What Type of Degree Have You Obtained? What Type of Degree Will I Need?

Updated on April 10, 2013
N.N. asks from Ecorse, MI
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Hello Mama's

My first questions is what type of degree(s) have you obtained and what all can you do with it?

I have an idea of the career but I am in need of the degree. With my husband's help we have created a leadership camp Curriculum.
I was able to introduce a pilot of the program within our daughters school, that went very well and I was able to iron out a few kinks. The one of many things that I learned is that I do not want to teach anyone's children without strong credentials.

The program fits ages 9-18 at the moment and is a after school/ weekend program that I would like to offer during school time eventually (long term goal). In your opinion/experience what type of degree should I seek out? Child development, Counseling, Psychology, education ect.....

We are researching the idea of homeschooling our teenagers so I more than likely will attend school in the evening but nothing has been decided as of yet. TIA


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answers from Chicago on

Can you say more about this camp?

My b.a. Is in political science, I then have an m.s. and ph.d. in philosophy of Ed, educational policy studies.

Sorry for weird caps and thing, I'm typing on an iPad while holding a baby!

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answers from New York on

There are probably a variety of degrees and programs of study that could be useful to you. I am a certified English teacher, and I have a BA in literature and political science, an MSEd in teaching English, and an MA in philosophy. I am slightly unclear about what you are doing with your camp, but if you need to make anything official or get it accredited, you might want to first research what that entails. Do you have an undergrad degree? If so, whatever its in, I would then contact local graduate schools of education to tour and talk. There is such a thing as a major in curriculum development, but its got a narrow use. You could do literacy education, special education, or even choose a subject you have enough background in, math for example, and get an MSEd in that with a concentration in special education. That would give you a lot of pedagogy, and make you quite hireable if you ever need a public school job. Grad schools of education often also offer counseling degrees, but you won't get as much pedagogy there.

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answers from Chicago on

I have a BA in History with a minor in Secondary Ed. Since you are going for the 9-18 age bracket you might want to major in Elementary Ed and minor in Secondary Ed. As a Secondary Ed minor I don't feel at all prepared to deal with Elementary Ed. I'd want whoever developed the curriculum to have expertise in both.

Edited to Add: Most colleges/universites don't offer Secondary Ed as a major, because schools want their Secondary Ed teachers to be masters of their content area (Math, History, Science, etc.), so the Secondary Ed is usually just a minor. Or you could do Education as a Masters program if you already have a Bachelors. These days merely having a Bachelors is barely enough to get a teaching position. Most positions now require a Masters or that you attain a Masters within a certain timeframe of being hired. I know that you aren't going for an actual teaching position, but just to give you an idea that new teachers these days are usually highly qualified.

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answers from Honolulu on

So because this "Leadership Camp" is a "business" you do need proper credentials/certificates etc. But it is a business that you created yourself. It not being reliant on any existing, education models or criteria.

But, you'd need, since you are "teaching" kids.... an Education/Teaching degree at the very least. A Bachelors Degree. At the very least.

Why would anyone send their kid to a leadership camp, given by someone with no credentials or teaching credentials?
Imagine... parents coming up to you... and ASKING you, what your background is, what your education is, what your experience is, what your credentials are... for the service you are providing????
You can't just say you are a Mom and created this out of thin air.

Being this is a business that teaches kids... you have to have, a premise for it. It being, why are YOU... an "expert" on even teaching these things to children in your leadership camp????
And being you are teaching kids, you'd need to display or list in a pamphlet, about who you are and what your "expert" background or experience is, in this "specialty" of yours that you are then teaching to kids. Because, when a parent looks at your camp info... they will want to know, why YOUR program is best, and why YOU are the best "Teacher" for it. Because it is supposed to help, their child.

ALSO: you have a "curriculum."
So, you have to, somehow say how you even came up with this curriculum. What is it based on? And its developmental basis for the age ranges you are targeting.
I mean, anyone can come up with a "curriculum."
But since your business is being marketed as a Leadership Camp... then what is it, based on?
AND if I were a parent, I would want to know what your track record is, for this class, your certifications, your awards or recognition gotten in this field etc.

Anyone can call themselves a leadership "Coach" or a motivational coach. So how is your business, different and more pertinent, than others?

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answers from Boston on

I have a BS in Mass Communication Practices and a BA in English, obtained simultaneously. I have worked as an assistant food service director, and office/account manager (bookeeping, payroll, benefits administration), an admin assistant and a business data analyst. I've been doing the BDA work for 10 years and am considering getting some technical certifications to further my skillset.

To me, it seems that secondary education would be the best fit for what you want to do but the career placement office of a local college that you're considering would probably be able to offer you some guidance. I would also take some business courses as well.

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answers from Chicago on

I have a bachelors in Psychology and that doesn't seem the right fit for what you are pursuing. Probably an education degree major - whatever a teacher would get, with child development as a minor.

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answers from Houston on

Camp as in the great outdoors? Or camp as in "science camp" or "writing camp"?

I don't see how psychology will fit into either definition. Psych is more for counseling, analyzing, figuring out and finding answers and explanations of the mental state of a human brain. Plus, from what I understand, its more math (bleh!).

You want to go into something more like education and child development where you can develop programs and activities for each specific age group, skills, abilities and even disabilities, so as to provide a learning environment where children can learn to create, invent and problem solve.

I have a B.A. in Literature and a BBA with focus on marketing. I've been offered jobs in teaching, research and media with my BA, and research, business and marketing with my BBA. Right now I work for a research media company. The job is part time but the company is international (my boss is based out of Sydney, Australia) so I get to stick my nose into many worldwide industries, businesses, governments and social culture. Its a little hard since I'm not a journalist, but its very interesting. That's why I love mamapedia...gives me an American outlook on today's parents.

I started my MBA but never got past the 2nd year. Maybe one day I'll finish.

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answers from Madison on

I have a BA in history, german, and spanish. I joined a professional writers association in 1993. Because of belonging to that association and my strong English skills, I've been a freelance editor for the past 8 years (belonging to that national writers association is what got me my steady and consistent e-pub job, but my BA also helped. Now when my e-pub company hires new editors, they're hiring those with MFAs from creative writing courses. Yes, people with Masters.). My education doesn't necessarily precisely fit, but it does give me credence when finding other jobs.

I am now preparing to embark on a new adventure. I'm going to be taking a course so I can be a certified nutrition and wellness coach. The BA shows that I can muster through 4 years of applying myself; the certification will prove that I've mastered the necessary information needed to run a nutrition/wellness business and will prove to people that I have passed the credentials needed for the degree. This certification will also open the doors for me to take other certifications (they sort of "build" upon one another).

You'll definitely want to get a degree or certification to lend credence to what you're doing.

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answers from San Francisco on

You want to offer a program during school time?
Many schools have already cut PE, computers, art and music. Our middle schools used to have leadership and student government but now that's only available at the high school level. They can barely fund the basics let alone fund new programs. Not trying to be a downer here, just being realistic.
Go to your local community college and meet with an advisor, that's the best place to start.

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answers from New York on

First off, I would see what your local colleges offer. Not sure how close you are to how many colleges.

Then, the most important thing is to see what excites you. Any Liberal Arts type of degree or Education degree will do for what you are looking to do.

Start of with the basic 1st and 2nd level classes and take a variety of classes - both what's required (English, math, science, etc.) and whichever electives you find interesting. No need to declare a major until junior year. That is when you focus on your major and buckle down on the major.

I have a BA in psych and work in the HR field.

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answers from St. Louis on

If your long term goal is during school hours, I would suggest secondary education. You can also minor in child development, psychology (counselor, psychologist jobs), etc. If you do not plan on doing this during school hours, honestly I would not even think you would require a degree to start up this program. However, having a degree (maybe in business?) would solidiy your reputation and maybe help get your feet off the ground.

I have a Bachelor's Degree in Speech Communication. With this job, I've worked at a hotel as a Food and Beverage Purchasing Agent, A Sales Associate and current as a System Analyst. I went back to school and got my Master's Degree in Elementary Education. With that, I can teach K-6.

I am currently going back to school to get an Associates in Database Development and Management. With this degree, I could become a DBA (Database Administrator) as well as potentiall cross train into Web Development, Data Modeling, etc.

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answers from Miami on

- B.S. in Psychology- pretty useless in the "real world"
- Master of Education in School Psychology- allows me to administer standardized assessments
- Educational Specialist Degree in School Psychology- allows me to do the above, counsel, provide therapy, behavioral interventions and have a private practice in the states where I am certified
- Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership- allows me to be a building principal or a district level administrator

I would suggest looking into leadership programs. If you have a Bachelors degree, you could look into a Master's in Leadership Studies. If you do not, then consider an undergraduate program with a Leadership Studies major or minor option.

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answers from Houston on

I have a BGS (Bachelor General Studies) with a concentration in HR specializing in Labor Relations. Long title for an HR degree. I'm an HR Manager for a manufacturing facility in Houston. So my degree is perfect. I am working on my certification GPHR. I also have an Associates in Business.

I think what might be a good idea is talk to a school counselor. Let them know what you end goal is. They could advise you on a path to achieve your goal. Good luck!!

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answers from San Francisco on

Do you actually want to earn a teaching credential? The requirements vary by state but generally speaking, to teach elementary school you need a Liberal Arts degree from a four year university (you can start at community college) followed by a post grad credential program which takes about 12 to 18 months. For middle/high school it's basically the same except you would need a single subject degree (math, science, etc.)
I think you should meet with an advisor at your local community college to start. I also think it may be a good idea to minor in sales/marketing or business because with shrinking school budgets it will be challenging selling your program to schools. Most schools are cutting programs right now, not investing in new ones.

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answers from Washington DC on

I have mine in Physical Therapy and a minor in Business Administration (I wanted to have my own PToffice).

I am getting a CCNA certification - working on it. Next is the CompTiaSecurity+ certification. Going back for a degree is Human Resources since I am a Recruiter/Staffing manager....haven't enrolled yet. Checking out how much time and money will be required to get it.

If one wonders why I am getting these certifications - as a recruiter for technical jobs - it helps to know what people are talking about and understand what they are talking about....then to top it off - those certifications could help me get another job in the IT field! :)

For childhood education? There are plenty of programs out there and you can focus on what you love best - history, math, english, etc. Go to your local university and talk with the counselors there to see how long it would take you and what you would need in order to achieve your goal.

Good luck!!

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