Master or Bachelor degree?

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  1. tuankiet153

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    I am a math teacher. I am going to hold a Master degree in Mathematics. Can you tell me the advantage of the master degree? What is the difference in salary between the master holder and bachelor holder? What should I do after I receive the graduate degree?
     
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    It's a pay bump here, but that varies and will depend on your school. It also makes you eligible to teach classes at a community college.
     
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    Depends on where you're at, but typically, you'd apply for the master's level teaching license so you can get the master's pay.
     
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    In my area, over time, you'll make significantly more money with a masters degree. You say your degree is in math. Did you also take education courses?
     
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    It really depends on where you work. Each state / county / city / district has different pay scales.
    With a Masters in your subject area, have you considered teaching college or community college? In some places, they pay more. You could also look into teaching at an independent school with your Masters in Math. They value higher degrees in content area over a degree in education and your working conditions are generally very good.
     
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    In my district it is a $3000 per year salary increase. I can also teach certain English classes at the college level. It is the same for my husband’s math and computer science degrees.

    Until this last year a masters was required here to maintain a teaching certificate.
     
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    Oh wow
     
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    It can be even more than that it my district. At step 1, it's only a $1,300 increase if you have a masters. By step 14, it's an $8,000 increase if you have a masters. By step 26, it's a $29,000 increase - because you no longer get an annual raise after step 14 if you only have a bachelors degree.
     
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    In my local district they only pay $798 per year for a master's degree!!!! and it has to specifically be in exactly what you are teaching -- so degrees like "Urban Education" and "Administration" don't qualify (this is at the elementary level, where we teach all the subjects.) The amount is totally ridiculous and it explains the "value" placed on teachers here.
     
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    It's $2,000 after step 25 regardless of degree level here, so your district is blowing it out the water.
     
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    I got about a $7000 raise when I got my MA. Like Bella's, our scale also cuts off at a certain point if you don't have your MA degree, so if you're planning on sticking around long term it's basically required. In my first district, they gave a $1K stipend each year- completely not worth it! I started my MA as soon as I started in this district and finished my 5th year. Definitely the best financial decision I've ever made!

    Over the past couple of years I also got my MA+20 and then this year finished my +40. Those were about a $1500 raise each- only worth it because I found some really cheap classes via Learner's Edge. Over time the extra $3000 will add up. We have one more lane you can do, +60 (actually, there's a doctorate lane too but that's absolutely not worth an extra $1500). During the stay at home would have been a great time to do more classes but I just don't want to spend the extra money in these uncertain times. Eventually I'll complete that one too.
     
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    Can you please tell me how to apply for the master's level teaching license? I am working for a large district in Houston. Thank you.
     
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    My degree is completely pure math, no education courses.
     
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    Yes. I wanna teach at college level. Thats why I am working on Master degree. Can I both teach at secondary level and college level?
     
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    Can you tell me what step1....step 26 mean?
     
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    Its really interesting. Can you tell me what your district is?
     
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    Wow How long does it take for you to get $7000 extra?
     
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    The steps correspond to your years of teaching. If/when you switch districts, you may not get credit for all your years. Some districts have caps, for instance step 7 may be the highest place they put a new hire on the scale, whether they have seven or twenty years of experience.

    My district has three pay scale lanes for fully credentialed teachers: BA only, BA+30, and BA+60. I got a masters which put me at BA+60, but it didn't need to be a masters, I could have just submitted 60 units worth of courses. Having a masters or PhD doesn't add anything to your salary, but National Board Certification is worth $5000/year. Check out the pay scales for your district to see how to improve your pay.

    This upcoming year, year 10 for me, I will make 12,000 more as a BA+60 than I would have as a BA+30, and 17,000 more than a BA only.
     
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    Yes, those steps often align to the number of years a person has been teaching. Each year, you move up a step (and, therefore, get a raise).

    However, the steps aren't always aligned to years of experience. Sometimes, when a district overhauls the salary schedule, they reassign teachers to a step that still offers a decent raise but is not aligned to years of experience.

    Regardless, you move up steps as you become more experienced. It's how you get a raise. If you are wanting to teach at the college level, this may or may not apply. The steps and lanes salary schedules are common in K-12 public schools.
     
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    Yes, you can teach both at the same time. If you did that, you'd teach secondary during the day and college in the evenings.
    I know that there's a very high demand for math anf IT instructors at the post sec level (community college and beyond).
     
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    I'd ask the HR department at the district where you work for more information and help on this question rather than from well intentioned strangers on the internet who may be giving inaccurate information. Each district and state may operate differently.
     
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