Well, I did it!! I am enrolled to begin my masters degree on March 1st through Western Governors University. As of right now, I’m taking four classes during my six-month term, but will most likely migrate more courses into my term once I finish those classes. The wonderful thing about WGU is that once you complete your courses, you can take more during your six-month term without having to pay an extra fee. This allows you to be able to complete your degree in less than the two year plan, which I’m aiming for. I would love to be able to finish in a year and a half.
I’m a little bit nervous about my decision. Although I’m excited and see how many opportunities a masters degree opens up, I am also nervous about what a big commitment it is. I never saw myself being done with college, let alone beginning a masters degree. I know I can handle it, but it’s such a big step in my life. Luckily, my cute husband backs me up 100%, and when I was waffling with the decision, he gave me the extra push to say yes. He ran through the cost (which I was panicking about) and crunched the numbers with me. Seeing everything work out on paper helped me make the decision. We could afford this, and still be saving for a house. With both of us working full time, we make enough money pay for the program in three months.
Curriculum and instruction was the biggest draw for me. The program revolves around design, evaluation, problem-solving, and instructional leadership. It will advance my knowledge in the classroom. My focus will be on knowledge, skills, and my abilities in curriculum, instruction, and research fundamentals. This degree has real-world applications, and will help me continue to improve as an educator.
Here it goes!!