Is it a waste of time to get my Masters?

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  1. MsVanillawafer

    MsVanillawafer Rookie

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    Hello everyone,

    I realized that in PA I needed to get my masters degree in order to get my level 2 certificate. First off, I have no interest in going back to school. My decision to do this was purely because I wanted the slight pay increase and that I HAVE to get it anyway.

    I found a program that does cohort classes right where I teach. Its a respectable school (Cabrini College). I enrolled in just a Masters of Education program. Its very convenient and I will be finished the degree in August 2012.

    Well, the other day my Vice Principal pretty much yelled at me for doing that. She said "Why would you just get a Masters of Education when you have an undergraduate degree in Elementary and you are already certified? You need to make yourself more marketable." Honestly, I didnt want to tell her the truth but I would have liked to say "You're lucky Im going back as it is, let alone for something else." I have no interest in Reading Specialist and while Special Education would be helpful in my regular education classroom, my school is very quick to move those with that degree to the Special Education classrooms. I do not want to do that. I am perfectly happy in my classroom with my 17 regular ed students and my 8 with special needs. I am one of the best teachers when it comes to differentiation (I've been told) and I am happy. The most I would want to do is take the certification test for Middle School Science and teach that later in life.


    So my question to all of you. Do you think it is "stupid" to only get my masters in education without a focus?
     
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  3. MissTeach22

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    No! A masters degree furthers your knowledge - it is something you persue because of YOUR interest - not something purely to make you more "marketable" (while some I am sure feel different)....I am a certified Elem/Early Childhood teacher, I will graduate in May with a masters in Elem. Edu with a concentration in Early Childhood. Some have told me the same thing...why go for what you already have?...because I love and am passionate about Early Childhood, that's why! It's my degree, and I am doing it because I love it - not because it's what someone else may think it is what I should do. My goal is not to have as many certifications as possible. I, like you, am very happy in my elementary classroom. It is the same here if you have spec. ed. that is where the school district is going to put/move you. I may go back for reading specialist - but ONLY because it would be helpful in my 1st grade classroom, not because I am trying to make myself more marketable....

    Okay, just my 2 cents! haha :)
     
  4. BioAngel

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    I started my Masters program online at the University of Scranton this past fall. I chose a MS in Curriculum and Instruction because its an area that I feel I want to develop my skills in. It has the right classes for me--- yes, many of them are repeats or similar to the ones I took for my BS in Science Education, BUT the content and skills I'm learning is much more meaningful to me now than it was while I was getting my BS. Since its meaningful to me, it's worth it.

    Yes, I will eventually attempt to get certified in other areas--- such as technology, more science areas, or special education, but let me lay down a good foundation since I am in the EDUCATION profession. I can understand how it won't make me stand out of a crowd, but its what I feel I need to do as a professional.

    I often feel that many of these extras in education are like the "As Seen on TV" gizmos. Yes they look cool and do neat things, but they can only do one or two functions and usually just get crammed into the back of a draw. If you don't have a good educational foundation, you can forget about using the extras--- those extras are not going to really get your students to learn.
     
  5. goopp

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    I finished my M.Ed. in ECE last July. My certification is in ECE, too. I enjoyed the learning, but I did it for the $6000 raise!
     
  6. Reality Check

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    I got my masters in educational leadership and principal's certificate specifically to make myself more marketable. As in getting out of my current district marketable.
     
  7. Ima Teacher

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    I was not interested in any of the "education" programs offered by the closest university, so I got a subject area masters. (These were the pre-internet days, so no online classes.)

    I was teaching high school (11th & 12th) English, and I have a masters in American & British literature. Those were the things I was teaching, so it didn't make me more "marketable" for another position, but it did help me do a better job in my teaching.

    Even when I moved to middle school, I was able to use things I learned in my masters program. I have gone back for a second masters since then, but I'm pretty nerdy and like school . . . as long as I don't feel like I'm wasting my time. I would have felt like I was wasting my time had I worked on an education masters.
     
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    I have a general Master's too, but I started out with a focus in Reading, then did something different towards the end. I think it might benefit you to get a Reading teacher license, if they have that program. I learned so many things that benefitted my special needs children, without being SPED certified. Many of the teachers in my school are getting a Learning Disabilities Masters. Again, it helps in the regular Ed. classroom, without being totally SPED.
     
  9. Bumble

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    I'm starting my Masters at Cabrini too! I'm taking the Principal program. I think it is perfectly acceptable to get your Masters in Education.
     
  10. Ms. I

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    No type of education is ever a waste. I got my Masters in Education w/ emphasis in Specical Ed in '06 & I don't regret it. I'm back in school switching gears to the speech-language pathology field to hopefully start grad school soon for that, but having that special ed degree background will definitely help.
     
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    I also have a masters in education. Like you, I am happy in my reg ed classroom. I did learn a lot but I did it for the money.
     
  12. stephenpe

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    $6000 dollar raise? I want to work in your district. I think we get about 2k but it was less for years.
     
  13. cheerfulfifi

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    In PA you only need 24 credits to get your Level II certification, which is not quite a full masters degree.
    I started a masters program and decided it wasn't what I wanted to do, but I want to get my Level II ASAP. I found using Learner's Edge is a great way to get the credit hours for a cheap price to get that Level II and then I figured I can get my master's later on when I know what I want to do, when I have more money, and want to move over on the pay scale.
    Learner's Edge is a way to take practical classes, usually 3 credit classes for about $375 (a class). I have been able to apply something from every course I've taken to my actual classroom which is great. Check out their website and consider it as an option for Level II.
     
  14. Elocin

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    Thanks for this info! I don't have the $$ to start my master's and I was worried about the cost of classes.
     
  15. cheerfulfifi

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    No problem! You can also get a discount if you get other teachers to send in registration forms too- and you don't all have to take the same class!
     

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