Hello all. I'm a former certified English teacher who has been out of the teaching game for 20 years now. I went the route of getting a 4-year degree in English and journalism and then going back to school later to take the classes necessary to become certified. I decided to do this AFTER graduating, so this was not the plan. Now, I have a HS daughter who wants to be an English teacher. Some colleges still offer licensure programs in 4 years...some add an extra semester after graduating, and then some are going to a 5-year program that includes a Masters Degree. Assuming that most teachers would go after a Masters Degree upon being hired, is it best to just do a 5-year program and get it done right away? Does this keep districts from hiring you because you cost more initially? Please advise. Thanks!