Masters & beyond

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  1. kpa1b2

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    I carpooled with friends to a workshop last week and we got to talking about our masters. One of the ladies said she didn't think she was going to get her masters. I was just astounded. We told her that she will need to get it eventually in order to keep renewing her teaching license.

    So, my question to everyone is: do you have a masters & if so what is it in. How did you decide to get your master's in that particular area? If you have a master's what are your future plans.

    I'll go first.

    I was a certified teacher, who's certification had lapsed. I was doing day care. The owner of the center I worked at kept hiring these people who had master's in early childhood. She kept saying how great they'd be. Well they weren't. I decided to look into master programs in early childhood. All required that I be a certified teacher. That was easy. So now I have my master's in early childhood & am teaching 3rd grade.

    My future plans are up in the air. I need to renew my certification in 3 years. I'm thinking about a reading endorsement, getting my Ed Specialist in reading or becoming a board certified teacher in early childhood.
     
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    I lack my research project to complete my Master's degree in Ed with an emphasis in English. I got this because I wanted to be able to teach dual credit English as well as teach English as an adjunct prof at the local universities. I wish I had done more research before I just jumped in and did it. I probably would have done things differently.

    Next I'm torn between picking up an ESL endorsement or a Library Science endorsement. It seems to me the librarian has the best job in the building. I definitely want to get a plus 30 at least.
     
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    I just finished my Master's in SPED, tho I am teaching science. I almost completed a Master's in early childhood years ago, but freaked out about orals and never finished. Now I'm kicking myself over it!
    I will probably continue taking classes, not sure in what.
     
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    I am working on it now and in my first class. So far, I think this is totally do-able.
     
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    I got my master's in ed- if I had to do it over, I'd be more specific like library or technology. Just completed coursework for my adminstrator's license but wouldn't recommend that. I really want to get board certified.
     
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    For us Canadians...could you please explain why you need to renew your certification every 3 years and what board certified means?
     
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    masters

    I have a master in education (elementary). I plan on going back for a 2nd masters in either M.S. Curriculum & Instruction or M.S. Educational Learning Literacy/Reading.

    I plan to eventually get a Ph.D in education so I can become a professor of teacher education or literacy instruction.

    Obviously I love being in school! I miss it right now b/c I haven't taken a college class in 3 years! I plan to start my 2nd masters spring 09.
     
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    I got my masters for two reasons. The first reason was because I wanted a pay raise (and that was the biggest reason since it bumped me up on the scale by about $5000.00 a year). The second reason was to become more knowledgable about teaching literacy. My masters is in curriculum and instruction with an emphasis on literacy. I was very disappointed with my program and feel as though I enrolled in a program that focused on diversity. Although diversity is important, it doesn't help me to teach the struggling readers and writers in my classroom.

    Here in Washington, it depends on how long you've had your teaching certificate and what type of certificate was issued to you. You don't have to have a masters degree to keep your certificate anymore. That was a phase about 10 years ago, but has since been changed. I have what they call a residency certificate and it was good for 5 years. During that five years we had to enroll and complete a professional certification program. Once we've completed the program, we are given a professional certificate that expires (I believe) every six years. You must earn 150 clock hours to renew your certificate. I believe the reason the state of Washington has changed our certificates is to keep up with NCLB. They want teachers who are constantly educating themselves on the standards and who are making an effort to keep up with the most up-to-date research and practices so that we can provide the best education for our students. With that said, the professional certification program was a big pain in the behind. I was extremely annoyed with all the work that we had to complete to "prove" that we could teach. The one thing that I did enjoy from pro cert was that I am constantly analyzing my teaching strategies and the reasons why I am teaching the curriculum I'm teaching. I'm also communicating those reasons with my students so they understand why we are doing what we are doing as well.
     
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    I have a BA in Psychology, and am about to start my masters program in Counseling, with an option in School Psychology. Obviously, I am leaving the classroom, but will still be in schools, just in a different capacity. Although I have always intended to follow though with a PhD., after a three year Masters program, I am not so sure I will want to. I guess I will cross that bridge when I get to it.
     
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    I have two BS's and 22 graduate hours. I am 3 classes from a masters and that's as far as I plan on going for now. I have 4 years before I need to renew my license. I am not sure that I'll like my new position....my experience is scaring people away (too much money) and I'm not going to overqualify myself by finishing. Did I say it was in sped. too?

    However my mother-in-law was required to have her masters in NY.
     
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    Well, I can't generalize it across the country. But, in most places they've done away with permanet certification as in, once you are certified that's it. In my area you renew your cert every so many years (obviously as was posted some are different). Once you get tenured (which can change from place to place) I believe some districts make the time between renewing longer or may not at all. Being board certified goes along with NCLB and could possibly include the certification requirements by the particular state board of education.

    I know my mother had hers renewed every 8 years and she had a perm certificate, she just had to renew her license. She's been retired for 2 years now and things change.
     
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    Oops, forgot to post about me.
    I two bachelors-neither in education. I am doing alt cert and knew in my area I'd need a Masters so before I got a job I completed a M. Ed in Classroom Mgmt-concentration in Humanities. Once I landed my job last year, because of alt cert. I have to get another Masters..I'm 5 classes from getting my Masters of Arts in Teaching. I hope to have it by the end of Spring Semester or first of Summer next year.

    Most teachers in this area must get their Masters. For new teachers by their 5th year teaching, for those that were already teaching, they had a deadline of 5 yrs from a certain starting point (not sure how that worked, I wasn't a teacher then.) This second masters will also raise me up to Rank I teacher with a 4-6,000$ pay raise. :up:
     
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    I am in my first class for my Masters in Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment. I always knew I wanted to get my Masters after graduating with my BA in Education, but I wasn't sure for what. I finally decided on C&I because I can do more and move up into central administration whereas with school counseling, I could not.

    Here in Texas, you have to renew your license every 5-6 years, having 150 PD hours and a small fee. Districts where I am do not take board certification into consideration.
     
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    I have a bachelor's of Spanish and am still jumping hoops to get my certificate (waiting on last test score and fingerprinting to clear). I'm going to get my Master's in Spanish through this program that lets you go to Mexico for six weeks and take classes every summer for three years and then do a project and receive your degree through a state side university (southern oregon university), so I'm looking forward to that.
     
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    Gosh, a Master's only gets us a $2000 pay raise. I am definitely in the wrong part of the country.
     
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    I have my Master's in Special Education, with a focus in Mental Retardation. The Master's program was built into our Special Education program at my University so I went straight through after earning my Bachelor's. For Special Ed. we were required to complete the master's program before the University would recommend us for certification. Of course there are always ways around that but I'm very glad that I went ahead and got it out of the way and started my teaching career with a Master's and higher pay! :)
     
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    I started my masters in the winter of my second year of teaching and finished in two calendar years. I wanted to get it out of the way while I was still young, single, & had time. I also wanted the $3000 per year extra for having it.

    At the time, grad school classes were $325 each, so I had almost paid myself back with the raise from my first year.

    Having a masters degree or rank II certification is required in Kentucky. It was within 10 years when I got mine, but I think it's 5 years now.

    I've got 6 hours toward a second masters, and I've got three free grad classes for having an intern and student teacher last year.
     
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    I earned my Masters in Latin at the same time as my teaching license as part of an MAT program.

    I decided to go with a Masters degree in my field because there isn't a whole lot you can do with a BA in Latin and ancient Greek. Also, I got a fellowship which paid all my tuition, health insurance, and a monthly stipend while I was in grad school. It's hard to pass up that kind of money, you know?

    I'm planning to take random graduate-level classes until I get the +32 I need to top out the pay scale (without the PhD, obviously).

    Down the road, I'm thinking about a MA/MS in Educational Leadership. I haven't yet decided if I want to do the administration thing, but it might be nice to have that option if I ever get sick of the classroom.
     
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    I have a BS in Elementary and Special Education (minored in English) and just completed my first year teaching.

    I am currently working on graduate certificates in (1) Multicultural and Transnational Literature, (2) Character Education, and (3) Children's Literature. These programs are all on-line. By the end of next summer, I will apply for Pennsylavnia's MEQ (Master's Equivalency), which will grant me a Master's-level pay-raise.

    I will not be done with my Children's Lit certificate until the following summer, at which point I plan to begin a full Master's program.

    Our district allows you to take two years off to pursue a Master's (and guarantees your job when you return)--however, I am not sure is this will be an option once I obtain an MEQ. Regardless, I will probably earn my Masters in English.

    From there . . . a doctorate of some kind is very alluring, but I've a few years before I reach that point--so we'll see what comes of that.
     
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    pssh...you? Here we only get an extra $800 for having it, but between that an my yearly stipend for teaching foreign languages, it's about $2,000. Getting a doctorate would only add another 800 dollars.:down:
     
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    I decided to look into master programs in early childhood. All required that I be a certified teacher. That was easy. So now I have my master's in early childhood & am teaching 3rd grade.



    I would love to know what university you got your masters from, I am exploring all options now. Thanks!
     
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    I'm from Canada, and I am shocked at all the teachers with their Masters!

    At my school there were only two people with Masters... the Principal and the Vice Principal!

    I was working in Resource and Methods, and while they encourage people to have their Masters in Special Education, it's not required. I would consider getting a Masters in Special Ed, but not for quite some time. I'm just getting started!
     
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    I took a round about route into secondary ed. I have a M.S. in Mathematics with a concentration in statistics. When I was in school I had no intention of teaching at the secondary level, so I'm in the middle of my ACP. I plan on starting my Ph.D. soon. The local universities don't offer exactly what I'm looking for. I could go the same way as my master's or I could do a program in applied stats in educational research. I'm leaning towards option 2, since a lot of those classes would double for my ACP.
     
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    I have a B.S. in psychology then decided to go into teaching. I got my M.Ed. with certification in elementary education. I'll be doing my master's in reading with a reading endorsement starting in the fall. I love being in school - I'm such a dork like that! - and I'm excited to start. :)
     
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    I have a B.A. and Masters in History, a J.D., and my second Masters is in Educational Leadership.
     
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    Did you practice with your J.D.?
     
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    I got my B.A. in a content area (English) with a minor in ed. Then I went back for my M.A.T. in ECE. Now I'm working on the doc.

    After I'm done with my doc. coursework, I've got a few certificate programs I've got my eye on.

    I just like going to school & learning. :)
     
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    :)I love school.:)

    Always ready to go again.
     
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    I've always said that if I won the lottery, I'd be a full time student for the rest of my life.
     
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    I teach in KY..my first masters gave me that Rank II, now i'm anxiously waiting to go to Rank I.
     
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    I have a BFA in Dramatic Arts and took the CSET exam in California so I could teach English. Now I'm getting a master's in Secondary Ed - English Specialist, and I love the program. One year down, one to go. :)
     
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    I like it, but my brain hurts. My P said "Next is national boards!" I said "Next, I'm just gonna teach!" There is NO way I'd go for my Ph.D..I don't think my brain can handle it:mellow:
     
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    I have a BA in English and my Masters in Ed. I do want a PhD... just have to wait until the right time. First I have to do this thing in my state called ProCert, which I think is about a year of classes... not sure.
     
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    I have a B.A. in English (finished in 2006) and then did my master's plus certification program in english education 7-12 and a minor in spec ed. (finished in May of this year) I am now in the process of completing the application to begin a doctoral program in educational leadership. (Hope to begin in spring 09). My goal has always been to have my bachelors, masters, and doctorate before i turn 27 (i am 24 now). I just love learning!
     
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    I have a BS in education (elementary certification) and a M.E. in reading (pre-k-adult)...I passed the Praxis and I'm now considered a reading specialist. I got mine in reading because now I can totally change jobs if I ever want to...but the main reason is because I was teaching Title I (now I'm kinder) and wasn't considered fully certified without my reading endorsement. My county paid for me to get my masters so I jumped at the chance...actually I had to in order to keep my job. I'm so thankful I did this because they are no longer paying for the complete masters degree for teachers now...just the first 15 hours. Also, my husband and I decided we would both get our masters out of the way before starting family...I graduated in May and had our son in September! This was part of the main motivation for me! :)

    Anywho, next on my list is national boards and then administration certificate. I plan to start nb next year...I decided I won't have child #2 until I get this done! lol:)

    I too love school! This past year was my first year since I was in kindergarten that I haven't taken a class! lol:)
     
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    I graduated in 2006 w/ my Master of Arts in Education w/ emphasis in Special Education. I also have two credentials in Multiple Subjects and Mild/Moderate Disabilities. Although having a Masters isn't mandatory to be a teacher in my area, it's enabled me to start off at a higher salary of course. I was a Resource Specialist for a year.

    I'll be returning to school this fall to begin work towards a Master of Science in Communication Disorders and Sciences in the area of Speech-Language Pathology.
     
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    I don't have one yet. I plan on going back within a year or two for library sciences. I technically would never have to get a masters. In my state we only need 6 credit hours every 5 years to keep our license active. That's pretty only 2 3-credit classes every 5 years. Not nearly enough for a masters, especially since every masters program that I have ever looked into needed to be finished in 6 years.
     
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    Maybe it's just me and my University experience, but I personally wasn't that big on University... I felt like I didn't learn all that much, but luckily I had a lot of experience going in... I'm not sure how things would be without a lot of experience and an excellent mentor teacher. That's one of the reasons I'm leery of going for my Masters right away... I'm not sure it would make me a more effective teacher, and I'll be paying off my current education debts for years to come.... unless my district pays for an Ed Leave, there's not a chance that I would leave teaching for any amount of time to get my Masters (let alone work on it through the summer!)
     
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    Excuse my ignorance on this subject! What is a plus 30?

    I'm finishing up my first graduate level course for a Master's in Instructional Technology. My goal is to be a leader in technology on the school level - helping teachers effectively use technology in the classroom.
     
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    While I was an elementary teacher, I got my Master's in Curriculum and Instruction. Now that I'm a chef instructor, I'm thinking about getting a 4th college degree in business administration. :)

    As to what I could do with it? (shoulder shrug)

    I need credits for continuing certification, so I figure that my credits might as well lead to something.

    Business coursework could help me run our student operated restaurant more efficiently ... and come retirement, I've been thinking about operating a small home based business.
     

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