Master's Degree Advice

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  1. giraffe326

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    How long has it taken all of you to complete your master's?? There is a program at UNCC I am interested (reading education) that should get me a job here in MI. It is 39 credits and NONE are offered online. I used to take 18 credits at a time, while working 40 hours a week. One semester I had 18 credits, 40 hours, plus a 200 hour internship!! And I carried a 4.0. I am used to being super busy! So, when I move away, I am thinking about getting the master's degree. Going spring and summer, I am thinking I can do it in a year and a half. Does that sound crazy? 9 credits during each semester, including during the school year.
    Are there any good on-line only schools/programs? I work better with on-line classes. Plus, I could come home to visit and not worry...
     
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    Nine credits per semester, while in your first year of teaching... that is a LOT!!!!! Most people I know take 3 per semester during the school year.

    I think you might be biting off an awful lot.
     
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    I am just thinking! :) Wasn't sure how possible it was! Apparently I should shoot for two and a half years!
     
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    I'm not a vetern in teaching K - 3 but I have taught preschool and pre-K for 15 years and I still love it. I am in a master's program now working on another licensure, early childhood intervention specialist and then my master's in special ed. I am doing that to make myself more marketable. ECE jobs are few and far between here but sp. ed. jobs are everywhere. I am older than most and feel I will retire as a teacher but will not rule out possibilities in other areas of education. :)
     
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    I understand your urgency in completing a masters, but take into consideration how hectic the first year of teaching can be. (is this your first year?) I just finished my first year, and I'm glad that I wasn't working on a masters too! In Ohio we have to complete the Praxis III--not a particularly hard program, but a lot of busy work, and people have been known not to pass it when not taken seriously. Also, just getting in touch with a real teaching job and all the responsibilities can be very daunting. I didn't have very many evenings when I wasn't preparing lessons, grading papers, etc. I do have a family and they were put on the back burner quite a bit; fortunately my children are older and my husband is understanding (most of the time).:rolleyes:

    Anyway--you do what is best for you, but it might be beneficial to you to concentrate on just your job for the first year. It is a learning experience in itself!
     
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    I am taking 8 credits this semester and hoping to sub while working on this licensure which all goes toward my master's degree. I, too, have to take the Praxis III. How long in your first year did they come and evaluate you? What was it like? I'm not nervous but I want to be prepared. :)
     
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    I'm finishing up my master's degree in elem ed in December. I got my BS in Interdisciplinary Studies in Dec and started my MS in Elementary Education in Jan. I am student teaching in the fall and taking comps September 29th. This year has been a whirlwind. When graduating with a BS in educ and taking all required state tests, you don't receive your teaching cert/license at my university (ODU). You can go get a provisional license or continue with the MS. You only go through student teaching in the MS or career switcher program. They kind of have you over a barrel, so you might as well. I'm just relieved that it's almost over now. I'm very anxious and nervous as my student life as I know it is about to come to an end. (I'm 42...hehehe!):unsure:
     
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    Good for you! I finished my BA in 2006 at 42, but I'm still facing my masters. I can honestly say I;m not really looking forward to it, but I'm planning on taking an online program, so maybe that will be different. Until I started reading these posts, I didn't realize just how many late bloomers there really are. I don't feel so alone!!:2up:
     
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    All the classes I had to take for my MS were available on-line and at distance learning centers. I somewhat miss the interaction, but don't miss the hour drive there and back. My placement is 3rd grade in our neighborhood elementary school where my daughter just finished 5th grade. My son is going to be a senior this year.:woot:
     
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    I got my degree BS back in 96 and decided at the ripe old age of 35 to go back to school and get a Teaching Credential. I felt so old and overwhelmed, but then I discovered this site and you guys inspire me to do so much more. I already passed the CBEST and feel real confident about CSET subtest 1 and am now contemplating a Master's program when I'm in my 40's because now I see that is totally more than doable.

    Thank you guys and keep posting.

    Ana
     
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    I worked as a coordinator for a land-use program in a city real estate office for 16 1/2 years. I needed a change and had always wanted to finish my BS. At 18, I wanted to be a teacher, but changed my mind somewhere along the way, got married, had kids, etc..... I tried going back several years ago, but it was just too difficult. I bit the bullet and quit my job in 2003. My kids were 7 and 13. I am proud of myself and my familiy for putting up with me. This site is great for keeping me focused. I love to read everyone's advice, insight, and opinions.
     
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    Yes this will be my first year, and I am moving from MI to NC all alone, so I'd like to stay busy! I figure with a masters in that area, I should be able to get a job in MI. Plus, I figure it will be easier to do all this before I get a family!!
     
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    I will miss the interaction with other students as well, but i don't want to have the travel time. There aren't any schools nearby that offer masters.

    I have one son who's a junior in college (20 yrs. old) and my other son will be a sophomore in high school. He just turned 16 and now has his license. WOW! Having two on the ole' car insurance really hurts! (I thought 1 was bad)
     
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    Another question: I know having a Masters can hurt a new teacher with no experience, but if you have a couple years in, is it still hard to find a different job? Just wondering...
     
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    Welcome ShellBe.....I am thinking about starting a thread for the 'over 40 gang'!! :haha:

    Always glad to meet a fellow ECH teacher!!! :)

    edited to add: Minding sharing where you are??? May have fellow posters who could give some insight on job market in that area.
     
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    How do you think it will hurt you? The only thing I can think of is salary-wise. Many districts bring in all new teachers at a certain salary. But if the teachers have a strong union, they pay based on education, so that is usually not a problem. Most salary scales list B.A/B.S., B.A. +36 and then M.A., etc. I didn't have enough credits so I had to come in at the B.A. level.
     
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    Nice to meet you Combo!

    Would you care to step over to my "NCLB, love it or hate it" thread, and share some of that excitement??!! I love your last line!
     
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    Nice to meet you too! :)

    I am in northeast Ohio, near Cleveland. Tough job market, sigh. I love ECE and have always loved teaching the little ones! I finally finished my BS in ed and now on to my Master's and sp. ed. licensure. I am not 40 yet but close enough at 37!! :)
     
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    I heard that from a few of my undergrad prof's the semester before student teaching...they claim the districts would rather pay a BA, BS teacher with less experience than a master's grad with less experience. This is why i am taking the classes that count toward my Master's but will always allow me to earn another licensure first. :) I am hoping with QE standards I will find a district to help me pay for the rest of my master's program. :)
     
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