YEARS ago, when I was considering going back to school to become a teacher, I contacted a local university and the department head told me the current trend was to go from BA right into Masters of Ed, then get a teaching job at higher pay. I have always regarded the title of Master (like a Master Sergeant, Jedi Master or Master Splinter) to be synonymous with years of field experience. I did not feel comfortable going from 0 to "expert on paper only". I also felt it was a sales pitch. Fast forward to today, and I hear differently. Don't get your masters and try looking for jobs. You may get turned down because they have to pay you more. Instead, work in a district you are happy at, then pursue your masters and the district pays for it (investing in you). Thoughts? Another question. Which do you think is more difficult to earn: Masters in Education or MBA? One of my education professors earned both and basically said he had a lot of "dum dums" in his MBA program that were not smart enough to teach.