Enter Queen's and the M.Ed. program. Things didn't go exactly as planned — e.g. thesis clusterfucks aplenty — but I'd like to think I learned a lot from the whole ordeal, namely, "If things are going shittily, and your advisor isn't much help, go over their head." Two-ish years later, I was a Master of Education.
Now I'm halfway through my fourth year back at the ol' teaching thing, and... well, I'm starting to get a little antsy-in-the-pantsy. Not that I don't like being in the classroom — I really truly do enjoy the time I spend with the kids, and I have a blast — but I can't help but wonder if I can (and should) go farther with my own edumacation.
I've been doing a little perusing on OISE's website (I'm pretty sure I'd stay in Toronto, even though the idea of OISE hasn't really thrilled me in the past), and they have a PhD program in Educational Administration. (Please don't think for one second that by "administration," I want to become a principal; not in a million years would I ever want to be one, or a VP.) Look at the neato-sounding courses offered in this program, though:
- Governing Education: A Seminar on Politics
- Educational Change in the Postmodern Age
- Educational Policy and Program Evaluation
- Managing Changes in Classroom Practice
- Teachers and Educational Change
- Political Skill in the Education Arena
Anyway, I think this might just be in the cards for me. If I finish up this school year, and two more, that'd let me see some of the initiatives we've started at the ol' schoolhouse get going nicely on their own, and then I could make a bit of an exit.