Amanda dropped out of high school, realized the error of her ways and clawed herself back into the college game.
But when she missed that senior year of high school, she missed some key college advice that I’m trying to fill in today. Feel free to read along and help!
Dear Judge Josh,
I have a few questions I was hoping to get answers too. Ive been reading your blog and havent exactly found the answers Im looking for yet.
Well, please keep reading…you should see the backlog of questions I have to answer! 🙂
First of all Im in my early twenties and a few years back I became uninterested in High School. Eventually quiting in grade eleven with no reason other then hating school.
Happens to a lot of people.
I know I know that was lazy on my part everyone hates school but I attempted to go back various times and just couldnt bring myself to attend. I have however returned as a mature student at the college level.
Outstanding! Congrats, because I’m sure there were times like you felt you’d ruined everything by dropping out. Must’ve been hard to get over the hump and get back in the game.
I have been taking Early Childhood Education through Distance education. This is due mainly to the fact that I have an 18 month old son who is of course the light of my life but also puts a huge financial burden that perhaps many but not most other students my age would not have.
True. But like you said, a gazillion other moms have done it and are doing it right now, so you can, too, if you want.
I would like to go on to university but not sure which path to choose. Early childhood education is a very competitive field. My dream career would be teaching kindergarten. However Im not sure which path to choose.
I have enjoyed all my classes at the college level, have been getting pretty good marks averaging on a 89% and c ould go on to complete a two year bachelor of arts in early childhood education but Im not sure that this would be much of a step up then my college diploma in terms of how future employers look at my resume.
Hold on — I think what you mean is a two-year associate’s degree. There are no two-year bachelor’s degrees that I’m aware of. I know you’re in Canada and things could be different (sing out, Canadians, if I’m wrong!), but I’m going to assume you mean a two-year degree, the equivalent of an associate’s degree here in the States.
I could also go on to take a teaching degree but it would mean many more years in school as well as only general knowledge not specific to the age group Id most enjoy teaching.
Well, that depends. You could do elementary education, which isn’t quite as narrow as early-childhood education, but still specific to younger kids. Older than the early-childhood kids, for sure, but still young.
There are going to be many job oppurtunities in the next few years for both teachers and early childhood educators as my province has began to phase in full day kindergarten.
Im not sure that my diploma or a degree in early childhood education would be looked at as equal to someone who has obtained a teaching degree.
Probably not, no, if it’s a two-year degree vs. a four-year degree.
I should also add that I have recently gained employment in the ece field through a local daycare would work experience and a future degree give me a step up or should I look at a teaching degree? I hope you can answer my questions.
Well, let me just race to the point: why don’t you do both? Get the two-year degree first, then continue with the teaching degree.
Yes, it’ll take a few extra years to complete the bachelor’s degree. But, you know, what else have you got planned for the next 70 years of your life? 🙂 Life is not short, it’s LONG. You’ve got plenty of time, especially now, when you’re still young. And while your kid is still young — believe me, you’ll be glad you’re making the extra cash when your son wants a computer and a cell phone and a car. All before he hits puberty. 🙂
If you get the ECE degree, you can have a leg up on other applicants for jobs in preschools and daycares. And some of those employers might actually pay for part of your additional education and training toward the four-year degree. Most won’t, but some will, so it’s worth checking out.
Of course, once you get the four-year degree, your working options and earning power expand quite a bit. And if you get an elementary-ed degree and find out that you hate teaching kids older than 6, then you can always continue teaching ECE kids somewhere, and for a salary commensurate with your education (one hopes).
— Hope that helps. But what about you guys? Any suggestions for our friend Amanda in the Great White North? Current teachers, future teachers? Current Canadians? 🙂 Let us know in the comments below.