So, i have printed out the curriculums for the following:
SLU - Elementary Ed (grades 1-5)
SLU - Middle School Ed (grades 4-8) (I would be teaching English & Social Studies)
SLU - Secondary Ed (English, grades 6-12)
LSU - Elementary Ed (grades 1-5)
LSU - Secondary Ed (English, grades 6-12)- Apparently you have to do a 5-year program & get your Master's at LSU? I can't imagine that is true, but everything i'm finding on their website suggest that. If so, i will not be doing that! It's amazing enough I'm going back to school! Grad school? Not gonna happen!
I printed each curriculum out & highlighted the classes that i have already taken.
The sad news is that, although i have plenty of english classes, i don't have the English classes that are required for the middle or secondary ed programs. I have a lot of writing classes, but literature classes are required. Unless SLU or LSU will let me substitute the classes i have for the ones i should have, then i will probably be in school for 3 or more years. But if they would let me use those classes, then maybe just 2. Which would be SOOO awesome. :)
The program that appeals to me MOST is SLU's middle school program. I like it because it is for grades 4-8. I could teach middle school English & Social Studies & i think i would enjoy teaching that most; but if not, i could do upper elementary. That is the one that is ideal to me. But there are downsides to going to SLU that i also have to look at (having to do with its location).
I think no matter which program i choose, it will take me at least 3 years. I had thought 2 but, unless they let me use my other English classes, it's not going to happen!
I have awhile to decide for sure & no matter what I'm starting out at BRCC. It is right by my work, 20 minutes from my house & much more convenient. & i know i can pass Math & Science there! If Southeastern & LSU were both in Baton Rouge, i'd go to SLU just because of that middle school program. But SLU is an hour from my house & that is without the traffic! I could handle that 2 or 3 days a week, but student teaching is daily & they send their student teachers to Livingston & BEYOND. I would do Livingston. But anything farther...not so much. LSU is not far from me at all. And i liked it when i went there before, even though i didn't do well. It's a great school. So is SLU. So i just don't know.
All of this is IF i get approved for financial aid! I can't do a loan. I am just now paying on my loans from ages ago & just do not want to add on to that! So i'm praying i get financial aid!
I am planning to take the ParaPro exam on Friday, September 25th. It is the test to allow you a job as a Para (teacher's aid). That way i could get in the classroom (& out of the office!).