Background: I've been working as a tutor at an elementary school. I realized that I love the K-3 range, especially SpEd and ELL. I have a BA in Classics and do not know much about Education. I decided to go back to school. I am choosing WGU, because I have a lot of free time over the next 6 months and I can knock out credits. I am moving to the Richmond, VA area. I am hoping on being a Para next school year as I finish my degree. I have a 11K grant to pay off some of my schooling. Dilemma: WGU's SpEd Masters is only for certified teachers. My only option is a Post Ba or MAT that is K-8. There is also a B.A SpEd that leads to certification in Elementary K-8 and Sped K-12 in Virginia. 1) Should I go for the MAT? Pros: the MAT looks better on a resume; it is a 2K pay raise in the area I plan on applying. It might take me 2 years. Cons:I heard that elementary jobs are hard to get; I also have to knock out (probably) 15 creds of prerequisites(mostly math and science) before I can go for the MAT or Post Bac. 2)Should I go for BA SpEd? Pros: I will be certified in two subjects; a SpEd endorsement should allow me to get hired quicker, right? Cons: Will it look bad on a resume to have 2 bachelors and not a MAT? It might take me 2.5 years to complete. Thanks for your help!