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Mississippi Educational Therapy Internships and Classes

If you want to succeed in educational therapy in the state of Mississippi, where the competition for jobs in the field is fierce, then you are going to need to possess a strong combination of both education and experience. Real world or real job experience is difficult to gain, especially when you've spent years inside the classroom earning your degree. That's why most professionals choose to gain their experience and build their resumes with internships. The best way to get an internship, however, and the only way to have it count for anything, is to receive an education from a higher learning institution.

The level of education that you pursue is up to you, but it's important to think about what career within the field you wish to have, and then look at the academic requirements for that career. That way, you can be sure that you're getting the education that you need to make your career goals a reality, and that you aren't wasting valuable time, money, and worst of all, hard work! It is important to note that actual therapist jobs—the ones that most people think of when they think of educational therapy—will require at least a master's degree.

Still, a master's degree isn't right for everyone. And besides, it can't be earned until a person has a bachelor's degree under his or her belt. There are two ways to obtain a bachelor's degree. The first is the most typical way, by simply going to an accredited four year college or university and completing a bachelor's degree program. The second, though less common, is a good option for those on budget. It is to first earn an inexpensive associate's or two year degree at a local community college and then to transfer the credits earned to an undergraduate program. Associate's degrees on their own are worthless in the field of educational therapy. Once a bachelor's degree is earned however, holders can work in entry level positions in the field, such as therapy assistant or special needs tutor.

For those who do want to take it all the way and earn a master's degree, there are lots of wonderful and very diverse programs in Mississippi. The master's degree is where you really delve into your specific area of interest. It can take anywhere from one to three years to complete, depending upon your academic background and other factors. It's important to note that if you have an unrelated bachelor's degree, you don't have to start from scratch. Most master's degree programs are more than willing to accept students from varied academic backgrounds, as they feel it adds to the strength of the program by bringing in new knowledge.

After a master's degree, you can even choose to obtain a doctoral degree. These degrees can take as long as seven years to earn, but those who have them feel they are well worth the time and effort. With these degrees, the most prestigious and the most lucrative positions within the field open up. Once you have an education or while you are obtaining it, it is wise to take on an internship that is very closely related to the job that you wish to have. These are often offered through your higher learning institution, or you can seek them out yourself as you would a job or by going directly to companies you are interested in working for. Your internship may be for school credit, or it may be paid or unpaid. Either way, it's an excellent way to build your resume and make important professionals connections.