Teaching To Teach (From Home!) – Online Education Programs

With all of the many amazing post-secondary programs available online, it’s a wonder that traditional education programs (BEd, MEd, EdD) are not easily accessed on the web. However, that does not mean that it is not possible to earn a teaching degree online – it just may not be a teaching degree that sees its graduates teaching in front of a chalkboard from 9-3 every day.

Though the average online Canadian school does not have the option to complete a bachelors of education degree online – the practicum component of a teaching degree is too substantial a part of the course and therefore an in-person education experience is more ideal – there are many other kinds of online teaching courses available for distance learning students.

Alberta’s Athabasca University, a university hailed for its thorough distance learning experience, offers a variety of online courses including post-baccalaureate diplomas in technology-based learning, instructional design and distance learning technology as well as masters and doctor of education degrees in distance learning. The latter two are genuine MEd and EdD degrees for students who wish to become teachers specializing in online learning. Those who enjoy the online learning experience may find that these careers are perfect for them, since they take the participant from the student role to the instructor role in the same interactive, web-based environment.

Like traditional BEd, MEd and EdD degrees, these courses require previous degrees as prerequisites.

Outside of education courses available on the Internet, there are various other online education programs which can lead to a rewarding career in helping others. Many online institutions offer college programs in translation or interpretation. Some of these programs require an undergraduate degree or college diploma while others are entry-level. Community translators and interpreters have a chance to tutor individuals or small and large groups alike. The jobs are especially valuable in major cities where many new Americans and Canadians reside. As a community interpreter, one gets the joy of helping citizens become accustomed to the language and practices of an area.

There are also multiple online community college programs (such as early childhood education) which can prepare a student to become a teacher’s aid, a job which allows one to get up close and personal with students – especially those struggling with their work – and gain a sense of accomplishment from helping young people. Though these certificates not the equivalent of online teaching degrees, they can often help students get a closer look at teaching careers to help decide if the job is right for them.

Of course, there are traditional teaching programs online, but most programs are based at schools outside of Canada. For many, this is actually ideal – many find that it is difficult to get into teacher’s college in Canada and seek an education in the United States. Schools such as Western Governors University offer a wide array of programs for teachers on their distance learning centre. The most important factor when considering an education program from a place outside of one’s home is to make sure that teaching qualifications will carry over across the border. For many, the degree is sufficient, but they may need to pursue their actual teaching license in their home country.

Remember – just because one cannot achieve a traditional Canadian BEd on the Internet does not mean that it is impossible to achieve teaching degrees online. With the education system becoming increasingly less traditional, the definition of what it means to be a teacher is also becoming less traditional.

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