Which should I choose?

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  1. MaleTeacher

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    Hello everyone, I am going to be starting my master's degree and wanted to get your input. I am able to get a master's degree in the following areas:
    -M.Ed in Integrated Curriculum
    -M.Ed in Literacy
    -M.Ed in Teacher Leadership
    -M.Ed in Teaching English Learners

    They are all the same length and have the same credit hour requirements. The cost will remain the same, regardless of which one I go with. I was an elementary teacher, am now a substitute, and will relocating to another state for a full time elementary position in January. I like each degree area, but am not sure which one to choose. I would like to be a teacher for a while, and don't plan on going into administration. I was hoping for your advice and input, since I know many people on this forum have more experience in this than me.
     
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    Depending on where you are at, I'd imagine that the last would probably be the most marketable -- many places could really use high quality teachers that can engage within the ELL program.
     
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    I will be relocating to Miami, Florida. I did check its demographics, and there is a very high immigrant population. I definitely think that choosing the master's in teaching English learners would fit. However, I am still not sure (plan to call tomorrow), but the Miami-Dade county doesn't pay you extra for a master's unless it is correlated with your bachelor's degree major. Mine was simply elementary education (didn't receive any minors), so I have to check and see if they would pay me extra if I chose this degree area.
     
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    If you're planning on teaching for a while, I think literacy or English Learners would probably be the most beneficial as far as getting hired goes. Like mathmagic said, depending on where you are and what kind of district you're hoping to teach in, being comfortable with English Language Learners can be huge. My former district was so desperate for teachers with that certification that for a while, they were paying for teachers to go back and get it. If you're thinking at all about special ed, I'd consider literacy. My students see me instead of a reading specialist which is a little unfortunate because I'm not a specialist. If I thought I was going to stay in the classroom long-term, I'd probably get that myself. (I'm hoping to move to the library in the next few years.) There's so much emphasis on inclusion now that literacy is probably a plus in any setting.
     
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    ELL in Miami would make you highly marketable!
     
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    I would have to agree with the others. You need to choose which one will be most applicable to the area you are teaching in. When I chose my MA in Reading, I was looking at what my school would need the most. We don't have an ELL population here (literally 0), so an MA in ELL would have been pointless for me. You need to take a good look at what your area/school needs and go from there.
     
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    But also think about the future. My home town had 0 ELL's, but the population is slowly growing. There will be a need for the teachers, but there won't be any. In fact one of the local schools had ten identified in the elementary schools and needed a certified ESL teacher, but they didn't have one at the time. They were going to put the kids on a bus over an hour away to a school that did have one. They ended up snagging an out of state teacher at the last minute.

    You really have to think about how the population of students will change.
    I say a Master's in Literacy OR TESOL will be beneficial because regardless the populations will need teachers who understand and are qualified to service the needs. If you get some sort of joint cert that would be even better!
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