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  1. Beth2004

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    I graduated with my BSE in elementary ed. in May 2005. I didn't end up with a job this year, but will be subbing throughout the rest of the year in the same building so I'm hoping that will turn into a position for next year.
    Anyway, I have been looking into the graduate programs from the school that I graduated from. They've got really great education programs (it was originally opened in the 1800s as a teacher-training school) so I really want to go there for my M.Ed. The programs I'm looking at are just a general M.Ed. in elementary or a M.Ed. in Reading. I just emailed the school requesting an application so that I can hopefully begin in the summer (it's too late to to apply for January).
    Does anyone have any advice of which may be better? I have to get my Masters within 5 years to keep my license, so that's not the issue, but do you think I'd be better off with a M.Ed. in Reading than just in Elementary Ed?
     
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    Everyone has told me to go for the degree in Reading (when I get to that point of course- I'm still a ways off). I ask everyone I can find- teachers, alumni that I have to call for work, administrators back home. They all told me that Reading cert. is a big thing they look for, and that a master's in elem. ed would cover too much of the same stuff I'll get in my BA
     
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    Unless you have another interest that is really pulling you, I'd go for reading. I am currently doing my masters program...just started this semester (got a while to go!), and I considered going for reading, but I decided I had a bigger interest in curriculum and instruction. So I'm going for my masters in elementary education with a leadership concentration (big words for I'll have a masters degree and elementary supervisors certificate). If I go back for a final degree or certification, it'll probably be reading or technology:)

    Good luck!!

    And going back where you went for undergrad is fun...I was so involved in the school of education where I went (College of NJ, formerly Trenton State), that my grad prof already knew who I was before I ever met her this semester. It just feels like home:) Plus, its 5 minutes from where I teach! Okay, I'm done rambling!
     
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    The only thing that would scare me about going back to the same school for my masters is the principal at the school where I want to teach says he hates that. He says staying at the same school shows that you aren't willing to change and try new things. But next year I'll be at my third college in three years (how sad), and I'll get my master's wherever I can, it depends on where my bf can get a job.
     
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    Here UNM is telling us to go for Math and Science. (though the school are stressing reading.) Both are telling us to steer away from Social Studies (history). I think that shifts every few years, a year ago UNM tried to get me to change to SS because of a shortage, now there is supposedly a surplus.:rolleyes:
     
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    same here, they are really targeting math and science. Saying there is a shortage is those areas. I persnally will go for reading because it was a hardship for me in school so I want to be prepared for those hardships that kids go through.
     
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    I'm not worried about that because actually, most of the principals and superintendents that I've spoken to have graduated from the school I went to for either their BS, M.Ed. or both! :) The school has a great reputation for producing teachers so really there was never a question that that's where I was going to go. I have a few friends that are going other places for their Masters because they know intense of a program it is from the school where we graduated from so they want to take the easiest route possible! haha
    I'm thinking I may do Reading because then I'll be able to take the state test for Reading and become a certified Reading specialist. That would be nice....something else to fall back on if I decide I don't want to have my own classroom (don't see that happening, though!). Anyway, thanks for the advice everyone!
     
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    I would recommend the Master's in Reading because it gives you a specialty. This way you can work as a elementary classroom teacher or a reading specialist. My Master's was in Early Childhood Education and helped get me a job teaching pre-k (need a specialized degree) when elementary classroom jobs in this area where scarce. Good Luck with your Master's
     

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