Good morning, everyone! A few weeks ago I asked a question on here about getting my master's degree while working full time, and you were all very helpful and I decided to go for it. Now I've been thinking about it a little more, and I have a few questions that I'm wondering if a few of you will be able to shed some light on. I have my an elementary and middle school license (English) and I love these age groups and what I do. I want a master's in special ed mainly because I want to have the knowledge and tools to help all students in my general ed classroom, since special ed students are integrated in the general classrooms more and more (which I believe is a good thing, and why I want to further my knowledge in special ed). I don't particularly want to be a special ed teacher, though, at least not at this time (I have thought about it and areas of it really interest me, so it's possible that with time my passions might change, especially after studying special ed for two years). I am just wondering how my master's in special ed is going to help/hurt in the future. My aunt has warned me that if I have a special ed degree, the district could decide to just move me into special ed because they need someone in that area, whether or not that was the job I wanted. I know that to be true, but as of right now I'm not planning on getting licensed in special ed (licensure would be another semester and like I said, I don't really want to be a special ed teacher so I probably won't go for licensure, at least right away. I can always go back and get my credits for licensure at another time, they said, if I decide not to get it right away.) Anyway, I know this is long and I appreciate you sticking with me here, but I'm wondering if having a master's in special ed will hurt me getting future jobs as an elementary teacher...or do you think it will help? Just kind of looking for some opinions on this subject.