Post # 1
I’m almost finished with my Early Childhood Ed degree. I have 6 classes left until I TOSS (pre-student teaching with a set, 6 class schedule) and student teach.
I can either…
A. Take 4 classes (12 hours) this spring and 2 (6 hours) over the summer.
B. Take 5 classes (15 hours) in the spring and 1 (3 hours) over the summer.
C. Take 6 classes in the spring and have summer off to wedding plan before the insanity starts.
My parents pay for my fall and spring classes, but summer comes out of my student loan money. I have a scholarship that covers most of everything, so it’d be less than $1,000 for 2 summer classes.
If it helps, I have health and PE, reading, 2 science, and 2 math classes left. Everything except the health and PE class are Education classes, so they’re “How to Teach/What You Need to Know to Teach Elementary-level” classes.
Post # 3
Take all your classes in the spring and get them over with. Then you get to have a whole summer to re-group and plan your wedding.
Post # 4
I took 6 or 7 courses all through my engineering degree. Totally doable, and you get it over with quicker!
Post # 5
@Pinkmoon: The only thing that worries me is that I’ve always taken 4 or 5. I have to take 6 next fall when I TOSS, but I’m a little nervous about it. It’s the most we’re allowed to take, so it’s kind of intimidating.
Post # 6
Honestly I woul say 5 and 1. The one summer class is not that much, so you can still take the class and wedding plan, that way you have the time to focus on each class. I would rather just have a short summer class than feel overwhelmed for a whole semester.
Post # 7
I did 6 classes one semester once and it was way too many credits and I failed a class. I have NEVER failed a class before!! Granted, I was also working near full time hours at the time, so maybe if you’re not working you can do it. But 2 math and 2 science in 1 semester? I would leave 1 class out for the summer. I’m sure you’ll have plenty of time to wedding plan with only 1 summer class without jeopardizing your grades. 5 classes was pretty normal for me. The only reason why I didn’t suggest 4 and 2 is because you shouldn’t take loans out if you can avoid it (wuthout jeopardizing your grades). If 6 classes is something you’ve done before and have been fine with, then by all means, go for it.
Post # 8
Do 4 and 2. You won’t qualify for financial aid if you only take one class, which would sway my decision. Also, you will be completely overwhelmed with work if you take 6 classes.
Post # 9
@futuremrsk18: I don’t work and can’t once I start TOSSing. The science and maths are allowed to be taken together, so it’s not a big deal. Those math classes are basically like being in elementary school again.
I already have the loan money (had to take it out last summer for the 4 classes I took). What’s left over will more than pay for summer this semester.
@peachacid: I’d have to double check, but I’m 99% sure it doesn’t matter how many classes I take per semester as long as I’m full-time over the course of the year. Or something like that. So my scholarship will still come through with one class.
Post # 10
I’ve done max credits and IMO, its way better than summer courses. Yes summer courses are shorter but in my experience that means you are in a lecture for like 3.5 hours twice a week for the session and I personally find that to be not helpful for learning anything. Also, if you have to take 6 next Fall, why not take 6 in the Spring and see how it goes. I assume you havea drop period so if you are realy feeling overwhelmed you can drop one and pick it up in the summer.
As a bonus, the $1000 you don’t spend on summer classes will come in handy planning a wedding or even better… honeymoon fund!
My goal was to get through school with as many degrees and as little debt possible to I would not hesitate to do the 6 courses, 4 is a waste of money sicne you pay the same tuition (even if it is your parents’ money).
Post # 11
I’m an elementary education major, and the classes are EASY. Maybe you are lucky and are challenged in your courses, but ours is a lot of fluff. I’m bored stiff right now with 15 credits. I’ve regularly taken 18, and find that load is just about right. When I did 21 credits, it was horrible (though it was mostly due to having one absolutely terrible class, and it would have been horrible whether I had 12 or 21 credits).
Take the summer off! Get the 6 over with now. And the money saved is great.
Post # 12
@slicey19: My tuition varies by how many hours I’m taking. I thought that was the norm?
@bowsergirl: Mine’s probably not much better, even though my school has a wonderful repuation. I don’t get it. I’ve heard horror stories about the two sciences, but that’s about it. I took 12 hours over the summer with no problem except that I was ALWAYS at school.
Post # 13
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@mepayne: In back in 2000-2004 when I was in college non-summer tuition did not vary with number of credits just whether you were full or part time. I have been looking to go back to school and it seems things have changed since then re: cost and number of credits. Im betting some PPs are like me and think you pay the same whether you have 12 or 20 credits a semester/ quarter.
Post # 14
I would maybe take 5 because 6 is a LOT to take.. that’s the biggest reason. And then just having to worry about only one class really won’t interfere with your wedding planning too much. Its nice to get it over with, but at the same time you want to set yourself up to do the best that you can.
Post # 15
@mepayne: I really don’t think it will be that bad. I know with our education math classes it’s super basic math, but you just have to explain what you’re doing and why. It can be challenging, don’t get me wrong, and there is quite a bit of work. If it were me I would rather save on the summer tuition and have one hard semester.
Post # 16
@mepayne: I was a Secondary English Education major and I think that 5 classes in the Spring Semester and 1 class in the Summer Semester would be great. Taking 1 class in the summer doesn’t really hinder on much free time you will have in the summer anyway. Deciding to take 6 or just 5 classes all at once might mean the difference between being extremely overwhelmed and not doing your best or still be a bit relaxed. It is up to you though but yeah, TOSS and Student Teaching was quite crazy and overwhelming in itself. It was fun though! Enjoy being in college and don’t overwhelm yourself. After college is when the craziness really starts!