I am planning on teaching in Baltimore County Public Schools (Maryland) or in a surrounding county/city. I am currently in an AAT program for Elementary Education, but will transfer to a four year institution for my BA in Elementary Education. However, my question is...Is a masters degree necessary? I know that the pay is better, but I am unsure whether or not I will be able to keep up with working (either as a teacher or as a sub) while going for my masters and be able to pay it off. I was thinking about maybe minoring in a specific subject area, but can anybody tell me how that works? I read somewhere that 30 credits in that certain field will allow me to teach that subject in any secondary grade. Any advice offered is appreciated. I really think I am leaning towards a minor in either Math, Earth/Space Science, or Geography (or other social sciences field). Umm, is it realistic to have two minors? However, the university I am looking at only offers Earth-Space Science as a major requiring 14 classes in that area. The math minor is only 7.