Grad school? What did you major in?

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  1. maestraraven96

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    Hi, I am a recent graduate and wanted to ask about graduate school. I have a BA in Spanish Lang and Lit. I was wondering what type of endorsements or degrees you guys have. I have been thinking of ESL/Bilingual endorsement. Maybe a Spanish graduate degree so I can teach the higher levels (colleges).

    I have yet to obtain a job, but my hopes are up.
     
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    I wasn’t interested in any of the education degrees offered at the closest university, so my MA is in American and British literature. With more online programs and newer additions to the education program in recent years, I probably would have made a different choice. The 25-year-old me and the almost 48-year-old me think differently, but I am too close to retirement to go for another degree.
     
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    Add Esl because it fits well with your certification. Start grad school coursework slow and easy, using tuition reimbursement to acquire credits. Sometimes an opportunity will present itself when you least expect it - I paid virtually nothing for my MEd. in ESL because of being in a cohort, which had a grant to prepare more ESL teachers in my state. Free and a substantial pay hike that has influenced what salary I could advocate for when changing jobs. Personally, I subscribe to the lifelong learner concept, which is why I still take classes, using tuition reimbursement, when I see where and how the additional coursework can help me grow as a teacher.

    Good luck with the job search.
     
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    As you may already know, grad school can be quite expensive. Therefore, you should have a definite career plan before returning to college. If your plan is to teach Spanish at the college level, then you may not have to bother getting the endorsements or certification required to be a public school teacher. Have you checked out articles like this yet? Careful planning will help you to avoid wasting time and money to reach your ultimate goal and often involves asking the right questions.
     
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    Here in CA, teachers either have a CLAD or BCLAD. I have a Spanish BCLAD. I get a very modest stipend for having the bilingual credential.

    My grad school work focused on Educational Leadership.
     
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    I am interested in Bilingual/ESL. I am not native, I imagine the certification would be hard. I have been learning learning Spanish since 6th grade or so. Teaching college is just an idea not set in stone. I heard that majoring in something that is education oriented that you won't be able to teach higher only go up in the steps right??
     
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    I'm currently working on my M.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction with a literacy emphasis.

    I would probably recommend teaching for a little bit first before starting grad school. I knew when I started my first year that I wanted my master's eventually, but it wasn't until last December-ish that I felt really ready and sure of what I wanted to do. It can be a lot of money to put into something you're not 100% sure of.

    Also, I'm not sure I understand your last sentence about majoring something education oriented? Are you saying that you've been told to study something you won't be certified in so you get the pay bump but not added certs/extra classes to teach?
     
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    I meant if I want to teach a higher-ed I would have to do something like Spanish and not curriculum.

    I've thought about doing curriculum an instruction. In student teaching I basically made my own curriculum. What do you do with it in teaching?
     
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    Oh, gotcha. That makes sense.
    A lot of it so far is going back to the basics -- classroom management, teacher leadership, standards-driven learning, etc. But my student teaching was 5 years ago, and other than how to plan a unit I don't remember much of anything I learned in my undergrad classes. I wanted something that would refresh what I was supposed to have learned then. I haven't gotten to implement much of what I've learned so far just because of my job last year (I was reading intervention, not a classroom teacher) and summer break, but I'm excited to see how I can use some of it next year in my class. Mostly it's just made me more knowledgeable on research and some of the things my school does, whether we do them well or not. Plus I'll get a pay bump after this school year, so that's pretty nice.
     
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    I'm working on my MLIS right now. I'll likely eventually transition to being a high school media specialist.
     
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    I’m probably the exception. I studied something completely out of education (sport and event management) in grad school because I was truly interested in it. This does not advance my career in no way shape or form. But I reckon the only way I was going to write a 25 thousand word thesis and not go bonkers was if I was interested in the topic and wanted to learn more about it at a deeper level. Don’t get me wrong I love my job and i do readings to improve how I teach because I want to be an effective teacher; but I don’t want to teach all day and spend all night writing about it.
     
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    1) Bachelors in Mathematics

    2) Masters in Mathematics Education (The weird part is that there very few actual education classes and mostly upper division math courses, lol!)

    3) Full Single Subject Teaching Credential in Math (I’m certified to teach math for grades 6-12.)
     
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    That's pretty similar to what my undergrad degree was in. Every now and then I do find a connection between it and education. Did you get a pay boost for that masters, or did it not count since it wasn't in education?
     
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    B.A - Theatre Arts
    M.A. - English
    18 credits - Set Design & Art Direction
    12 credits - History
    Theatre PK-12, English 9-12, History 9-12 certifications

    If you have any desire to teach at the college level, or in Dual Enrollment at the high school level, you must have a masters in content, not education. Where I am, DE is huge, and schools are having a hard time finding teachers--too many people have M.Eds instead of M.A. M.Eds, in my opinion, are a dime a dozen, and around here, they are very easy to come by, at least relative to my M.A.
     
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    I didn’t get a pay boost for my masters. I did go for another education related certification that wasn’t a masters and that boosted my pay.
     
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    Fate can be funny. There's no telling when your master's degree could still end up being valued, earning a higher salary.
     
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    B.A. - History, economics and poli sci
    M.A. - History
    J.D.
    M.Ed - Educational Leadership
     
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    In my area, the community colleges let you teach Math if you have a Bachelors in Math AND a Masters in Mathematics Education OR just a Masters in Math, so I qualify. My diploma also says Master of Arts in Mathematics Education so it is not an M.Ed.
     
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    Bachelor Criminal Justice
    Master's Family Studies with emphasis on adolescent behavior
     
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    :openmouth:

    WOW! That's quite impressive!

    B.A., Spanish
    M.S., Childhood Education
    M.S.Ed., Literacy Specialist (Anticipated December 2018)

    And I have a bunch of random graduate credits that were electives from different programs.

    :D
     
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