Keeping ahead of kids in her class: Teacher Stephanie S. Jacobs found several courses to stay current [Reading Eagle, Pa.]
(Reading Eagle (PA) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Oct. 25--If you are looking to further your career by going for that master's degree, you needn't go very far.
Depending on your area of study, in many cases you can do so without leaving Berks County.
Stephanie S. Jacobs of Bern Township, a seventh-grade social-studies teacher at Schuylkill Valley Middle School, did. And in fact, she's doing it again.
Jacobs, 33, received her master's of science in education from Albright College in 2007, after having achieved her bachelor's degree on the same campus.
And she is months away from receiving her master's in library science, this one from Kutztown University.
Interestingly, she began her pursuit of higher education at a third local school, Reading Area Community College, where she Jacobs attained her associate's degree.
"I just keep going!" Jacobs said, jokingly.
Her graduate studies are driven not only by her own personal goals, but by the requirements of her profession, she said.
Pennsylvania's Act 48, she said, requires educators to earn additional college credits in order to maintain their teaching certifi cation. And the federal No Child Left Behind Act also requires teachers to be highly qualifi ed.
"You're a temporary professional employee until you earn 24 additional credits above the bachelor's degree," Jacobs said of Act 48. "A master's degree was 30 additional credits. So for six extra credits, I could get the master's."
Also to be considered is the fact that at many school districts, pay increases are scaled to educational attainment.
"It keeps me very marketable," Jacobs said of her graduate studies. "And it keeps me current. Now we're in Web 2.0 and cloud computing and stuff like that, and you don't want the kids to know more than you do."
She said key to her selecting where to study was fl exibility.
"At Albright, they had weekend classes, evening classes, shortterm classes only 7 1/2 weeks long," she said. "They were very flexible with their scheduling, which allowed me to hold a fulltime job."
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