no more steps for master's?

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  1. Irma

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    Has anyone heard of the study that a general master's in ed has no positive influence on student performance? There's something brewing at my district where hiring teachers with master's in ed isn't smiled upon (mainly because it's more expensive)...I am concerned. I just always thought we'd hire the best candidate and if they had a master's = great and if not, great. It was the person. :confused:
     
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    With budget cuts, soaring utility bills, and gas being so expensive, school districts are just trying to save money. A brand new teacher will cost $20 to $40 K less than one with experience and a masters.
     
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    We are a small district so I can see it from that perspective...it just got me wondering if there is a new trend. We have to hire a new teacher next week and can't afford a master's degree.
     
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    I recently earned a masters degree as a reading specialist. It has revolutionized my teaching on a daily basis. It is very valued in my district and there are salary increases as a result. Some people are even going to get their doctorates.
     
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    That's funny because I am annoyed with my new district that they require all teachers new to the district (new or experienced) to get 24 post-grad credits in their first 6 years, and they all have to be in a "program" whether they already have a Master's or not. I already have mine, so I am annoyed that I have to do this. If I have to enroll in a program AND take 24 credits, I might as well just take 9 more and get a second master's.
     
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    I have heard this. It makes me wonder if it is worth it to go for my master's.
     
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    A master's is required for all public teachers in Kentucky.
     
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    A master's is also required in NY state (after x amt. of years). Most districts around here don't want you with out it.
     
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    I've never heard of such a study...it seems contradictory to me. Many districts for a long time have been hesitant to hire a (more expensive) candidate with a masters when they could easily hire 1-2 fresh out of college candidates for far less money.
     
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    I have not heard of this study. But, it is not unheard of for districts to not want to hire people who have MAs because they are more expensisve. I am not motivated in the least to finish my master's paper, and part of what helps me to justify it is that when I leave my current school...eventually....other districts may not want to hire me because of my cost...:eek:
     
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    When I was first looking for a public school job, a master's degree was something that set me apart from the others and so it was one of my motivaters.

    Whether my district wants to pay for master's or not, it will remain an issue they will have to figure out. Even when we hire someone without this degree, the teacher will continue his/her education (professional development) and will obtain that many credit hours to make the step up...so, the district will have to pay whether it's a master's or professional courses (which ARE linked to student performance).

    I guess I will pay close attention to this issue this year...Thanks for all of your comments..it helps to know that most districts value higher education.
     
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    Around here, they tend to hire teachers without Masters, knowing that those teachers will have to get one anyway within a few years.

    And I think that, at least in Secondary Ed, you'll want at least a fair amount of your Grad credits to be in the subject you'll be teaching, not in Education.
     
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    so in a way, I can see why an EdD doesn't hold as much weight in the university system as does a PhD- a more specialized focus is where it's at whether it be master's or doctorate.
     
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    Still, I think there is huge value in obtaining a general ed master's.
     
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    For a while when I was working on my Masters back around 2003 & after, I wouldn't say anything on interviews that I was working on it & wouldn't state it on my resumes because I heard districts don't want to spend that extra money on the higher salary for that person, but of course, once I got it, I'm NOT going to deny that I have it. In fact, the summer I graduated w/ my MA was the same summer I got my 1st special ed teaching job!
     
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