Masters before any teaching experience?

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  1. 1tarasue

    1tarasue New Member

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    Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and I need some advice. I am preparing to begin an education program online. I had thought that because I am changing careers it would be more valuable for me to get a Masters degree that also led to initial licensure. However, I recently spoke to a friend of mine who used to teach and she said that getting a Masters prior to having any experience would be a mistake... She said she had trouble getting hired because schools did not want to have to pay her more due to her advanced degree. Has anyone here had a similar experience or heard anything of that sort?

    Any advice is greatly appreciated as I'm trying to figure how best to spend my financial aid money and secure a job as soon as I can. Thanks!
     
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    I went through sort of a similar situation, what I did was take classes until I got my license addition, and then looked for a job right after adding that license area. I found a job and took two semesters off from grad school while adjusting to my new job, and I'm currently finishing my masters while employed - I'm even able to get tuition reimbursement from my employer, which is a great help.

    That being said, I know of many teachers who have gotten a first teaching job after getting their masters - it probably depends more on the state you are in and the districts or schools you will be interviewing in. Some schools don't pay extra for having a masters degree, and some do. In my state the public schools do, so I think it can be harder for some teachers with a masters to get hired if they don't have experience, but again it just depends. I hope that helps some!
     
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    I would echo that you need to be familiar with what is accceptable in the area where you hope to work. A master's isn't a problem in many areas, but in the area where I work, that would just make you more expensive and inexperienced.
     
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    I agree that it depends on your area.

    I got my masters before teaching, and it was no trouble for me, but 1) I got a job before all the mass layoffs and 2) I teach in a geographic area where we are always in need of teachers.
     
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    It didn't hurt me--I got my first job this year right after graduating with my masters. My geographic area is tough (NJ), but I think being in math helped.
     
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    I was hired with no experience and a master's degree, as were two other teachers at my school recently. Of course, in my state every teacher needs a master's within five years so some districts don't seem to care either way.
     
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    I got hired as a new teacher with a masters this year, as did 7 of my friends. I'm in California, where the job market is extremely tough. Maybe it makes a difference in some areas, but it doesn't seem to here.
     
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    Thanks!

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    Thanks everyone for your input. I just began my Masters of Ed. program online this week. I figure if I have trouble getting a job it probably would have happened anyway and since I am acquiring all these loans I want a Masters to show at the end of it.

    Trouble is, I'm not 100% sure about where I'll be when I start job hunting as my husband's job is a bit in the air and we'll probably move at least once more in the next couple of years.

    Hopefully this is the right decision. I intend to make the most out of my second time in school, either way.
     
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    I say go for it anyway & I'm glad you started. I've always believed that if something's meant for you, you'll get it whether you already have a Masters or not. I worked on a Masters in Special Ed while still being a substitute teacher & I got hired the same summer I graduated. I was never really worried.
     

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