I knwo this is probably something I just need to decide for myself, but I'm interested in hearing some thoughts on it, anyway. I'm trying to decide if I should pursue my master's and teaching certification in early childhood and special education or art and special education. My goal is not really to become a classroom teacher, but to have my own business and teach. Originally, I was planning to open a child care center with a strong emphasis on art. I have been working towards that goal and have realized how very difficult it is to open a child care center (in NJ anyway). I haven't lost all hope for achieving that goal, however, I have come up with a new idea to open a children's art studio that would be marketed towards alll kids (including those without and without disabilities). I have about 18 credits in art (studio and history), but would need to take some additional undergraduate credits to fulfill the requirements. The early childhood/special ed program would take about 2 years full-time to complete. The art/special ed program would take at least 2 years, possibly longer. I guess my issue is that as much as I plan to have my own business, the early childhood degree/cert is probably more valuable in and of itself, will take less time, and is probably the easier of the two programs in general for me. However, I have a strong interest in the art program as well and could more easily see myself having the business teaching art OR teaching art in a public school, though I'm sure it would be much harder to find a job teaching art than gen. ed. It is also possible, though that I could use my art skills towards other types of businesses, too (photography, graphic design), though I think my abilities are best suited for child care/teaching art more than anything else. I don't know. I'm very confused and have been stuck in this place of indecision for sooooo long. I guess this is one of those heart (art) vs. head (early childhood) issues that I tend to have quite often. Any thoughts???