I would like to get an MS in Instructional Media and Technology (or similar). My BS GPA is 2.3 but I have several additional credits at a local Community College (66 credits with a 3.56 GPA). What options do I have?
Way back in 1991 I obtained my BSEET from DeVry Institute of Technology with a GPA of 2.3. Not great, but considering a 10% graduation rate, I was satisfied. Now I'd like to get a Masters in Education focusing on the technical side of Distance Learning development. I have 66 credits completed in 3 fields of study at the local Community College with a 3.56GPA. I'm also adjunct faculty at the college. In order to teach full time, I need my Masters. Given my less than stellar BS GPA, what are my best options for the MS keeping in mind that I'll be paying for this out of my own pocket?
Thanks for the reply. I completely agree with your suggestions, and have already begun to contact prospective schools. I tend to over-analyze, and have managed to narrow my scope down to three primary candidates. I just wanted to be sure that I wasn't missing something that I should be getting prepared for such as the possibility of required testing, letters of recommendation, and/or a written application paper for enrollment consideration.
So, I set back a thought a moment about your situation. After thinking for a while, I have decided that your best option would be to do a ton of research. By research, I mean that you are going to want to talk to not only the school you are teaching at, but also the schools you are considering on attending.
With your moderate to low GPA coupled with the credits you already have, I would suggest that you talk do some in-depth research at what option are avaliable to you. Start by talking to the head of the department you are wanting to teach for, and discuss with him or her about what you need. Once you have that information you will be able to begin researching online schools. Take a close look at each school, and make contact with their admissions office. The admissions office will be able to guide you in making sure you have all of the requirements met before you begin applying to various programs, which typically includes some fees.
Also, here is a link to a list of online choosing an online program articles that will help you in working through this process.
Remember, do the research. You have to talk to people, advisors, and so forth to find out the specifics you need.
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