A New Chapter…Master’s of Education

I’ve been thinking about it off and on for the last 4 or 5 years and the timing was just never right. Well, I have jumped in and am very proud to announce that I’ll be beginning my Master’s of Education on September 2nd. That also happens to be my first day back at school. Gulp. And to complicate things further, it happens to be our first year in a new/renovated K-12 building. I haven’t been in the school yet this summer (usually my classroom would be half set up by now) because the school (including my classroom) is not yet finished! Double gulp? I know what you’re saying, and THIS is good timing? No, not really. But, what I have decided is that there will never be a perfect time. That, I know for sure.

I have no idea what all of this means for my blogging life – I’m hoping that it’s not over, but I know that my full time job as a grade 7 and 8 teacher and my course work commitments are going to pretty intense. Only time will tell, I guess!

So, a little bit about my program, it’s completely online through Walden University. It’s an accelerated program and I’ll complete it in 16 months! Yay! I’ll be done next Christmas – that’s pretty amazing to me! Finally, it’s a Master’s of Science Education in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (K-12). The courses sound awesome, practical and like I’ll actually be able to use my course work to enhance the achievement of my students “in real time” not just in theory or down the road. There are courses on designing curriculum for learning, differentiating instruction, assessment, teaching students with learning disabilities, and motivating students -among other things. I truly am excited to be starting this journey! So, if I happen to drop off the face of the blogging planet – you’ll know where I am, and I will be back. Wish me luck!

A New Chapter...Starting my Master's Of Education

Anyone who’s been thinking about a Master’s program – just apply. Don’t wait for a perfect time – it’ll never happen. Just take the plunge. You’ll never finish if you don’t first begin! So take the steps to begin! If you want any information on the program or school that I have chosen, just comment below and we can have a chat. They have made the process so easy for me and I can’t wait to get going on my journey. I’m really glad that I’ve taken this first step.


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About krystalmills

I am a Grade 7 teacher in Prince Edward Island. Lessons From The Middle shares lessons from the classroom, and occasionally from my life as a mom of two young boys. The goal of this Canadian teacher blog is to share middle school lessons, activities and ideas from my classroom and to collaborate with the wonderful online community of teachers out there as well! Thanks for stopping by!   Find me on Facebook Twitter Pinterest Browse my TPT Store Browse my TN Store

Posted on August 2, 2014, in Education, Master's of Education, Middle School, Reflecting About Teaching and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 15 Comments.

  1. Congratulations! All the best to you!

  2. Melissa Moreno

    Hi Krystal,
    I feel like it was fate that I came upon your blog post just now! I’ve been credentialed for 10 years now and have been “contemplating” pursuing my Masters since I finished my credential program. I think I just need to take the plunge already! Can you tell me more about why you chose Walden?
    Thank you,

    • Hi Melissa! Just do it already! I chose Walden after doing quite a bit of research. I was looking for a program that’s completely delivered online, completed in a shortened time period and contains course information that I can actually use with my students AS I’m taking the courses and learning. Not just a bunch of theory that is great to know, but not applicable in every day teaching. Four different colleagues have completed their degrees with Walden and were extremely happy with their experiences. I called and spoke to an enrollment advisor and got more information and I just knew that it was the right fit for me. The application and registration process has been really easy – they take care of everything. They registered me, have shipped the books for my first course and everything already. The also have a “Student Readiness” (non-credit) course to get you acquainted with the expectations of online learning – I’ve even seen one of the rubrics already for what’s expected in a discussion posting, which is a fairly large component of the course work. I went through the Student Readiness in a few evenings and I feel very comfortable with the whole process of the online classroom. They also have a Writing Center where you can submit papers for feedback before you submit them for grading, they have tons of resources to help you through the APA formatting of papers (which is great because I graduated in 2006 and I can’t really remember anything about APA). And, they have a TON of tutorials and short videos on just about anything that you’d have a question about! They have 3 accelerated programs and I chose one of those three, since it contained the content of what I wanted in a Master’s degree and it’s completed in only 16 months. However, they have a lot of choice in the Master’s degrees that they offer, it’s just that only 3 are accelerated. The fact that it’s completed in a shorted time span makes it a bit cheaper as well, which is a bonus! Finally, after I found out I was accepted, I also found out that a friend of mine has applied for the same exact program – which is AWESOME! She lives less than an hour away! Can you say study buddy? Anyhow, there were lots of reason for why Walden is a good fit for me. If you want any other specifics, shoot me an email: krystallynnm@hotmail.com. We can chat further! Oh, if you DO decide to go with Walden, let me know! They actually have a “refer a friend” program – basically a grant and it would be $500 off of your (and my) tuition! It’s not a reason to choose a school, just if you look into them and decide that they are a good fit – let me know. They have courses starting in September and there’s another start date in October. Keep me posted! I can’t wait to hear what you decide to do and what school is the right fit for you! NOW is the perfect time to take the step. Oh, and I don’t know if you have children or not, I have 2. I know how busy it’s going to be and I know I (and you) can handle it!


  3. Congratulations and best of luck!!!

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  4. Congrats! Receiving a Master’s degree was one of the most rewarding moments of my life. I learned so much! Good luck- you will love it. 🙂

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  5. Congratulations on this new chapter! I felt like I was looking in the mirror while reading your post as: 1) my classroom is under renovation too and I can’t get in there! And 2) I begin my masters this fall as well! I hope we both still find time to post on our blogs as I feel like I will definitely be looking towards others completing this journey and will want to see how you are making out. I am very jealous of the accelerated nature of your program, ours is 32-52 credit hours (depending on your route) but I am aiming for completion in three years. I will be sending good wishes and support your way!

    Hope your classroom gets done soon!


    • Wow! We do have a lot in common! Congratulations on beginning your program!! What’s your Master’s in? Is it online? Good wishes for your classroom to be finished as well and to have a smooth start to the year!


  6. Elizabeth Pleasant

    I’m currently enrolled in a Walden Master’s program! I’m really enjoying my courses! Good luck!

    • Which Master’s program are you doing, Elizabeth? How are you finding the time management piece, balancing work and master’s work?

      Congrats to you, too! From what I’m hearing, Walden seems like a great choice!! Thanks for commenting!


      • Elizabeth Pleasant

        Elementary Reading and Literacy…I started in March with only one class. The workload was very manageable. I’m a little concerned as I go back to work this week with two classes but I think the key will be to stay ahead and on schedule. I plan on having a set schedule for each night of the week in hopes of getting everything done in a timely manner. Good luck!

  7. Way to go on taking the leap! I learned so much from my graduate programs. And know, there is never a GOOD time to start back to school. You just have to do it.

  8. I completely agree on not waiting for the right time. NOW is always the right time. Good luck on your new journey. Hopefully you’ll still be able to update your blog. Though its fine if you don’t, your avid readers will understand.