Hello again, everyone! So I'm still trying to figure out a credential program. Thank you to everyone's help, my last thread helped me decide between CalStateTeach's multiple subject credential program and a CSU multiple subject credential program/master's degree combined program (thanks, yellowdaisies!) However, I am having the worst time actually choosing between the two...I literally change my mind every hour! I've made a pros/cons list...they fall just equal of each other. I think what it comes down to for me is if the master's degree is going to hurt me initially. I have heard that it is "better" and more marketable to get the masters AFTER you start teaching...that way you get hired because you aren't too expensive on the pay scale, and the teaching experience will help you a lot more in the master's classes. However, I also can't deny the fact that the credential/master's program is MUCH more cost effective, and it would be much easier to finish all my master's classes before I actually start teaching. Now, yellowdaisies herself told me she doesn't see a problem with me having a master's and getting hired in the SoCal market with no teaching experience. This is good news for me, but I have heard that in other areas, this may not be the case. I definitely want to extend this question to the entire U.S., because it is very possible that I will move upon graduation, maybe Utah or Nevada. I'm interested in all perspectives...you never know where life may bring you. I don't want to completely block myself out of a job. Thank you in advance, everyone. I know it's a personal decision, and everyone's mileage varies differently, but it helps to hear multiple perspectives. I've searched the forums for this question and found a few threads, but maybe this thread will find someone who hasn't responded yet.