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Old 02-18-2013, 06:34 PM
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I've been teaching for around 10 years now, and was thinking of earning a specialist or doctorate degree. I would primarily do this for the increased income and just as a new goal.

A few questions: Are you earning your degree online (where?) or the traditional route? How long will it take you to earn the degree? Why did you decide to pursue an advanced degree? Any advice?

Thank you for answering some questions for me as I think "aloud."


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Old 02-18-2013, 06:37 PM
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Our Governor threw this out. Currently in Wisconsin, this will not get you a raise. In fact we had several teachers who were almost done....and they did not change on the salary schedule.

The majority of the people in our district earned their MPD through a 2 year "Learning Community" through a state university. Thye were small groups and located near our district. The cost was just under $9K.
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Old 02-18-2013, 09:09 PM
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we get a $2600 yearly bonus for having a master's degree (well, we have to get a master's degree by a certain date or certification runs out) but a doctorate is frowned on. There is no financial incentive to get it and one teacher who took a leave to get one was demoted when she returned. Oh, I got my masters at a college and it took 6 yrs part time but the usual time limit is 5 yrs. I do know some people who got theirs online which was much harder and also a couple of people who got their doctorate online.
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Old 02-19-2013, 04:15 AM
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I am pursuing a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies. It's halfway to a doctorate if you don't have familiarity with it.

Our large urban district encourages advanced degrees. Half of this certificate was paid for fully by the district and the other half is greatly reduced. Additionally, there is a salary increase (along with expected leadership within the district.) That's really the only reason why I did it.

People keep telling me I should go for a doctorate- I don't think so! I am tired of going to school, and I am in my mid-50s so the return on investment is not worth it. Can you tell I used to be in business? The district does give more $ for a doctorate, but I have NO desire to be in administration, so no thank you.

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Old 02-19-2013, 04:50 AM
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That's exactly why I got my specialist degree 3 years ago. Luckily, we have a really good college that is nearby, so 3 of us did it together. That was great because we were able to commute and work on assignments together. It took 5 semesters and I took classes over one summer also, so it was a year and a half. It was definitely worth it for me, especially since I will be retiring in a couple of years, so it will boost my retirement pay.


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Old 02-19-2013, 02:23 PM
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I am doing it! In fact, I'll be done this summer. Our state threw out the pay increase as well. I am using it to get out of education. I just can't take it in my state or district anymore.
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Old 02-19-2013, 06:46 PM
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I am doing mine on-line through Concordia University in River Forest, IL in educational technology. I am doing it for a number of reasons. Yes, there will be a raise, but also if I pass the certification test it will open new teaching positions for me and I think it improves my practice and may allow for a future in teaching distance learning or higher ed.
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