What to do- Masters or just add certification?

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  1. giraffe326

    giraffe326 Virtuoso

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    I have a dilemma. I am 80% sure that my lack of reading/language arts certification is holding me back from landing a job in my desired geographical area (I HAVE a job, it is just about 750 miles too far from my family :unsure: ). My college has since changed requirements so elementary education majors HAVE to get certified in both math and language arts. I am certified in math, social studies, and early childhood.

    Anyway, I need to start taking college courses to renew my license (I have to have 12 credits in the next 3 years).

    I WANT to get my masters in Technology (within education). I love using it and it if definitely my passion.

    However, I think a Reading Specialist will get me much farther- even if it is not what I want to do.

    My other option is to add a language arts certification. It would take 24 credits, and I think some of my previous credits might transfer (not sure since it has been 6 years and they have changed the names of the courses). I currently have an email out to someone at my university to see if they can tell me what credits would transfer, if any.

    I keep going back and forth on what I want to do, so I would like some opinions :)

    So, what would you do? Get certified to help get a job and get a masters in my favorite area, or just get the masters in the needed area. I
     
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  3. smalltowngal

    smalltowngal Multitudinous

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    Don't waste money on a masters degree that you won't be happy with. I would go with the certification in lang arts and the masters in Technology.
     
  4. perplexed

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    What I'm doing it getting my reading specialist certification along with my Master's Degree. I took my elective courses first and got my reading teacher license , and now I'm doing my Master's along with my reading specialist. I think it'll help my career, rather than just getting my Master's. I like the idea of having another license to keep more options open.
     
  5. Jlyn07

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    I was undecided on what to get my master's in - literacy or special ed. I chose literacy and then just took the classes (5 of them) to get the special ed certification.

    In NY anyway, it usually doesn't matter to the school HOW you got the certification, just that you have it.
     
  6. mopar

    mopar Multitudinous

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    I would definitely get the certification in language arts/reading, but I'm not sure I would pursue a master's in something that I wasn't entirely happy with as it is a lot of work and time.
     
  7. Milsey

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    Certification - cheaper and quicker. I'm glad to see ELA is not just an add-on and that you do have to take some courses.
     

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