Selecting the right program can certainly be a difficult and stressful process. Below are two approaches to help you determine which program is the best fit for you.
THE ANALYTICAL PROCESS (A MORE LEFT BRAIN APPROACH)
Step 1: DETERMINING WHAT IS IMPORTANT
Using the Criteria List, rate each item from 0 to 2 in terms of importance to you. Items that you have scored at a 1 or 2 need to be added to your final rubric in Step 2.
Step 2: PREPARE YOUR RUBRIC
Select all of the items that you scored with a 2 and place them in the Rubric Sheet giving each one of them a weighted factor of 2. Now add the rest of your items that you scored with a 1 giving each of them a weighted factor of 1.
Step 3: DO YOUR RESEARCH
Using a list of Oregon Approved Educator Preparation Programs, select several universities or colleges that on the surface interest you. Use the websites, and contact persons to contact each institution. The Notes Sheet can help you keep track of the information gathered during this stage of the process.
Step 4: FIND A GOOD FIT
After you have gathered notes from each of your top choices, complete the Rubric Sheet and tally your scores. Don’t forget to multiple by the Weighting Factor. After reviewing the scores, select those that you want to visit. Try to visit the campus while classes are in session. Some will let you sit in on a class or meet with faculty. You can use the rubric sheet again to narrow down to those programs to which you want to apply.
THE GUT INSTINCT PROCESS (A MORE RIGHT BRAIN APPROACH)
Step 1: WHO ARE YOU
Review the Criteria List. What seems important to you? Talk to experienced teachers as well as people you admire. What’s important to others? How does that effect your views?
Step 2: LOOK AROUND CAREFULLY
Review a list of Oregon Approved Educator Preparation Programs to contact at least three programs that seem interesting to you. Jot down questions you want to ask beforehand and keep your notes separated by college or school. Try to visit the campus while classes are in session. Some will let you sit in on a class or meet with faculty.
Step 3: MAKE A DECISION
Use your notes to prioritize more than one institution and submit applications. Avoid making a final decision until you have heard back from any institutions to which you applied.