Question about masters

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  1. teacher1223

    teacher1223 Rookie

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    I taught elementary school for 4 years. I was at my previous district for 3 years. My principal chose not to rehire me and several other teachers for no apparent reason (she got forced out over the summer because we had major problems at our school because of her). After all the chaos, I wasn't sure I wanted to continue teaching and took an office job. I've realized that I do miss teaching and that my original plan, to pursue a master's and become a reading specialist, is still what I want to do. I know most people teach full time while getting their degree. I'm more interested in going straight to school full time then looking for a reading specialist position. At this point, I know what I want and it's not juggling a classroom at a new school while going back for my masters. I don't want wait that long for my degree and I'm fortunate enough that financially, I don't need to work full time. My question is, am I crazy? Am I greatly hurting my chances of ever getting a job? I guess I feel like - this is what I want and I should just go for it but I don't want to act too rashly (I did that once in my life - when I left teaching - and I'm not planning to do it again). Any advice would be greatly appreciated!! Thanks!!!
     
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  3. nmurray

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    If becoming a reading specialist is what you want to do, and what you've wanted to do for a while, it isn't acting too rashly. It seems like you've put a lot of thought into that path. If I were in the financial position that you are in then I would go get my master's full time and sub or do something to bring in cash when needed. If you don't need to juggle a new classroom and go to school at the same time, then don't. Try not to compare yourself to others (those who go to school and teach full time simultaneously - they may not have a choice and you do!). And I am not sure what the job climate is where you are, but I don't see why forgoing teaching another year or two to get your master's will hinder your chances at a future job. Volunteer or make connections some other way? If becoming a reading specialist is something you have 100% no doubt you want to do then go for it. The time will pass anyway, no sense in putting it off longer.

    Good luck!
     
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    I would just check the requirements for the program very carefully and make sure you ask someone in person if it's okay to not be teaching while completing the program (and make sure you won't have to be doing "field experiences" like an undergrad if you don't have your own classroom). In my MA program they were constantly asking us to try things in our class/with our students. We were required to be currently teaching to be in the program.
     
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    I'm currently in a literacy specialist program full time, while working for a school district part-time. I definitely don't think it's an issue, especially considering the nature of the reading specialist degree. The content is what you'll use in a gen ed classroom, too, so it's not wasted if you don't find a specialist position.
     

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