Master's Degree Advice

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  1. MissSteckler

    MissSteckler New Member

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    Hi everyone, I am having a dilemma, so any advice or experiences would be greatly appreciated!

    I currently live on Long Island, NY and I am in my first year of teaching. I work for a preschool and I am going to school for my master's degree in TESOL. Sooner than later, I would like to get a job in a district, as I have always wanted to teach elementary school. However, I know how tough Long Island can be for teachers, so I am very grateful to have my preschool position...

    My dilemma is, my family is pressuring me saying that I should take less classes and prolong receiving my master's degree, while I am applying to districts, because districts are less likely to higher someone with their master's degree because of the difference in pay. This is really discouraging because in NYS you need your master's within a certain amount of time, and I honestly just want to get the schooling done and over-with.

    Has anyone been in this situation? Do you find it easier to get hired with a bachelor's or harder because you had your master's?

    Thank you in advance! :)
     
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  3. Teachertimes

    Teachertimes Rookie

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    This seems to be true in my district. They will hire a first year teacher with a bachelors over a teacher with a masters. Why hire teachers with the same experience but have to pay one more. We are also required to have a masters degree but they give you plenty of time and you can take classes really slowly. I say hold off until after you get a job.
     
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    vickilyn Maven

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    My son was hired because he had his MEd in TEOSL, or ESL. The master's didn't prevent him from receiving multiple offers. East coast.
     
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    Leaborb192 Connoisseur

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    It's also based on WHO you know. So I feel like if they KNOW you well and you have a master's, you'll have a better shot. If you're just some Joe Schmo with a BA vs Joe Schmo with a MS, they prob will take the BA because it's cheaper. I'm at the point where I want a JOB. I'm currently in school, and would trade it for a job in a heart beat!
     
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    Maybe, but not always. My son, from NJ, sent applications out in VA, knowing no one. He still received multiple job offers based on his degree. I don't know how often it is about who you know, but I can state that it isn't always about the who but rather about what you know. Not looking to argue, but stating facts.
     
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    Went through a similar experience in MD. But my master's degree helped me to secure my elementary teaching position. The experience I gained through the practicum spoke wonders. My masters was in reading education (reading specialist). I was able to show my principals real data on how my students improved through our summer reading program and I was hired on the spot.
     
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    heatherberm Comrade

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    I think TESOL is in demand in enough places in NY that you'll be fine.
     
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    In the area, poorer school districts would hire anyone because they get less applicants. In the wealthier better performing districts, they hire more teacher with masters degree. they will sometimes hire someone with a bachelors (maybe they are related to someone etc) but they look for master degree/
     
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    MissSteckler New Member

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    Thank you for the advice everyone!! I guess I will just continue with my classes while I am applying and see what happens.
     
  11. bella84

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    It all depends on where you live... Since you live on Long Island, you'll need to talk to people there.
     
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    In LI you would need not only your masters but some experience too. They don't really hire a fresh outta school teacher with just a BA especially in elementary unless you know someone in the district.

    It's really hard to get a job on LI, NYC would hire you in much faster with TESOL.
     

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