Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Today I Looked at Schools Online.

I was originally checking out colleges for my hubby and filling out their "request more information" forms.  He's going to start applying to 4-year schools really soon and though we both want him to end up at BYU, back-up plans are super important. 

I was just googling and stuff when I came across the George Wythe University.  I'm soooooo impressed with what I read, even if they do only offer a BA in Statesmanship.  AND they offer the whole degree online!!!  Unfortunately, they aren't yet accredited.  Boo.  For me, getting an online degree, or finishing up what I started from home would be nice. 

Let me back up and give you my educational history.

I started Kindergarten in Alaska, finished in Washington.  Dropped out of 1st Grade when my parents talked to me about homeschooling (they couldn't decided if they wanted to do that or not, so I helped them take the plunge).  I did a lot of volunteering, through my high school years, with the local children's librarian and in the 1-3 grade multi-age class.  I also traded helping out in the little kids dance classes to get free classes for myself.  These experiences, along with helping to homeschool my younger brothers and sisters, led to me becoming very interested in early childhood education, especially the Montessori method.

When I turned 18, I went to the head of the Montessori College for Early Education (now Montessori Center for Teacher Education) and had an interview.  They required all their entrants to have an Associates but since I'd had substantial experience in working with children, they waived that requirement and I was in!  It was a two year program (that included a year of interning).  It wasn't easy and I didn't like my intern year at all, but I learned a lot, it got me a job, and what I learned has been invaluable for teaching my own kids. 

After that I had a summer as a visiting student at BYU and decided that I'd like to get a "real" education.  So, I went to Bellevue Community College (now Bellevue College, a 4-year school) and got my degree in Music (I taught at the on-campus Head Start School while I was there).  I used to play a lot of piano.  I really need to get back into practicing.  After BCC, I transferred to BYU and never did figure out what I wanted my major to be before I decided to take a break from school and go on a mission to Houston, Texas. 

I planned on going back and probably just getting a degree in English, but then I met Tony, fell head over heels, got married, had a couple of babies and here I am!  BYU wouldn't let me finish with their online degree program because they only count day student credit hours and due to my job at the time, I had taken some night student classes.  I fell short of their credit requirements by something like 2 or 3 credits.  So lame.  I sent emails and letters to no avail.  They wouldn't budge and I remain without a BA.  I could have looked into other schools, but I was so disappointed and upset, I decided that I'd just wait until Tony got his degree before trying to get mine. 

So, maybe by the time he's done, George Wythe University will be accredited.  I'd also loooove to take Dr. Aviva's Women's Herb Course.  Again, not accredited, a real degree or anything close, but just to have the knowledge for my own personal use would be uber cool.

Ack!  I'm so excited!  There is soooooo much to learn out there.  And I'm having a ton of fun with our little preschool program too.  Educating oneself and one's children is truly a blast.  Let me know if you've come across any exciting courses or programs that are online.  The more options and classes, the better! 

6 comments:

CK said...

Wow, it is great to read the enthusiasm within all this. I didn't know you did music??? Or Montessori??? You should share more of what you know/tips in those two categories. I am always looking for more to teach and work with my own kids...

-CK

Becky said...

Try western governors university. Its accredited and all online. That s what Will is doing and he loves it so far.

Tristin @ Two Girls Being Crafty said...

I liked reading your educational journey... I have my BA in communication and now it means SO little to me. I wish I'd taken a few courses here and there that interested me--more for my own personal education rather than just done stuff to finish college. Bottom line: I keep thinking that education should be more about increasing our knowledge than finishing coursework that means nothing to us personally. So, I think your education path is fab if it's helping you in your everyday life. Mine is not. I wish I had more relevant knowledge.

My comments are always SO long--sorry!

alissa4illustration said...

That does sound exciting!

When I went to get my master's degree in Savannah, GA the school I got my BFA at {Kansas City Art Institute} looked down at Savannah College of Art and Design. Why? Because in the past they weren't accredited. I looked into it because I LOVED the school. They were legit! I decided to ignore what one person said, and go to SCAD. It was the best experience!

School's change all the time! Keep looking into it!

PS I had a dream last night that you had triplets and blogged about it.

Keya said...

That's so awesome. Learning is great. Jason is taking online classes and will be getting his BS in 8 weeks. These past coule of years have been so intense with school I'm so happy that he is almost done and I'll get my husband back, lol.

Milk and Honey Mommy said...

Jamie,

Hmm! You're not college degreed? We can't talk anymore...of course I'm kidding. I like how you "made the decision" for your parents to homeschool you.

When I was younger, I use to say I wanted to be a student as a career. It didn't turn out that way although I wondered if I was ever going to graduate from college. I even had nightmares that I never graduated (studied English like you), but I did.

That is too bad about BYU not allowing you to receive your degree. It’s funny how colleges work (add a new required class here, take a credit away there, etc.).