This subject came up within another thread, but here's a specific question I've been wondering about: How many of you live in states that require a Master's Degree to teach (not including college)? I believe there are states whose credential programs result in a Master's Degree. Is that correct? I was saying in the other thread that it is frustrating to keep earning credits (many of which are mandatory training, so I choose to pay for units to get credit for pay scale) that EQUAL a Master's program in duration and expense. I really don't think it is justifiable for me to fork out another $10K-$12K for an MA. I LOVE being a student, but I just don't know if that's a good use of my resources. (It would be less expensive to go to a state university, I know, and I suppose I should consider that, since I have my BA and credential from a top private school. [Thank the Lord for student loans! :-D] But I just love that school's focus and reputation. Hmmmm...maybe that's my dilemma to work on!) Anyway, I'd love to hear how the rest of the country deals with this issue. With all the teacher prep and testing (California is tough!), becoming a teacher is already an expensive venture. Going even higher with the degrees is out of the question for so many!