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Old 11-14-2011, 10:25 PM
 
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I am a SAHM currently and I am wanting to get my BA so I can begin teaching when my youngest starts school. My question is, that my degree will be coming from the University of Phoenix, do any of you all have a degree from UP? Work with a teacher who graduated from UP? I know this isn't the absolute, best, way to get my degree but because my kids are so young (3,2 and 9 months) I really have no choice and my husband is a firefighter, not leaving much time for me to leave the house and go to a traditional university. So please, no comments about the university it's self Any unbiased opinons are welcome!!

Thanks, Lauren
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Old 11-16-2011, 09:00 AM
 
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I honestly don't think I know any teachers that did their undergrad work on U. of Phoenix. I'm also not sure that certification through something other than a traditional university is ideal when trying to get a job as a teacher in the current budget climate. My wife works in a local district that doesn't hire people with an alternative certication and they even held to that during the time when demand far exceeded the supply of candidates in teaching.
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Old 11-16-2011, 03:30 PM
 
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I don't think you stand a chance at getting job with that degree unless it is a smaller charter or private school
run a search for "teaching jobs" on the FTW forum and read the threads that come up
this was a horrible year for education in the state with cutbacks in educational funding
next year likely won't be any better
districts are hiring very very few teachers with alt certs and your degree might be viewed in the same light
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Old 11-16-2011, 04:27 PM
 
Location: Grapevine, Texas
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In the business world, U of Phoenix is seen as a joke...
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Old 11-16-2011, 08:34 PM
 
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I have a friend who is getting her MBA at UP, and it is VERY expensive!
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Old 11-16-2011, 10:44 PM
 
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of course it is expensive--
it is a business--run for a profit
unlike a state/community college that is supported through local/state tax revenue

University of Phoenix does not qualify for any tax money and I bet it get no Federal grants--
all its students have to carry the burden of not just the Internet content but also generating enough profits so that the people who own its stock are satisfied and keep the stock prices high...
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Old 11-17-2011, 07:48 AM
 
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Not to pile on but unless something has changed recently the undergrad degree can't get you a regular certification in Texas. It's not even a BEd. It's a BS in Education. An alt cert pretty much ensures you'll be a second-class citizen as far as finding and keeping employment goes. That's a lot of time, money, and effort to put towards being at the bottom of the pile of applicants.

And to answer your original question, no. One of the things my previous employer did was provide an HR suite of software to K-12 institutions. I've never seen a U of Pheonix applicant make it to the interview phase even when it was relatively easy to get a teaching job and even when the district was considering alt cert applicants (not all do). The only alt certs I ever saw really get anywhere were ones with a BS in Mathematics (or ones related to members of the school board but that's another issue entirely).
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:58 PM
 
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and for what it is worth--there are plenty of colleges now that have on-line/distance learning colleges where you can get a wide variety of degrees w/o having to do any time on the physical campus
I suggest you check out some of those...before you really spend any money on Phoenix
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:38 PM
 
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Thanks.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:12 PM
 
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Just my two cents: I've worked at a state-funded University and am currently working for a proprietary school. While proprietary schools serve a purpose (mainly providing an alternative to traditional higher-ed), the costs are ludicrous for the same degree you'll get elsewhere. University of Phoenix does have a better reputation than most and, last I checked, did attain regional in addition to national certification (which ensures federal funding for Title IV loans) but it's still thought of as a poor education in comparison to traditional higher ed. Recognizing the need for non-traditional students (ie; SAHM, career changers, etc) to pursue a degree, traditional colleges are more and more frequently offering alternatives to obtaining your education. Many offer completely online courses, and those that don't offer hybrid education (part online, part in class).

I know your goal is to be done by the time your youngest is in Kindergarten, but there's no harm in waiting until your other two are at least in half-day pre-school. Then you're only paying daycare for 1. I went back to school when my oldest entered kindergarten. I started taking daytime classes at a community college while he was in school, and my daughter was in pre-school, as a divorcee and working, and finished 5 years later with a BS in hand, from a traditional, state-funded University. That BS is allowing me entry into a MA program with teacher certification. You need to consider long-term because your BA won't get you far. Most places really desire the master's, and most graduate schools won't even look at a degree from U of P. Start now with a couple of online gen ed courses from TCC, and finish what you can that way. Then when you have less children requiring the expense of daycare, go to the brick and mortar campus and finish up your gen eds. Transfer in to a traditional University, and I'll bet you can be done by the time he's 7 if you really put in the effort. Trust me: getting your degree from a traditional university is WELL worth the wait.
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