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?