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Educational Therapy Educational Training in Arizona

Arizona residents who are interested in pursuing a career in educational therapy should know that the only way to realistically enter this vast and lucrative field is with the proper academic background. Fortunately, Arizona is ripe with worthwhile colleges and universities offering programs in educational therapy or that are closely related to educational therapy. Those who are serious about obtaining a career in the field are encouraged to do thorough research on the many different job types available. Once a person knows exactly what it is he or she wishes to do within the field, then planning and choosing the right academic path becomes much easier.

Arizona is home to many community colleges that offer general associate's degree programs in educational therapy and related fields. It is important to note that associate's degree programs, which typically last about two years, are good starts to getting involved in the field and are an excellent way to explore it further without making a commitment to a more lengthy degree, but they will not, however, lead to an immediate career upon graduation. In order to be of any use in the field, associate's degree credits must be transferred to an accredited bachelor's degree program.

A bachelor's degree is the absolute minimum degree level a person can have and still find work in the educational therapy field. Even then, the jobs available for bachelor's degree holders are severely limited, usually to very entry level or assistant positions in the field. Therefore, it is usually wise to consider a bachelor's degree a stepping stone in one's career. In order to gain the most prestigious and lucrative positions in the field—the positions most people think of when they think of educational therapy—at least a master's degree is necessary.

Fortunately, Arizona is home to many related master's degree programs. These programs can be completed in anywhere from one to three years and are the key to getting hired in the state. Those who have pursued their bachelor's degrees in unrelated areas need not worry; many master's degree programs are more than happy to accept students with diverse academic backgrounds. In fact, this is often regarded as a positive, because of the unique perspectives such students bring to the program. So, those coming to the career later in life don't have to worry about starting over from scratch. Of course, pursuing a related bachelor's degree first can sometimes make it easier to get into graduate school and less time consuming to earn the degree.

Some individuals will choose to go on and pursue a PhD in the field, usually while they are already working as educational therapists. These degrees, which can take anywhere from four to seven years to earn, are very demanding and require a high level of commitment. However, once a person has this degree, he or she can work in virtually any capacity in the field. Also, those with doctorate level degrees enjoy the best salaries in educational therapy.