Masters Degree

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  1. vickilyn

    vickilyn Virtuoso

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    Do you see any way to link the two degrees? Sometimes an easy add credential may suddenly create a reason for having the Masters, hence a reason for it to be considered for a pay bump. That doesn't change the message - if in doubt, waiting and experience may make the path clearer and more useful.
     
  2. MaleTeacher

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    My bachelor's degree is in elementary education. My master's is in Teaching English Learners. According to the state's policy, "Teachers that are new to the District or Teachers that are rehired after a break in service may receive pay for advanced degrees provided the degree is held in their teaching certification area." I am not certified in ESL education. I would have to go back to college and take 18 credits, I cannot simply take a test to add this to my license. Right now I can't afford to pay my current students loans, let alone take on more debt.
     
  3. futuremathsprof

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    How much student loans do you have? Have you looked into Teacher Student Loan Forgiveness programs? Have you tried applying for grants or scholarships? 18 credits doesn’t seem like a lot — maybe 5 or 6 classes? You might even try taking like 1-2 classes at a time, which seems more affordable.
     
  4. FourSquare

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    I completed 2 master's degrees and regret nothing! I didn't have a bachelor's in education, so my first graduate degree was to complete alternative certification. I went back after 4 years of teaching to get a reading specialist certification because I knew I always wanted to do something with literacy. I'll tell you that my second degree was a very different experience having some teaching under my belt. Classroom discussions were more relevant. Inexperienced peers were also very irritating. :D

    The issue of being "too expensive" is completely a case by case basis, here. Hiring is principal driven and some principals are definitely cheap. I've always told myself I don't want to work for anyone who doesn't value good fit over money, anyway, so that's not a problem for me. I work in a district that is high needs enough that finding a job has never been an issue.

    The biggest downfall of school is sitting on 70K of loans between my 3 degrees. Make sure you get a graduate degree in something you're actually going to use. (I always said your undergrad can be for fun, but playing around in grad school is expensive.)
     
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  6. futuremathsprof

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    70K?! Oof.

    Hopefully, those are federal so they qualify for PSLF...
     
  7. teacherguy111

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    Feb 11, 2019 at 9:38 AM

    Here in central Ohio it is hard to get fired with your masters. Though it isn't impossible. If someone is going back to school to become a teacher and needs to keep a job - you pretty much don't have a choice but to do a masters. I did my masters in Educational technology and it added an endorsement for teach computers k-12.
     

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