I would LOVE some advice from anyone! First off, I am 35 yrs old and have three kids... 12, 10, and 8. I work part time from home and my husband works out of the home. I am currently a psychology student. I am going to Thomas Edison (an online college) and will complete my BA at the end of August next year. I got my AA at my local community college and tried going to get my BA at a traditional 4 yr school but it was too demanding with young kids. I took a couple years off and then tried again. I love online classes (please no criticism for getting my degree online). I would like to be something along the lines of a marriage and family therapist and I realize, that to practice, I need an advanced degree. I am almost positive I need only a Master's. While getting something beyond that sounds appealing, it also sounds like an insane amount of work and I'm not sure I want to invest that amount of time and money.
Here's my problem. I would like to get my Master's at a brick and mortar school. I don't want to get it online. But no one around me offers a Master's program in a field I want to be in. There are PhD programs. And then I get confused over PhD vs. PsyD. I read PsyD was more for practical application and PhD was for research and academia. Am I correct?
What did other moms do when they wanted to work on an advanced degree and moving to an area where there was a certain program wasn't an option? Should I try to get into a PhD and then, along the way, would I earn my Master's? How much work does it take to get a PhD? I have this mental clock ticking that says I would like to not be retirement age by the time I start working. ;)
Any advice or help or even sharing your experience would be helpful. I am not particularly interested in teaching. I want to counsel. Thank you!