Hi, all. I am new here and unsure if this is the proper place to ask this question, but just let me know. I am about to receive my Bachelor's degree in English this December. I have recently decided I want to become a high school English teacher. I have been weighing my options between: 1. Applying to the M.A.T English Education program at my school to start right away this Spring and 2. Taking the alternative certification route (I live in Florida) by getting a temporary certification and simply trying to get hired. I am unsure if it would be better to just start applying to vacancies with only my Bachelor's and no student teaching experience (a former teacher told me it is possible to get hired this way and therefore ensure that I actually like teaching before I spend thousands of dollars getting a Master's in it) or if I should pursue the M.A.T in order to not waste time and be certain that I am doing something toward my future as a teacher in case I cannot get hired right away. Do any of you have input onto which route you think would benefit me more? Do you think anyone would even consider hiring a new teacher with no classroom experience? (If so, what should I do to make my application stand out?) Do you think it would be wise to jump into a graduate degree with no classroom experience? Thank you for your responses!