Surinder Kaur

Master of Education in Teacher Leadership
LEAP Academy University Charter School

I always wanted to go into teaching and the perfect opportunity came from Rowan with the Urban Teacher Residency Program where I could receive $30,000 to complete my Masters of Education with K-12 certification as well ESL Certification. I had to commit myself for 3 years of teaching at a “high-need” urban school.

The program is completely on-line which makes it very attractive for a person who works full-time and can’t commute to Glassboro once or twice a week. I also like the 8-week classes, which are very intense but only last for 8 weeks. I was hesitating at first with the classes being online completely. I have used a learning management system before, but not to the extreme that I used it at Rowan. It was a whole new world for me. The technicians at Rowan Online were always wonderful and welcoming with my questions. I learned a lot with online classes. I chose when I wanted to logon and participate in the discussions, journals, and blogs.

I plan to be a high school biology and chemistry teacher. This is my second master’s degree. It will help me step into the education world as well as help me earn more as a first year teacher.