Looking to get a Masters

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  1. iSaxOvrTone88

    iSaxOvrTone88 New Member

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    Hey, guys! I'm a High School Advanced Journalism teacher and lately, I've been wanting to look into getting a master now. The thing is, is that I have no idea what I want to do.

    My bachelor's is in Multimedia Journalism so I'm not sure if I should pursue something along those routes or just do something more related to teaching.

    I take care of the yearbook and the Newspaper but I really don't want to be stuck in one place for too long. I feel like a position in policy making would be neat or maybe curriculum development. I'm just not sure

    Are there any Masters Degree holders here that can shed some light on what I should look for?
     
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  3. Caesar753

    Caesar753 Multitudinous

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    This depends entirely on your own interests and where you would like to be down the road.

    My own masters degree is in my content area. I'm going to get another one soon in a different content area. I have zero desire to move up to admin, so I don't see any point in getting certain Ed degrees.
     
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    Ms.Holyoke Comrade

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    I am getting a MAT in middle school math.
     
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    whizkid Rookie

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    What Caesar said.

    I have a master's in management and a specialist in educational leadership, both of which gave me a pay raise and another coming next school year.
     
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    whizkid Rookie

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    I got my masters before I went into teaching.
     
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  7. Sab

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    A Master's can be useful to have and increase your pay, but I have heard that having one doesn't boost student achievement UNLESS your master's is in something like science or math and that's the subject you teach...I'm not sure about journalism but I feel like having it in that subject would be better than a general master's in education, definitely look into it, also depends on what you want to do later on in your career like you said
     
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    In my district in order to get the pay raise your MA has to be directly correlated to what you teach, so I really had no choice but to do a SPED program. Teachers with MA degrees get paid significantly more in my district, and since experience steps keep getting frozen but they continue to pay raises for MA degrees, it was basically my only option to make more money. Without the financial incentive I honestly wouldn't have bothered. For the most part, the stuff in my MA classes wasn't new information for me. I also actually found my undergrad classes to be significantly more "rigorous." I do make about $7,000 more per year than I did with just the BA (and if we ever get our "steps" back that will go up), so that made it worth it.
     
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    I make around $4,000 more with a specialist than I would with just a bachelor's, so it's definitely worth it.
     
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    mrsf70 Rookie

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    I would love to get my masters, but in Indiana there are no pay increases with the addition of one. So, it's basically become and administrator to get a raise, or not get a masters at all.
     
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    whizkid Rookie

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    I would imagine it would be hard to keep teachers with that pay structure.
     
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    mrsf70 Rookie

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    New teacher licensing has dropped dramatically since 2010 when the state legislature adopted new guidelines for teachers. Not only do we get no pay increase for a masters degree, there are no step increases each year. You are essentially frozen at the salary you hire in at, unless you switch districts.
     
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    By doing that, they're not offering an incentive to teachers to further their depth of knowledge by pursuing higher levels of education. And I thought my state was bad......
     
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    It truly does depend on your individual situation. When I originally started teaching, my goal was to work toward an MFA in writing. Instead, based on the culture of my school and my own change in interests, I went for an M.Ed in Educational Leadership, and now I'm finishing my principal's license. I work on my content area knowledge through NCTE and other means.
     
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    I'm in the middle of getting my master in Library and Information Science which will qualify me for library media specialist certification in my state (NY). I eliminated pretty much all of the administrative programs because I have zero interest in going into administration. I considered literacy, but in NY, my program also qualifies me to work in a public library and I decided that was a good option to have in case I decide at some point that I want to leave public education. I think, like someone else said, it really just depends on where you see yourself going.
     

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