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  • Jalom
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    12 March, 2013 at 17:05
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    Hello all;

    I have a basic TESOL certification and plenty of experience, but it seems like a MA opens doors.

    I am trying to decide which program is appropriate, given my career goals and current situation. Any insight or advice would be very welcome and appreciated!

    I am a US citizen, so I am pretty sure that a MA would make me more competitive in Europe, where the job market is extremely tight and EU citizens have an easier time. It is also an entry requirement for US higher education institutions.

    (My partner will be studying and working in Europe for a few years. That is why I am trying to butt in to this market.)

    Since I can’t stop working and go back to school full-time, and I am not getting any younger, I can only consider distance education or low-residency programs. I have been accepted to SIT, which I know is a great school, but it’s very, very expensive, even with a scholarship, and going with Open University would give me a comparable level of training, an accredited MA, and would leave me debt-free! I also applied to New School–haven’t heard back yet–but it’s about the same as SIT.

    Open University gives you the option of taking the Trinity Licentiate Diploma in TESOL and applying that study towards the MA. It includes an onsite, observed-teaching component. If anyone knows anything about how the Trinity Dip is regarded, especially in Europe, or has taken it, I would be very interested in hearing what you have to say too!

    In the long term, I probably will want to live in the US and an MA is generally required for teaching in Intensive English Programs at universities and community colleges.

    What I DON’T know is whether the Open University MA would be less useful for me because a) it’s distance education or b) it’s from the UK. Either or both of these factors could negatively impact the hiring decisions of US universities (yes, completely unjustifiably, I know), but I believe that extensive experience and demonstrable knowledge should more than make up for any disadvantage I would have. Does anyone agree or disagree?

    I know I am offering a lot of information; I am trying to articulate all of my relevant considerations. Again, thank you to anyone willing to take the time to read, consider, and comment.

    dan
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    16 March, 2013 at 13:45
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    If anyone knows anything about how the Trinity Dip is regarded, especially in Europe, or has taken it, I would be very interested in hearing what you have to say too!

    It’s highly regarded in terms of the quality of training so definitely worth having, and should give you that competitive edge when applying for job in Europe (all other things being equal).

    What I DON’T know is whether the Open University MA would be less useful for me because a) it’s distance education or b) it’s from the UK. Either or both of these factors could negatively impact the hiring decisions of US universities (yes, completely unjustifiably, I know), but I believe that extensive experience and demonstrable knowledge should more than make up for any disadvantage I would have. Does anyone agree or disagree?

    I don’t know much about the hiring practices of US universities unfortunately so I don’t know whether the distance / UK factors would come into play. But I absolutely agree that experience and demonstrative knowledge should make up for any disadvantage. Whether they do in the real world of often outdated hiring decisions is another question…

    Dan

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