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Advise to Teachers, From Teachers
We asked graduates of our program to give advise, from one teacher to another, on why you should get your masters through IC. Here's what they had to say:

...But Why Should I?

  • Your students need fully equipped teachers to succeed in today’s changing world of education

  • You will become a better teacher after the very first class

  • Topics discussed in class can be immediately used in your classroom

  • You will learn new instructional methods for easier, more valuable differentiation

  • Valuable assessment techniques will teach you how to use data to further student learning

  • You will strengthen your Social/Emotional Learning curriculum

  • You will gain a better understanding of the needs of students from poverty

  • You will learn to better communicate with students and parents

  • You won’t sweat that next evaluation – you will have what it takes!

 

...But Am I Up For The Challenge?

  • With small class size – cohort style – you will have the strong support of your classmates as you work together throughout the program

  • Caring, knowledgeable professors offer one-on-one support

  • Enjoy a curriculum that generates insightful discussions – classes are not heavily lecture-based

  • Gain perspective from classmates of other grade levels and content areas

  • Professors are experts in their content areas and understand today’s changing education

 

...But How Can I?

  • Evening class times are convenient -meet once a week during the school year

  • Summer schedule is family friendly – leaving plenty of time for summer vacation

  • Financial aid is available and signing up is simple and fast

  • Undergraduate Loan payments can be deferred while you are enrolled in the program

  • Many school districts offer financial incentives for continuing education

  • As a student, you can take advantage of all the college has to offer: access to The Writing Center for all your writing/proofreading needs; work one-on-one with the research experts in the fully-loaded library; access to the state-of-the-art fitness center; and so much more!

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the program designed for?

The program is designed for current pre-K - 12 grade teachers who are interested in improving their classroom practice and furthering their professional education.

What are the unique features of the program?

The programs’ focus is critical reflection on classroom practice.  It therefore melds theory and practice by applying rigorous, research based examination to the practical setting of teachers’ classrooms.  As part of the program, each participant plans and conducts an action research project addressing an individual area of interest.

How much does the program cost?

For the 2014-2015 academic year, the tuition rate is $400 per credit-hour.  Most courses are 4 credit-hours, and students generally take one course per semester.  A minimum of 32 semester hours are required for graduation.  

Some courses may be taken for a discounted rate for Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs) instead of graduate credit.

What financial aid options are there?

Information about Financial Aid can be found here.

What if I'm not a licensed teacher?

The Masters program is intended for in-service teachers, and some coursework presumes that you are working in an educational environment.  Teachers working in a setting that does not require certification (e.g. a private school) are welcome to participate.

Can I earn a licensed as part of the program?

At this time, the program does not include a certification option.

What are the benefits of the program?

The program is designed for classroom teachers who are interested in improving their professional practice.  Through a cohort based program, participants will engage with fellow educators in a critical examination of current research and theory, and its application to their particular teaching settings.  In addition, some districts offer salary increases based on graduate work.

Can I transfer in courses taken elsewhere?

You may transfer up to 4 semester hours from accredited colleges or universities with the approval of the graduate committee.

Do you offer CPDUs?

Yes, some courses can be take as CPDUs at a reduced tuition rate.

Can I take a course without enrolling in the Masters program?

Some courses may be taken as stand-alone graduate courses or for CPDUs.  Please see our course page and professional development page. 

When are courses offered?

Courses are offered during the evening and during the summer to accommodate teachers’ schedules.  Students generally take one course at a time.

How long does the program take?

If courses are taken in the recommended order, the program may be completed in 2 years


    
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