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It'¬?s no mystery that one of the keys to improving our nation'¬?s schools is to staff them with better-qualified teachers. However, the traditional means for improving or gaining teaching skills-through an education degree or certificate program-can be time-consuming and costly, making it difficult for teachers and aspiring teachers to take their skills to the next level. Education authorities John and Mariah Bear have found the answer, and it'¬?s a surprisingly sensible and readily accessible one: distance ...
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It'¬?s no mystery that one of the keys to improving our nation'¬?s schools is to staff them with better-qualified teachers. However, the traditional means for improving or gaining teaching skills-through an education degree or certificate program-can be time-consuming and costly, making it difficult for teachers and aspiring teachers to take their skills to the next level. Education authorities John and Mariah Bear have found the answer, and it'¬?s a surprisingly sensible and readily accessible one: distance learning. As the Bears'¬? research reveals, over 100 top-notch programs offer fully accredited education degrees and teaching certificates that you can earn on your own time, from your own home, and within your budget. Whether you'¬?re looking to break into the profession with a certificate, boost your salary with a master'¬?s, or tackle educational theory with a doctorate, BEST EDUCATION DEGREES shows you how to choose and complete a great program without putting the rest of your life on hold.‚Ä¢ From the authors of the best-selling BEARS' GUIDE TO EARNING DEGREES BY DISTANCE LEARNING (over 400,000 copies sold).‚Ä¢ Covers all aspects of the field, including special education, administration, educational technology, and ESL teaching.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781580083331
  • Publisher: Ten Speed Press
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Pages: 144
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

TOM HEAD, a native Mississippian, is a homeschooling, distance-learning advocate who has collaborated with the Bears on other guides.
MARIAH BEAR lives in Oakland, California. She is the publisher of How Now Pocket Pals in San Rafael.
JOHN BEAR, Ph.D., lives in El Cerrito, California, where he is a distance-education consultant, serves as an expert witness for the FBI, and appears on national media such as NPR.
THOMAS NIXON is a public school teacher who has taught university courses in both traditional and distance-learning formats. He is co-author of Bears’ Guide to the Best Education Degrees by Distance Learning as well as guest author for the high school diplomas chapter in Bears’ Guide to Earning Degrees by Distance Learning. Tom writes regularly on distance-learning and nontraditional education for print and online publications.
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Table of Contents

About the Authors viii
Chapter 1 Teachers, Learners, and the Spaces Between Them 1
Chapter 2 For Aspiring Teachers Who Wish to Complete a Bachelor's Degree 5
Bachelor's Programs in Education or an Education-Related Field 11
Credential-Track Bachelor's Programs Designed to Meet State Licensure Requirements 19
Individualized Bachelor's Programs That Can Be Tailored to Education or an Education-Related Field 20
Chapter 3 Earning a Teaching Credential by Distance Learning 30
Credential-Only Programs 33
Credential-Track Master's Programs 36
Chapter 4 Earning a Master's in Education by Distance Learning 37
General Education 39
Administration and Leadership 44
Adult and Vocational Education 47
Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment 48
Distance Education 51
Educational Technology 54
K-12 and Early Childhood Education 58
Language and Literacy Education 60
Librarianship 63
Religious Education 65
Single-Subject Teaching Areas 67
Special Education 71
Interdisciplinary Fields 73
Chapter 5 Earning a Certificate or Specialist Degree by Distance Learning 78
Educational Specialist Programs 79
Certificate Programs 80
Chapter 6 Earning a Doctorate in Education by Distance Learning 91
Coursework-Based Doctoral Programs 93
Research-Based Doctoral Programs 96
Appendix A State Offices for Teacher Licensure 105
Appendix B For More Information on Schools in This Book 111
Appendix C All About Accreditation (and How to Check If a School Has Got It) 113
Appendix D For Personal Advice on Your Own Situation 118
Appendix E Bending the Rules 119
Appendix F Bibliography 121
Subject Index 126
General Index 131
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    Posted November 4, 2001

    The only book on this topic!

    Believe me, I've looked around and there are no other books which focus solely on this topic. If you're interested in earning an education degree or a teaching credential, then this is the book for you!

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