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masters degree advice needed!
Old 12-21-2007, 06:52 AM
 
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I graduated with my bachelors degree in May, and I'm interested in starting work on my masters degree soon (maybe even this summer). I figure now would be a good time because I'm not married and have no children. There are 2 great universities in my area, and they offer every masters degree imaginable.

Here's my problem...I have no idea what to get mine in! I don't think I want to get it in Elementary Education because I feel that would limit me if I ever wanted to leave the classroom. I'm not interested in administration, counseling, or special ed. I would like to learn more about being a reading coach or a media specialist. If you have a masters degree, I'd like to hear is what it is. Is getting a masters degree worth it? And would I be limiting myself if I got it in Elementary Education? Any advice is welcome! Thanks in advance!


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You could get a Master in Education with a focus in reading or curriculum and instruction if you wanted to be a reading coach or a media specialist. Getting a master in education will not limit you to elementary. Getting a master's degree is well worth it!
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Getting a Master's Degree is definetely worth it. I got mine in reading. You're right that now would be a good time since you're not married and have no children. It took me three years going part time. It was a lot of work but I'm glad I did it. No only could you leave the classroom if you ever wanted to, but your salary would go up because of your advanced degree.
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I went to Walden University. I think they call it Canter University now. I loved it. I earned a masters in Reading and Literacy. Great program.
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I just finished my Masters in 16 months (as a single mother to a 2 and 6 year old no less) in School Admin. You could look a that area if it is an interest or School Counseling as well as the other suggestions. It's definitely worth getting!


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I got my first masters in Education with an emphasis in reading and I'm working on another one (crazy, I know ) in Instructional Design and Technology. I'd like to get into educational consulting and/or media design someday. It keeps me busy - but I don't have kids yet and my DH is as busy as I am. I'd definitely suggest doing it now while you have the freedom as it will help you move up the salary scale and give you more options in the future. Good luck!
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but it seems like reading and ELL (teaching English Language Learners) are the two biggies in my area!

It is definitely worth it!
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Definitely worth it!
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I am wrapping up my master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Reading. It has taken me three years going part-time, but this has been the perfect time for me as I am not married and have no children. I have really valued the new experiences with colleagues, and it has opened up doors for me and allowed me to experience other avenues in education I might have never tried. Good luck in your endeavor!
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until you've taught a few years. Wait and see which program will interest you the most and will best enhance your teaching. Choose wisely. Getting a masters is a wonderful idea and really will help you advance--just get it in something that you'll really appreciate. I don't think you have an idea just yet, and I don't think you should jump until you know. The first year or two of teaching is so hard--I waited till my fourth year to begin and I will be finishing in July.
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I wonder the same thing except i've been teaching for 11 years. I don't know if I will stay a special ed teacher forever, or even a teacher forever. I want to leave my options open, but I still want to get a master's degree. I'd prefer to do it online.


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I completely agree with mt-- I must have originally skipped over the fact that you just graduated. I'd work for a bit to see where your interests lie, what is in demand in your area, and also be careful not to educate yourself out of a job if there is any chance you might have to look for a new job after this year or the next (in some areas, they get rif each year until they have seniority and/or tenure).

I do think a masters is almost always worth it. (I say almost always because I have heard of a few people here on PT feeling like the masters was making them more expensive and they were having difficulty finding jobs; particularly when they have limited experience but a higher degree). I have one in school psychology.
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