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I am looking to advance my career (either different job or higher salary).

Could anyone tell me:

1. Are there masters programs that would lead to different jobs in the education field (out of the classroom) other than administration? For example, I think I would enjoy being a media specialist, but I am worried I would not be able to find a job in that field due to there not being many openings.

2. Why do people choose to get endorsements? I know they don't increase your salary. Do they lead to different jobs?

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1. You could go back to school to be an SLP, school psych, or an OT. You would be working with the SPED population, but it would also give you more opportunities outside of education.

2. If you get an endorsement that earns you credits, that would lead to an increase in salary. Some people also get endorsements in my state because it's now legally required to work with certain SPED students.

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1. In addition to the jobs eeza mentioned, you could also look into an EL endorsement or a reading specialist endorsement.

2. In my district, the extra credits needed to get the endorsement would bump you up on the salary scale. Our salary scale is set up BA +15, +30, etc. and then MA +15, +30, etc. so you don't have to get a complete degree to move up. In my district, experience steps are often frozen but they never freeze "lane raises" (raises for getting more credit hours), so there's a huge incentive to get more credits in my district. I pretty much got my MA degree solely becuase it was the only way to get a big raise in my district.
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In my district, specialists (reading teachers, reading specialist, math teacher, ESL, technology, library, PE, etc) need to have an endorsement or degree specialization in their teaching area unless the contract is non-continuing (1 school year only). That is why most people I know add endorsements here - to move from classroom teachings to a specialization.

Another reason to add an endorsement is to improvi your knowledge and teaching in a specific area. For example, my school has a large refugee and migrant population. Most of our teachers, if they like our school and plan to stay, eventually decide to add an ELL endorsement because it helps them feel more prepared and equipped to work with our student population.

Credits for endorsements or a Masters degree are included in our salary scale, so they would increase pay. Also, they could give you an edge if you are applying for jobs against other candidates.
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I got my SpEd endorsement so I could teach Special Education. The hours also counted towards my hours for more pay. An endorsement is generally fewer hours than a masters. It really depends what your ultimate goal is.


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