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Making the decisions that count

July 2012

Just as Director Maggie Woods has reflected upon change, I would like to pause a moment on the importance of decisions. Four years ago I decided to join the St. Ambrose family of educators, a decision that continues to be a blessing in my life.

As an active member of today's teaching community, I totally realize the tremendous pressure upon working teachers to deliver quality curriculum to children. Simultaneously, these same teachers often find themselves trying to decide how to best further their own personal and professional educational growth in the choice of a master's program.

The Masters of Education in Teaching program at St. Ambrose University offers a quality delivery system in an online format with constant classroom-like interaction with the instructor and fellow cohort members. Current cohort members finish their school days with their students in time to ‘log-on' weekly with immediate interpersonal contact and the ability to stay in constant contact with instructors and fellow master's candidates.

In fact, just as the schedules of students for vacations, conferences, etc., need no longer interfere with continuing education in this program, I have successfully traveled and logged on while in Minnesota, Florida, Nebraska, Iowa, Kentucky and Illinois to stay accessible to my students. While traveling with my husband as he drove across Minnesota, I conferenced with individual students–as we were driving in our vehicle!

This program is truly student centered and built around the concerns and demanding schedule of modern working teachers. It's no wonder that students often note their rewarding decision to join a supportive group of fellow educators engaged in meaningful conversations about best practices and the opportunity to do real research within the classroom.

Join us as we begin a new cohort in January!

–Joyce Schoemaker

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