||[Jun. 16th, 2009|06:19 pm]
The Question Club
TQC, make an extremely pertinent life decision for me!|
I applied for my school's Early Childhood Education student teaching program this past spring. I got denied in February (they took only about 1/3 of the applicants, small group, big pool), and so knowing that the direct education route was out, I switched to a Rhetoric major. I will graduate in May 2011 with a BS in Rhetoric, and my plan was to go on to graduate school and get a Masters in Education (probably Special Education, because my school's graduate program does not offer an Early Childhood masters program, and if I get Special Ed, I can take the Early Childhood test alongside it and be duly certified). I was finally getting settled on this decision, when this afternoon while at work, I received a call from the student teaching program: they want to pull me off of the wait list and put me in the student teaching program for the fall. This would mean I would have to leave my newfound major (that I have fallen in love with slowly but surely) and go back to what had been my life plan for quite some time.
If I stay with my Rhetoric degree, I will have a BS in Rhetoric and a Masters in Special Education, as well as about $6,000 more a year than I would have with a BS. If I switch to the student teaching program like I had originally intended since the beginning of college, I will graduate in May 2011 with a BS in Early Childhood Education and can go straight into the classroom teaching my initial, and still favored, age group. The student teaching program is really cutthroat - looks good on your resume, but few people come out of it saying it was fun for them. I find the Rhetoric program to be a lot of fun, but it's not Education, which is what I want.
What would you do, TQC?