I teach in California and currently have a job at a private school. I have a preliminary credential and in California if you do recieve a clear credential with 5 years of the Preliminary, then you lose even that credential. Here's my problem. In about 3 years, my preliminary credential expires. I want to take classes to clear my credential, but since I am at a private school, I have to enter a Masters program which includes the induction that you have at public schools. I don't know what to do. If I take the program to clear my credential then I end up with a Masters, and I heard that it is very hard to get hired with a Masters. If I don't take the program, then I lose my credential in 3 years. The private school is nice, but I worry about a Master's degree hurting me if I ever decide to leave and get a job at a public school. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.