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Old 06-30-2015, 06:40 AM
 
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I'm having to decide, within the next month, if I want to pursue teaching or my Master's of Library & Information Science. I'm 30 now and this would be a career change (I work in management now). I've already completed a teacher training program, all I have to do is take my cert. exams & apply for jobs. I've also already been accepted into a grad program.

My goal is to be a school librarian/media specialist. In my state you have to teach a minimum of 3 years in a classroom before being eligible to be a school librarian. My question is, should I do my master's first or start working on those 3 years in the classroom? I really don't think it would be wise to do both at the same time. I'd want to be able to give both all my attention and I don't think being a first year teacher and working on a master's is a smart choice.

Either way, I'm looking at at least 5 years before I'm even eligible to start looking for school librarian positions.


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I just completed my Master's of Library Science, and next school year will be my first year as a school librarian. Honestly, having taught in a classroom really helped me with many of the school library courses in grad school, so I suggest you get your first year or two out of the way. I completed my master's degree online through TWU while teaching full time. I am also a mom of two, so you can get your degree while teaching. I also noticed in my interviews for school librarian position, it helped that I was presently teaching, I was able to answer many of the questions easier.

I was able to complete my degree in 2 years while teaching full time, so it can be done. But you are correct, your first year teaching will be the most difficult. I highly suggest you wait before starting until you get your first year or two out of the way.

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I think you should definitely get your teaching started, and after your first year, begin taking your masters courses over the summer. Some school districts reimburse at least part of your masters program.

One more reason is you will be more affordable without a masters.

Good luck!
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