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[–] iwasauniprofessor [S] 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago  (edited ago)

Hi and thanks for the question.

I'll contrast them professionally first and then personally.

Professional certifications are not recognised in most universities mainly because you have to have a level higher than the students that you are grading. So you need to have a masters if you grade degree students, you need to have a doctorate if you are grading masters students.

Personally I don't know enough about certs vs. degrees, I would imagine that it's pretty specific to the field that you are working in. Degrees in any case basically tell your employer that you are determined enough to work towards a goal for four years, certificates do not display the same commitment. International certifications would be viewed the same as certificates. Unfortunately you have to have the correct papers to get into academia, it's basically a 'boys club', do the same shit we went through in order to be recognised. I was at a disadvantage at uni because I didn't have a doctorate only a masters and that capped me at a certain pay even though the courses that I taught were insanely lucrative for the uni.

I'm sure that uni's are offering these courses simply because the money is cheap (student loans are easy to get) and they wanted more students, but they couldn't have the barriers so high. They made a decision (because other uni's also made that decision) to let in any fucktard with a wad of cash. Don't think of uni's as bastions of education, they are a business first and foremost, if your grant money is gone so is your job. It doesn't matter how good a teacher you are or how important your department is to society. At one stage uni's were pushing education but right now they are business, squeezing out professors (many professors are still on the 'adjunct' track... this means they have no real contract and teach the longest hours) and honing in on 'popular' courses.