Master's Degree

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  1. Samothrace

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    So the lingering thought of starting my Master's has been buzzing around in my head for the last few months or so. I have NO idea what I want to get it in. I feel the need to be wanting back in school. I think I'm one of those weird people that likes school. Maybe b/c it forces me to see things I might not usually see in my own buzzing about.

    How did you decide what you wanted to get your master's in?

    I also don't really want to take one that is just online. I've had online courses as an undergrad..I just don't feel like I got as much out of them. I think I'm too visual of a learner and like interacting with people a bit more.
     
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  3. Doug_HSTeach_07

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    Great thread. I'm in the same boat, as the whole fall semester I was torn by what to do. Get my administrator's certificate and make lots of cash, or continue to do what I love doing, which is being in the classroom?

    Two weeks ago I finally took the plunge. I applied for a masters program in history at a state school 35 miles from where I teach. I'll be able to take several night classes a week, stay on top of professional development, collaborate and share ideas with other history teachers, and leave the door open for teaching at a community college someday.

    I am one of those weird people that likes school too- I love having my mind stimulated and being able to learn new things just makes me tick. I completely agree about the online stuff- skip that garbage unless you REALLY, really need it and if it would be physically impossible to attend a class. Think about it- you or your school is spending lots of money to take a class; don't you want to get the most out of it?

    I love the unpredictability of a college history classroom - the discussions and the expertise of the professor, wow I just feed off of that. It's awesome.
     
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    I'm the same way, Doug. Maybe all of us here are. I know that's one reason why I wanted to teach, because I knew I would get to spend my days in my favorite setting-a classroom. Plus, as a teacher we are always learning, which is wonderful!

    About the master's degree: I am working on mine in teaching. I really wish I would have chosen something else, though. I might just be feeling down because teachers are being pink slipped and I can't find a job and wonder why get a master's in teaching when I can't even find a job. But, I am trying to remember that one day things will improve.
     
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    Hey, good luck with that!! I think you're doing a great thing, and judging from your earlier posts that I've read on this site you will be an awesome teacher someday. You're probably in the shelter in the time of storm right now...and when you get out of the shelter (college) the sun will be out!

    It's really cool to know that there are so many teachers nationwide that are stoked about their job and are willing to continue learning and adding weapons and tools to their teaching arsenal!!
     
  6. Samothrace

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    Well part of me knows what I would want to get my masters in, but I know I just wouldn't be able to! I'd love to get it in Art History, problem is I am just absolutely horrible with languages. HORRIBLE! And being fluent in multiple languages is a huge part of art history. So I'm happy enough just taking the classes twithout a piece of paper that says I know the info :) I'm like you Doug and want to stay in the classroom. I've been tossing around the idea of curriculum and teaching/instruction b/c I really feel like I need to advocate why kids need art and that it should be implemented more. Those involved in the arts know it's value but finding a sure-fire test that prooves that is much trickier. I guess I want the best of both worlds, being an art teacher and being a kind of go to person about connecting curriculum. Art is academic not a freebie, getting people to understand that is tricky.
     
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    I sure hope so, but I was truly hoping to be able to land something by now. I was teaching on a temporary contract (that ended on 12/19) and it was great, but makes me even more eager to now find something else. This might have turned out to be a blessing in disguise because I had been feeling as though there was no way I could complete my master's and teach. As a first year teacher, it was enough just juggling the everyday issues in the classroom. I would always be last to leave, and then go home just to work until I went to bed. So, perhaps subbing while I am working on my master's is actually a good thing... Well, I am trying to look on the bright side anyway. Thanks Doug! :)
     
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    If I really, really had it my way, I would love to get a master's in English! I have my BA in English and would love to teach it at the college level some day, but way down the road! I need to tackle one thing at a time...
     
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    I settled on a Master's in Secondary Eeducation so that I could get an endorsement in History and teach that. I've always had a passion for History and have doen well in those classes. Since my undergraduate minor was in History and I took some graduate level History classes, I decided to put them to good use.
     
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    You'll want to talk to smalltowngal then. She's going through WGU for her Master's in Curriculum, Instruction, an Assessment.
     
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    I just finished mine in Curriculum & Instruction last spring at Kent State & loved it! I was able to do research & projects that had a music focus so it was really worthwhile! It was also great to be able to talk with people who wanted to improve on their teaching. :D
     
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    I'm doing mine in learning and behavior disorders. Hope it will make me more marketable...
     
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    It's good to see another specials teacher who just did the program I am thinking about..same school as well. I did my undergrad through Kent and their art ed program is awesome! :D Did you go with the MA of MEd?
     
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    I'm getting mine in elementary education with a reading endorsement. Part of me thinks maybe I should have done counseling. It seems like reading specialists are being phased out.
     
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    I think that would depend where you are. I know my district has them. Of course I am in an urban district that is in need of improvement.
     
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    Mine was a MEd.
     
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    I'm working on a few graduate certificates at the moment--just completed one in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures, and working on Children's Literature and Character Education. Following that, I would imagine I'll pursue a full Masters degree in English.

    However, if I end up moving, I'd love to pursue a Masters in Social/Cultural Foundations of Education and the interaction of education with politics, class, gender, race, religion, etc. Those programs look amazing!
     
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    I am getting mine in reading & literacy. I am hoping to perhaps become an academic coach in my district... we will see :)
     
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    I have my Masters in Education w/ emphasis in special ed. I got it in this area because at the time, I wanted to be a resource specialist, which is a type of special ed teacher who works w/ kids in small grps throughout the day. It's usually a pull-out method program. That's the type of class I starting subbing for one day & I liked it so much that that's the only type of classes I'd sub for. Being a general ed teacher, working w/ 30+ kids all day long never really interested me, but I have a multiple subjects credential (in addition to a mild/moderate disabilities credential) just in case I had to teach gen ed.

    I guess I'm the type of person who likes school too because I've returned back to school where I'm now a speech pathology student. I'll need another Masters to be a speech-loanguage pathologist, which I believe I'll like much better than teaching.
     
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    I've made the plunge into Counseling and School Psychology. I just wanted to get out of the classroom.
     
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    I loved grad school and could be a professional student if Dh wouldn't throw a fit. I got mine in Gifted Ed because I plan on taking the GATE coordinator's position when she retires. I'd go back tomorrow because I love the camaraderie of the people involved, and I even loved writing all the research papers.

    I got mine in Gifted Ed because I plan on taking the GATE coordinator's position when she retires. I also love those snappy, nerdy, little kids, they're just a pleasure to try to keep up with.
     
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    I think after reading some posts and dealing with the crap at my school district and what I know the majority of art teachers deal with I'm looking towards Curriculum and Instruction/Teaching.

    It breaks my heart when schools feel a gen. ed teacher can teach art. People need to really wake up and see the power art can have for our students. I am most definately a visual learner with some serious photographic memory. I really need to be an advocate for all the art teachers out there.

    Hoot Owl, I'm knicking your quote for a friend who is a book reader/writer. That sums her up so well!
     
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    I had it all set up last year to get my MA in Art Education,.. if I remember correctly the title was Art integration? I was getting ready to do all the recommendations from my P and everything but a family crisis came up and my mind wasn't in the right spot.

    Instead I saved and bought a home. Now I have to wait until I'm more financially stable to go back to school. I too am a life long learner and I miss being on the other side in the classroom, instead of the teacher role. I would love to do a Masters in Fine arts, but it's just not a reasonable degree for me at this time.

    I can't wait to go back, another art teacher friend of mine has started her track on her Masters. She is doing the fine arts approach and is planning on spending another 30,000 in student loans to attain this degree, living at home makes this doable for her, wouldn't be an option for me. I'm too used to only having 2,300 dollars worth of student debt at the moment.
     
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    I earned my masters degree in my subject area right after I finished undergrad.

    In August I'll be starting another masters program, this one in School Administration. When I'm finished, I'll be able to be a principal. Sweet! :)
     
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    Hey Sam... I got a Masters in Education: Learning Technologies. I wanted a break from just art classes, and with an emphasis being put on technology I thought it would be helpful. I did my classes in a regular classroom. When I go back for my plus 30 I'll probably do these weekend classes offered by the college of NJ.

     

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