Eastern Kentucky University Reviews
I went with EKU's MAT program for my alternative path towards teacher certification. Other than my activity inside a handful of high schools, all of my course work was online. I wish I had decided to run after the first semester instead of sticking it out. Each time they messed something up it was moderately worse than the previous mess-up. I was given bad information constantly, which led to so many problems. The professors are also advisors and clinical observers, meaning they do not have time to do any of their jobs thoroughly. My clinical observer said unethical things to me after observing my lessons; he was a bully. My graduation was also delayed due to an advising error. It has just been one big mess. I did my undergraduate studies at the state university and had zero problems.
Online students seem to be lower priority than brick-and-mortar ones, and the online program costs more. They take on more students than they can actually progress through the program with the number of educators they have, so a certain [percentage MUST fail or they will be breaching the contract. They use a lot of automated stuff and grad student mentors to guide class discussions in the first 2 semesters, after which I'd guess that "certain percentage" of dropouts bring the class down to a manageable size for real teachers after that..If it's that way at all online schools, it's not as apparent in most of them. If you have technical issues caused by their system, or the work projects they assign you to complete at your workplace are incompatible, they're not very responsive. A few professors are very knowledgeable, helpful and professional, but others are completely self-absorbed and thoughtless, it seemed. One ( a "Southern belle type) giggler whose webinars were more chatty sharing about her thoughts regarding her own career and student days) would actually tell online students that she couldn't talk when they needed urgent advice because she was "with students today"! The program was good in other ways, but being treated like a cash cow to support "in person" students wasn't appealing, once I knew. I moved on and am glad I did.
Eastern Kentucky University has a beautiful campus and great people; who are really geared toward your success. I just wish that some of the faculty had more experience in the field in which the course they are teaching applies to and that professors could not switch courses in the middle of a semester (professors with no fire service experience should NOT teach courses in the fire service majors). I also think that if the academic and enrollment advisors did not change so much it would be easier keeping track of your degree progress (I had 3 academic advisors in a 4 year period and every time you had to tell them what courses you are taking and have taken when it is their job responsibility to make sure the student is on track). I choose this school because of the professors and courses it offered because it is the best in the state for my major and while I am happy with the education I received I believe that some things should be changed to make it a better experience for future students.