Master's Degree = Negative??

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  1. Miss Bliss

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    I feel very conflicted. I am stuck in a private school with little to no hope of obtaining a public school job because I have no special qualifications (and no personal connections.) I'd like to add that in my area, there are 300 applicants per job opening. So it's pretty tough! This is my fifth year as a private school teacher.

    Therefore, I have thought about obtaining my master's degree in the hopes of becoming a reading specialist. Is it worth it? Going back to school is a lot of money. What if the public schools don't even hire me? Then I've wasted money and time on an extra degree. Any thoughts or ideas?
     
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  3. LAH2

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    I have always heard that having a certification as a reading specialist could be very helpful in getting a job, but I don't know that for sure. It could be that one thing that helps you stick out from the hundreds of other applicants. I'd be interested in hearing what others have to say though because I just don't know.
     
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    Miss Bliss, I see that your location is listed as New York, do you teach in New York state? Because if you do than you need a master's degree anyway to keep your certification current so it might help you to get it as administrators could be worried about your certification lapsing.
     
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    Master degrees are always worth it when trying to get a specialized position. I will be searching for a position as a Literacy Coach/Reading Specialist next year as well. I'm finishing my MA in May and am taking the GACE test in reading around Decemberish or sometime around there.

    Granted, you may have to drive a bit. I'm hoping to stay within district, but I also expect that I may have to drive 30-45 minutes for a position. It may not be where you want it, but at least your foot is in the door.
     
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    I think once you have your teaching experience, most master degrees are an excellent idea to think about getting. I wouldn't recommend a new teacher who has no teaching experience get one-- I've heard from many people that schools don't want to pay new teachers extra money if they have no experience just because they have their master's. But since you do have your B.S. and teaching experience, I say go for it!!

    Some can also help you become a licensed teacher so look for that :)
     
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    I think when people hire a reading specialist they want someone with a couple of years, so they might be willing to pay for your years.
     
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    I guess it's another one of those things that depends on the area where you live! I'll say again (I've said it in another post) that a principal in a neighboring county found out (my mom told her) that I'm getting my masters degree in Elem. Reading and Math K-6 and she told my mom that if the county finds out they'll be calling me without my putting in applications (because of the math part).
     
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    In NY state, you will need a masters degree to keep your certification. So, choose something you enjoy and that is marketable....Reading Specialist is a good one. If at all possible, I would not let your certification expire just because you are at a private school. You never know what the future will bring.
    (By the way, if you only have private colleges in your area, you can still save some money and take SUNY classes by using the SUNY Learning network (online classes from the SUNY programs).
     
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    One should never view higher education as a waste, (but I know you're asking in terms of whether you'll be able to get a job if you have the higher degree). Sure, a Masters always looks good, but sometimes, it's still hard to say. I have a Masters, but it's not mandatory to have one to teach in my state.

    Good luck!
     

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