Hi, my wife and I recently moved to AZ as para's. She is in a middle school and I'm at a high school. This is my second year as a para, and I absolutely love it. I enjoy everything about it, but obviously it's really hard to survive on a para's "salary". My ultimate goal would to become an OT- working with mainly autistic kids, but I'm also interested in applying my music background to that profession. In order to get to that goal we obviously need to pay for our education. We both have bachelor's degrees already, and there is a program at a local community college to receive just your certification in Mild/Moderate Special Ed. It's cheaper than a master's and less time. They offer an intern pathway where you can work for 16 weeks instead of having student teaching for 12 weeks. The weird thing is they require the NEA tests (Elementary Ed I & II, and Special Ed) to be taken BEFORE you're admitted into the program. We've also considered getting our master's in special ed, but it's more expensive, and will take longer than just our certification. Since my main goal (my wife's goal is to go into school administration) is in OT, I'm wondering if it's worth getting my master's in special ed or if I should just get the certification in special ed? Right now, the goal is to get out of this rut of not being able to pay for barely anything. But I'm also looking for opinions. I have a significant amount of undergrad debt, where my wife doesn't have any. I also know that it's harder to find a job with a master's degree in education (at least that's what I've heard). I'm sorry if I'm posting this in the wrong thread, I couldn't really find one to fit my question.