Career Guidance Pursuing an online masters in history

Sep 2016
81
Toronto
I've done a degree in biochemistry but would like to teach history and fitness. Currently studying for a strength training certification for athletes and debating doing an online masters of Arts in history to save on cost.

Is this a good plan? Or am I just wasting my time? Teaching these two things is really important to me. Heck I even started a blog on showing how important history and physical training are.
 

Pedro

Forum Staff
Mar 2008
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My understanding is that if an online degree has any value it will because you will pay full tuition. If you want to do it on line check with a college you know that has a reputation.
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
6,765
Portugal
As far as I know, the History Masters are already more specialized, in a time period, in a civilization, in a field…

It is supposed that the student already has some basic skills in history, if not a History degree.

So you should think in what specialized area you want to research for the Masters, and thus select the school, from a smaller list of possibilities.

Since you like fitness you can try history of Fitness, history of sports… or something in that line (!). It is unusual but not unique.

But, for curiosity, you want to teach in a public school? Or some kind of private Academia? Usually in the public systems there are certain requirements.
 
Sep 2016
81
Toronto
As far as I know, the History Masters are already more specialized, in a time period, in a civilization, in a field…

It is supposed that the student already has some basic skills in history, if not a History degree.

So you should think in what specialized area you want to research for the Masters, and thus select the school, from a smaller list of possibilities.

Since you like fitness you can try history of Fitness, history of sports… or something in that line (!). It is unusual but not unique.

But, for curiosity, you want to teach in a public school? Or some kind of private Academia? Usually in the public systems there are certain requirements.
I would like to teach at the community college or high school level. And yes,vtgee are teaching experience requirements. Usually just a year if teaching experience. Or were you alluding to something else?
 

Tulius

Ad Honorem
May 2016
6,765
Portugal
I would like to teach at the community college or high school level. And yes,vtgee are teaching experience requirements. Usually just a year if teaching experience. Or were you alluding to something else?
I was alluding that the requisites for a Master change significantly from country to country, as far as I know in Portugal it is unusual that a person with a biochemistry degree goes to a Master in History (ages ago all of my colleagues had History or Archaeology degrees). Their degree is usually already in History and the Master is made in a more specialized field, or in regional terms or in chronological ones, or in Education (today the master in education is essential to teach).
 
Sep 2016
81
Toronto
I see.

That makes sense. However, I have taken a few courses in history while pursuing my undergraduate studies. I know, not the same as completely being immersed in a history program (I also didn't study an historiography or ways of approaching historical documentation) however, there are some translatable skills of understanding different biases that I feel I could translate over to the Masters program.

But nonetheless, yes, that is a jump to go from a biochemistry to history.