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.