1. Hillary has changed her college major with an attempt to increase her potential earning salary post graduation.
Not a bad idea, considering elementary school teaching is a rough gig to land these days and the pay still is….. well….the bottom of the totem pole. She needed to make a decision before she heads to China, since she is nearing the end of her associates degree.
Her strengths really lie in computers and technology and the future of education is in instructional technology in my opinion.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts that the job market for instructional coordinators will continue to grow at a rate much faster than the average for all other professions. Through 2018, the field is expected to grow by 23 percent. A masters degree in the field can give you a leg up on the competition.
Instructional coordinators generally earn a substantial living. The amount they earn depends upon the institution they work for and what level of education they have obtained.
“A masters degree in instructional technology can qualify coordinators to earn substantially more than those with a bachelor’s degree alone.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported an annual median wage of $56,880 for instructional coordinators in 2008. Those in the upper bracket of the field earned an average of $93,250.
A masters degree in instructional technology qualifies the graduate to work in more positions than just that of an instructional coordinator. Other possible career options in fields related to, or a part of instructional coordination, include distance education directors, course developers, corporate trainers, software consultants, training specialists, resource instructors and assistive technology coordinators.”
Problem is there aren’t very many bachelors degrees in this major and that is considered a master’s degree.
Together, we have decided on a history major with a multi-media minor to prepare her for a M.S. at Utah State. We absolutely love it. She may end up applying to BYU if she does, she will study European Studies there to prepare for the M.S. in instructional technology. It really comes down to her choice now.
She is so excited and it fits her perfectly. It combines what she loves with practicality, with History and Europe being her other love.
I will post later the path that led us here. I strongly believe you should study what you love!
I wish I was a college counselor, what a fun job!
2. Noah headed to Williamsport, PA last night. Brian has a couple of clients there and after work he and Noah play at the Little League World Series stadium and field. This is his second trip there with Brian this month. It is a just a quick two night jaunt but he is so excited none the less.
3. Elizabeth woke up three times in the night to ask if it was time to go to wake up.
She was so excited for school to start it was like Christmas Eve. If only I could garner up that same enthusiasm. I am exhausted from fielding questions all night from her at 3:00am. I get nervous when she wakes since she is such a sleep walker and gets so disoriented.
4. Chase was voted 9th grade Vice president by his peers yesterday at school.
So far his experience has been outstanding at Trinity. His school equips every child with an iPad and nearly everything is done on it from note taking, reading to assignments. I love the digital age.
We recently met with the school and we are putting together another humanitarian mission for them to Costa Rica for spring break.
(Read more: Masters Degree in Instructional Technology | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/about_6052702_masters-degree-instructional-technology.html#ixzz24kmEBggu)