I'm almost finished with my M.A.T. I'll be certified to teach Preschool-3rd and Students with Disabilities. It has taken me a long time to complete this degree and I've gone back and forth about teaching since I was in my undergrad program (which was initially in teaching, then I switched to Family Services). I LOVE kids and I've always worked with kids, but I just don't feel like being in a public school classroom is where I am meant to be. I know I can do other things with this degree, but I'm not sure exactly what else I would do. I feel like the money wouldn't be as good doing anything else. I've looked up jobs in early intervention and social work type of jobs but it seems like although I'm more qualified having this degree, the pay is still what I'd get if I just had a bachelor's degree. After all the work I've put in, I really want to be happy doing my job, but I also have a ton of loans to pay back, so I need to think about finances. Maybe I will like being in the classroom eventually. There's nothing I hate about it. I just feel like somewhere else would be a better fit for me. I guess I don't think I am going to be a very good teacher. I'm not very good at lesson planning, for example. But, I am very good at connecting with kids. So, I think my role would be better as someone who is there primarily to help kids (not that that teachers don't, of course), rather than to teach lessons. I just kind of needed to get this out, too, because I feel like all of my family and friends are tired of hearing me going back and forth about this for years already. If anyone has any advice, though, I'd really appreciate it.