Columbia is only in Tokyo. TUJ is in Tokyo Osaka and Fukuoka.1) What are some of the advantages of doing the TUJ MSEd TESOL degree versus a similiar one (e.g. the Columbia MA TESOL)? What exactly is the difference between an MA and MSEd in TESOL? Research-based vs. more practical courses?
[My objective being to obtain the degree in order to find a university teaching job in Japan.
Columbia you need to be teaching as a you have a practicum. TUJ you dont need to be teaching but need to be able to afford the fees. Columbia you do over 3 summers but TUJ you can take up to 5 years to complete your degree. Pay As You Go.
TUJ is an Education degree (M.Ed) while Columbia is an Arts degree. No real difference in content and both are acceptable for getting jobs here. A bit of rivlary between people who do Ed degrees and those who do Arts degrees e.g. that a D.Ed is not a real PhD etc. Educational snobbery.
I am a graduate of Temple in Japan. a 3 credit course is 200,000 yen. You need 30 credits to graduate with an MEd or about 2 million yen in total over 3 years. You can do the degree by completing each 3 credit course course as you can afford it. It took me 3 years to complete my degree but i have known people to do it in 2. Temple lets you do 3 courses or 9 credits before admitting you into the MeD program.2) I believe the cheapest TUJ tuition (at the Fukuoka campus) is around 204000yen for the entire program. Back in the US, (I think) that amounts to getting a Masters at a pretty good university (not to say Temple U. isn't).
Would I be better off to just go back to the US, get a MA or MS TESOL from a university there, and then try to find a job back in Japan? I suppose I'd save quite a bit of money, although I lose out on the experience of being in Japan WHILE I'm in school.
I have a friend who has quit his job in japan to get hin MA in the US but that means he is earning no money while he does his degree. Do the TUJ you can work at the same time, do courses in the evenings. Its HARD, but doable. I did it for 3 years. If you are single you can do it. If you have a gfamily moving back to the US and having no income is logistically tricky and expensive as wife still has to eat.
Not only that back in the US you are out of the loop for jobs. Contacts are important here for finding jobs.
I know one guy in Shikoku married with two kids who CANT go to Temple but is doing a degree with University of Southern Queensland in Australia. If you cant go to temple or Columbia. Distance or going home for a year are your best alternatives. You may want to go to a school that is not necessarily distance. Not that distance degrees are bad but some prefer the chalk and talk and interaction with professors and other students. If youc an study by yourself, have access to a library and resources and internet, distance is OK too.3) That said, for people like me interested in working in Japan and interested in pursuing a graduate degree in TESOL and are not tied to having to go to a Japan campus, is it safe to assume the smartest (economically speaking, at least) move would be to either return home to do the degree or do a distance learning one and THEN return to Japan?