative positions. Still others decide they want to become researchers. All of this plays a part in the decision making process for pursuit of the M.Ed degree. You may want to take some time to talk with college professionals to get a better understanding of how to integrate into the collegiate community.
The non-educator will find an environment that embraces their interest and this is evidenced by the number of changes in curriculum and degree offerings at the college and university level. For example the Master of Education in Instructional Technology would be an excellent partner for the information technologist. For the psychology major a natural partner would be the M.Ed in Educational Psychology or Educational Leadership. Yet another might be the relationship between business and the M. Ed in Mathematics or Curriculum and Instruction. The end result is no matter the discipline there is a place for you to continue your lifelong learning.
The educational community and design has changed and evolved very rapidly. What was once a single minded endeavor has now become a new collaboration where disciplines from all areas have intertwined to make for better real life applications in the educational community! The Masters of Education for the non-educator has become an important part of the new collaboration and a necessary part of the new diversity in education.