Can you recommend a distance bachelor's degree in software engineering or somesuch?
I’ve been teaching for years and have just finished an MSc in language teaching. In terms of career development and money, I’m not sure I want to remain a classroom teacher. I’ve done education admin and leadership, and they’re not for me.
I don’t want to move away from education – I love teaching, it’s the only job I’ve been able to do for more than six months without wanting to murder the people I work with (although the thought has crossed my mind when dealing with a few particularly snotty teenagers). However, in financial terms and considering my life goals, I can’t stay in the classroom forever.
I want to learn how to program with a particular focus on education software. There are a few notable masterstrokes – MOODLE, eFront, Anki and the like, but I find that the vast majority of language learning applications and environments are just not very good. I would like to contribute to this field and also expand my skillset into something that will keep me employed as demand for my other services wanes – I’m moving to Japan soon, where the private language sector has gone down the toilet and the public sector is riddled with, well, kids. Combined with the economic downturn and a recognition that many, many people there simply don’t need English, the declining birth-rate and economic stagnation make Japan a poor choice as a place for a career teaching English.
I love computers, and have taught myself enough to make IT support part of my job description at work, yet have no formal qualifications in it. I like qualifications, and I want the BSc not only for the learning value but also for the flexibility it will give me in the future.
So, help me out – BSc in software engineering (or related field that will give me the skills I want) by distance (I’ll be studying in Japan).
If you have any other recommendations or advice, please feel free!
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