University of Phoenix Reviews - Secondary Education

3.33 out of 5 stars
(2 Reviews)
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50% of 2 students said this degree improved their career prospects
50% of 2 students said they would recommend this program to others
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4.5 out of 5 stars
NEP - 5/13/2014
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2008
"I attended the University of Phoenix for my Master's Degree in Secondary Education. I earned my bachelor from a traditional university. At the time, I was traveling quite a bit for work and working multiple jobs, so the online option was the best path for me to earn my master's degree in a timely manner. I found the coursework to be challenging with regularly having to post to the discussion forums, doing papers, group projects, research and supplemental reading. I also had to do my classroom observation hours on my own time as well as my student teaching. However, I was motivated to complete my degree and receive my teaching certificate. I was able to get the entire program completed in 20 months. Since I am in Illinois and the university is in Arizona, I needed to make sure that I did everything to meet the Illinois Teaching Certificate requirements. The local Regional Office of Education here was very helpful as was my advisor from University of Phoenix. The only problem I did run into was getting placed for student teaching. I did have to make some phone calls in order to get placed. In the end, I probably had to do a little more leg work on my own because they were in Arizona and I was in Illinois. When it came time to get my teaching certificate, I had no problems. In fact, I received my certificate as early as you could from the state of IL. I was able to find a full time teaching job for the next school year. I worked there for 3 years before moving on to another school. I will admit that I was worried that having a degree from an online program may be looked down upon and there were some fellow teachers who did make some comments. Since I have been teaching the last 5 years I now hear more and more teachers and administrators talking about online programs and how they are more the norm. Years ago most teacher’s did their master’s degrees at your traditional schools, then there were the cohort programs, now many of the classes are done online even by the traditional schools. I think as long as you are committed to finishing the program, focus on getting your certification requirements done for your state and are willing to do some of the administrative work on your own that the program is very beneficial. I am actually looking at some of their courses to pursue an additional certification."
1.0 out of 5 stars
Anonymous - 4/21/2013
Degree: Secondary Education
Graduation Year: 2013
"I've read through the comments posted in this forum and I would also like to out on my two cents. I have a BS from a traditional four year college. I decided to pursue my masters through Phoenix because, as a working adult, having physical class one night a week appealed to me. A year into my program, I am kicking myself for this decision. I read that someone else had problems with financial aid. I also am running into issues. I was told that my financial aid would cover my entire program. Great! Well, that's not correct. I have to pay $400 out of pocket and probably an additional $5k to complete my masters (six more months). Concerning the instructors, like many other commenters, I have had my run in with so many incompetent "teachers". Grammatical errors, not being knowledgable about subject matter, dismissing students' questions, concerns, and ideas to changing policies and procedures in the middle of the program are a few examples I've experienced. No two people seem to have the same information. Instructor A will say to do A, B, and C, but the Field Coordinator or Program Manager says another. When I continue to ask specifics with everyone involved, I receive the same "We apologize for any confusion" insincere apology. There are so many indescrepencies. I had one instructor, a principal, tell my class of graduate education majors, "You don't have to use APA" or assign us work, but not review it and throw out As. I've had other instructors leave out important information about assignments and then dock you. Attempting to work with instructors outside of classroom hours is also a joke. I've had one flat out tell me no, I won't have a face-to-face with you, but we can do it by phone. Excuse me? My tuition is paying for your "part-time" job so you work for me! I've recently discovered that a classmate is cheating by reusing previously graded work by other instructors. That is not only unfair, but not very honorable. I suppose karma will come around, but in the meantime, I've lost all respect for her and the current instructor. I also don't like that Praxis tests aren't encouraged until well into the program. If you miss the Praxis, Phoenix doesn't care; they have your money. A few people mentioned failing students throwing "fits" over grades. This is incorrect and rather jusgemental on your part(s). I was a 4.0, which wasn't too difficult if you're a strong writer, project manager, and know how to regurgitate information. I've since slipped and I honestly don't care. I'm being taught from outdated textbooks, am learning absolutely nothing, and am so ill-prepared for teaching that it makes me laugh. That's Phoenix for ya! I am also embarrassed to say where I attend school. It's exhausting trying to defend your school, but honestly, every snide remark and comment are well deserved. I'm working on my MTE and every school I've observed at or taught at laughs in my face and wishes me the best of luck finding a job with a degree from Phoenix. After each course, we are to fill out an "end of course" survey. One of the first questions is: Would I recommend U if P? Hell no is always my response! So if you're reading this, please go to a traditional school. Do what you can to make it work. Sacrifice. You will much happier with the end result."
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