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Choosing the Right Educational Therapy Programs in Maine

Maine is a state that is chock full of different colleges and universities all offering programs in educational therapy. As any working educational therapist can relate, succeeding in this field, especially in a state where the competition for jobs is so fierce, will require a top notch education. Most professionals will hold at least a master's degree, with a large chunk even holding doctoral level degrees as well. To be the best in the business and to get hired will require a strong educational foundation in addition to real world experience. As such, choosing a higher learning institution and a degree program is not something that should be taken lightly.

First and foremost, if you're like most aspiring professionals, you've likely done some searching on your career of choice online. Undoubtedly, you have found many advertisements touting online schools that will offer you your degree in a small amount of time and at your convenience. While not all online schools are bad—on the contrary, some are even better than traditional learning institutions—you must be extremely careful, if you select an online school, to find one that is fully accredited. Otherwise, the "degree" that you earn will be nothing more than a very expensive but ultimately useless piece of paper. While there is some risk of attending an unaccredited school at a physical location, it is far more likely that you would fall victim to this kind of scam over the internet.

Also be aware of programs that offer "certificates" only. Some certificates are like the above degrees—absolutely useless. Others can help those who already have educational training in the field or who are already working in the field but who wish to increase their expertise in a particular area. However, make sure you understand that a certificate is never any kind of substitute for an actual degree. If you don't have a degree yet, then you don't need a certificate!

Once you have been able to sort through all the illegitimate schools that are out there, you'll still be left with a wide selection of reputable schools and programs to choose from. This is where it gets tricky, and where you really have to buckle down and find the program and school that is going to be the best fit for you. We recommend thinking long and hard about the exact job that you would like to one day have in the field, researching the requirements or most common academic paths of professionals currently working in that field, and then narrowing your choices down to reflect schools and programs of study that will ultimately be the most useful to you.

From there, you will need to put in your application for each school. Do be aware that there is usually an application fee for each school that you apply to, so you won't want to just apply haphazardly. After all, you're putting a great deal of energy, time, and financing into this endeavor. Always be sure to make sure that you meet all qualifications, such as acceptable grade point average and testing scores when applicable, before turning in your application.

Once your decision letters start rolling in, you'll only have to choose from the schools to which you have been accepted. Financial aid, location, and other factors will all likely play a role in your decision. Make sure that you always keep first and foremost in your mind, however, what will ultimately be the most beneficial to your career success within the field of educational therapy. That is what will matter the most in the long run.