The first five years of my career was spent teaching Literacy at a middle school that was both Persistently Low Achieving as well as a School in Need of Assistance according to the government. Quite a few students I had through these years dealt with issues that acted as a barrier to their education. Sometimes it was a learning or behavior disability and other times it was because English was their second language. For many, their home life was not what we as teachers hoped it would be. My colleagues and I had to use the hour per day we saw each of our 108 students the best we knew how. I always knew that I would obtain my master's degree; I just didn’t think it would be so early in my teaching career. When I saw how much my students needed, I decided to go to graduate school. I had to improve my craft and dig in to the latest research so that my students got the best education in Literacy they possibly could during the time they were with me.
As soon as I learned that Grand View University had a Master's in Education program, I decided that is where I would go when the time came due to the great experience I had there while obtaining my bachelor’s degree. As I dug in to the details, I saw that the master's program was the perfect fit for me not only as an educator who wanted to make a major impact on my students, but also as a working wife and mother of two with one on the way. We met one night a week from 5:00PM to 10:00PM with a few tweaks to the schedule here and there. This was perfect for my family because it was consistent.
Although the schedule and staff were amazing, the comradery that developed with my cohort was second to none. We became a support system for each other and, eventually, great friends. Working with people who genuinely care about each other made the work we were doing that much better, because we challenged each other and called each other out when we weren’t where we needed to be, whether it was our attitude, a small assignment or the topic of our Capstone Project.
I suggest that anyone getting his or her master's degree in education look at Grand View University as the top contender. The work you do there will directly benefit your students from day one, and your craft will improve due to the professors you will have, the cohort you’ll work with, and the work you immerse yourself in.