Hi, I'm currently in my junior year in college to get my B.S. in Child & Adolescent Studies (with a focus on elementary school setting), and I have the choice of just getting my teaching credentials afterwards, or taking the combined Master's/credentialing program (which I heard is extremely difficult and expensive). The thing is, I have been receiving the Cal Grant which has covered all my tuition costs in college, and it will cover credentialing as well. But it won't cover a master's degree. So my question is... in the state of California, is a Master's degree REQUIRED to teach elementary school? Also, for those who've gotten a master's in CA, is it worth it? ...In terms of getting hired right away and receiving a higher salary? Andd what would a starting salary look like with just a bachelor's? I'm thinking of moving out of my parent's house right away after I finish school so I'd like to know. Sorry for the long question. Thanks for answering!